An appeal is not a second trial — no witnesses are heard; no evidence is offered — but it can be a second chance at a favorable resolution of your case. The appellate court reviews only the technical aspects of your earlier proceedings to ensure that the trial court followed the law and procedure. The attorneys at the James Law Firm have decades of experience in handling criminal appeals. We work hard to convince the appellate court there was reversible error in your trial.
In most situations, a state case is appealed to the Arkansas Court of Appeals, which is divided into seven districts. The state’s highest appellate court is the Arkansas Supreme Court, which has seven justices who sit in Little Rock.
Federal criminal cases begin in a U.S. District Court. There are two U.S. District Courts in Arkansas — the Eastern District, based in Little Rock, and the Western District, based in Fort Smith. Decisions from those courts are appealed to the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in St. Louis, MO. Appeals from the various U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals go the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
A criminal case can begin in state court but end up in a federal appellate court if the appeal is based on a federal issue, such as a right granted by the U.S. Constitution. The criminal defense attorneys at James Law Firm are authorized to practice in both the federal and Arkansas courts.
Legal error, juror misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel are often the bases for an appeal in a criminal case.
The James Law Firm is among the largest criminal defense firms in Arkansas. Contact us online or call (501) 375-0900 to schedule your free consultation. Hablamos español. We have a convenient office location in Little Rock to better serve you.