A conviction by a guilty plea or after trial need not be the final word in the case. At the Coughlin Law Group, our attorneys can explore the various post-conviction remedies that may be available to overturn your conviction or admission to sufficient facts.
Don’t Wait, And Never Give Up. We Will Not Give Up On You.
A criminal conviction carries a lifetime of consequences. There may be fines, jail time and probation. There may be intrusions into one’s privacy, such as through court-mandated classes or drug tests and alcohol screens, or loss of privileges such as driver’s licenses.
The attorneys at the Coughlin Law Group have experience dealing with the relentless procedural and substantive hurdles that our laws establish against overturning cases that end in conviction or an admission to sufficient facts. We will investigate the case for legal and factual errors. We will explain the various remedies that may be available, including
- Direct appeals
- Motions for new trials
- Petitions to the Supreme Judicial Court for writs under G.L. c. 211, § 3, and
- Petitions for writs of habeas corpus
We will walk you through the entire criminal appeals process of attacking the criminal conviction, be it in the state or federal courts.
Guiding You Through The Complex Appeals Process
After conviction, you have options. You can choose to file an appeal or to bring a post-conviction motion. The process starts with your attorney, who can tell you the most appropriate method for appealing your conviction.
At our firm, we have in-depth knowledge of the rules that govern criminal appeals in Massachusetts. We can provide you with a straightforward assessment of your case and clearly explain the steps necessary to bring an appeal.
If you file a direct appeal, the process starts with your attorney filing a Notice of Appeal. You only have 30 days from the date of your conviction or sentencing, whichever is later, to file this notice.
Representing You Before The Court Of Criminal Appeals
The majority of appeals are heard by the Massachusetts Appeals Court. One exception is an appeal from a first-degree murder conviction, which would go directly to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Unlike at the trial level, at an appeals hearing, a three-judge panel hears the arguments and makes a decision. As this process and court are so different from the trial level, it is important that you work with an attorney with substantial experience arguing complex criminal appeals.
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- Administrative Licensing
- Assault Crimes and Offenses
- Clerk Magistrate
- Drug Possession
- Federal Crimes
- Gun Possession
- Larceny, Theft and Property
- Probation Violation
- Restraining Order and Harassment Prevention Order
- Sexual Assault
- Traffic and Motor Vehicle Offenses
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A conviction carries a lifetime of consequences, but it does not have to be the end of your case. Contact the Coughlin Law Group today to discuss your grounds for filing an appeal. Call 617-758-8888 or contact us via e-mail to discuss your case.