Grounds for a Post-Conviction Appeal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An accomplished criminal defense attorney based in Atlanta, Michael Kennedy McIntyre founded Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates in 1985, a legal firm that deals exclusively with post-conviction representation. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Law, Michael Kennedy McIntyre worked as an attorney in various capacities before establishing his law firm. Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates handles various post-conviction criminal defense aspects such as appeals. An appeal is a request placed before a higher (appellate) court to review and change a decision made by a lower court. The defendant can either challenge the conviction itself or challenge the sentence without referring to the underlying conviction. A successful appeal can end a case entirely or restore a case back to the initial stages. A post-conviction appeal can be made in cases where the defendant feels the verdict rendered was not sufficiently supported by the evidence, there was a miscarriage of justice, or the judge made an error of law. An appeal can focus on the weaknesses of the evidence with an aim to convince the appellate court that the evidence used by jurors to convict was too weak. Appeals focusing on error of law are aimed at proving errors of law such as a judge giving incorrect directions to a jury, the wrongful admission of evidence, or an incorrect interpretation of a defendant’s rights occurring during the trial. Miscarriage of justice appeals challenge errors of both fact and law such as a jury member being biased or a judge refusing to provide an interpreter for an accused person.