The Right to an Appeal?

FAQS: The Right to an Appeal

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FAQs About Michigan Criminal Appeals

Who Has the Right to File an Appeal?

If you have been convicted of a crime by a trial court in the federal system you may be entitled to appeal the decision to a federal court of appeals. Both the government and the defendant have certain rights to appeal:

  • In a criminal case, the defendant has the right to appeal a guilty verdict (some exceptions apply).
  • If the defendant is found not guilty, the government may not appeal the verdict.
  • Either side in a criminal case may appeal a sentence imposed after a guilty verdict.

The courts do not require you to use an attorney to file an appeal; however, due to the complexity of appellate law, especial for federal appeals, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced appellate lawyer to handle your appeal.

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