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Appeals, Writs and Habeas Corpus Petitions


When you have been convicted of a crime and felt that justice was not served, the skilled attorneys at Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC, are dedicated to protecting your rights and freedom.

An appeal is a challenge to a conviction, which can only be filed once a final verdict has been reached and the trial has concluded. Misdemeanor cases are appealed to the Appellate Division of the superior court where the case was heard, and the notice of appeal must be filed within 30 days of the conviction. Felony cases are appealed to the California Court of Appeals, and the notice of appeal must be filed within 60 days of the order of conviction.

Appeals can occur when the law was clearly misapplied by the court, perhaps by prejudicial error or where there was no substantial evidence to support the trial court’s decision. If you have been sentenced to a term that you feel is beyond what the law allows regarding the crime committed, you may appeal the term of your sentence without appealing the conviction.

Since appeals involve a great deal of time and preparation, it is critical that your appellate attorney be well versed in your case, from your first court appearance through your guilty verdict. Your appellate attorney must read all transcripts and motions from your case before and during the trial. Your appellate attorney must also write a compelling appellate brief containing the facts, arguments, and legal authority supporting overturning the conviction after reviewing your case thoroughly. If you believe your trial attorney did not perform to your expectations, you should strongly consider hiring a new attorney for your appeal, providing you with a genuine chance of overturning your wrongful conviction.


A writ is an immediate order that can occur during a trial, where an appellate court can review a trial court’s decision before the trial has concluded. A higher court may issue a writ to a lower court that demands the trial court to take a certain course of action in accordance with the law. Writs are issued when there are no other adequate remedies. Writs, like appeals, require a thorough analysis of the entire case record.

Habeas Corpus Petition

The writ of habeas corpus (“Great Writ”) is a legal document that orders whoever may be officially holding the petitioner, a person (prison warden) or agency (jail/prison/institution), to produce the imprisoned individual to the court. The court then decides whether the individual is being held unlawfully, ensuring that he or she is not being deprived of his or her constitutional rights. The writ of habeas corpus is appropriate when you are being held in custody without Due Process.

The writ of habeas corpus can be filed at any time during the case or after denial of a direct appeal. When appeal efforts are exhausted and other actions have been defeated, a writ of habeas corpus is then sought. A writ should be filed as soon as possible, as any undue delay in filing your writ of habeas corpus may result in the court declining to consider it.

At Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC, we believe that all defendants who question whether their rights have been violated should be able to challenge any questionable issues and we provide the expertise, knowledge, and support your need to receive justice. We understand appeals, writs, and habeas corpus petitions necessary to challenge your sentence or conviction and we will discuss all of the possibilities and options available to you, devising the best plan of action.

The information on this website is for informational purposes only and is not intended, nor should it be taken, as legal advice. The information may or may not apply to your case or situation. Please do not rely on any information on this website as legal advice from an attorney because it is not legal advice. Please contact us if you have any questions, and we will be happy to have one of our lawyers talk to you. Any preliminary consultation between you and a lawyer from our firm is covered by the attorney-client privilege.

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