If you, or someone you know has been convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct, CSC, or any other Michigan sex crime, it is important to hire an experienced appellate attorney to challenge an improper conviction and/or sentence. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Shannon M. Smith are particularly equipped to handle appeals and post-conviction motions in these types of cases due to our distinct knowledge and experience in handling cases involving sex crimes.
In Michigan, an individual convicted of a crime after a trial has an absolute right to appeal their conviction and/or sentence. However, to guarantee an individual's right to appeal, a Claim of Appeal must be filed with the Court within the limited time proscribed under the Michigan Court Rules (within 42 days of the sentencing date).
Individuals who plead guilty or nolo contendere to a crime, do not have an absolute right to appeal, and an appeal must be pursued by submitting an Application for Leave to Appeal. Also, individuals who fail to timely file a Claim of Appeal must seek appellate review through an Application for Leave to Appeal or other appropriate post-conviction motion, if applicable.
Thus, different procedural rules can apply to Claims of Appeal, Applications for Leave to Appeal, and post-conviction motions. Further, appeals are governed by very strict deadlines and procedural rules, so consulting a knowledgeable appellate attorney as soon as possible is crucial.
It is very important to hire a skilled appellate attorney to review your case for any legal or procedural errors or issues and to pursue all appropriate remedies. We understand that a criminal conviction can have a tremendous impact on your life, and the lives of people around you. We understand this is especially true with convictions for Michigan sex crimes. We also understand that trials do not go as planned, that errors can occur, and not everyone receives a fair trial with an opportunity to present a complete defense. The Law Offices of Shannon M. Smith, P.C. will take the time to carefully review your entire case, conduct any necessary investigation and research, and discuss all your legal options on appeal with you.
The Law Offices of Shannon M. Smith, P.C. represents individuals seeking to appeal their conviction for criminal sexual conduct, CSC, or other sex crimes throughout the State of Michigan. We represent individuals in Oakland County, Wayne County, Macomb County, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, Ingham County, Monroe County, Lapeer County, Genesee County, Kent County, and all other Michigan Counties. Contact The Law Offices of Shannon M. Smith, P.C. today to consult with a competent and skilled appellate attorney.