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Being convicted of a crime is a devastating development. It’s natural that you could even be thinking about giving up, but you may have a chance to appeal your conviction if you start now.


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If you have been wrongfully convicted of a crime and believe you have grounds to appeal a court’s ruling, it is important to understand the criminal appeals process before taking any steps. First and foremost, you must have solid ground for an appeal. Some grounds for an appeal to the appellate court include:

There was misconduct by law enforcement officers or prosecutors
The conviction was not supported by sufficient evidence
After the appeal is initiated, we file a pleading called a Rule 1925 Statement that identifies and preserves all potential issues to argue in the appellate court.
The lower court made an error of law, such as an incorrect evidentiary ruling, an improper jury instruction, or a harsh and excessive sentence.
  • Errors made by trial judge while instructing the jury
  • Mistakes or incorrect rulings by the trial judge
  • Sentencing errors including sentences in excess of legal maximums

If you believe any of these qualifying factors were present during your trial, you will need to contact an appellate lawyer to help you with the process of filing your criminal appeal. Contrary to popular belief, criminal cases do not always conclude with a conviction in the trial court.

Often, a case will continue after sentencing into the post-conviction stage. It is during this time that the defendant is able to ask the judge to either review the conviction or the sentence. At this time, the case may also move to a higher court for the criminal appellate process.

It is important to secure a criminal appellate lawyer to assist you with this complicated process. Success is more likely with an experienced criminal appellate lawyer who understands the rules and procedures required to effectively litigate an appeal.

We have successfully litigated cases in Philadelphia and throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for crimes such as:

How The Appeals Process Works in Pennsylvania

Navigating the appeals process in Pennsylvania requires a comprehensive understanding of the Commonwealth’s legal system and the specific procedures involved. At Mosser Legal, we have extensive experience with appellate cases in Pennsylvania, and we are committed to guiding our clients through the appeals process with clarity and expertise.

Here is an overview of how the appeals process works in Pennsylvania:

Filing the Notice of Appeal
The appeals process begins by filing a Notice of Appeal with the trial court. The Notice of Appeal informs the court and the opposing party that you intend to in an appeal. 

It is crucial to adhere to the strict filing deadlines set by Pennsylvania's appellate rules to ensure that your appeal is properly initiated.
Identification of Appellate Issues
After the appeal is initiated, we file a pleading called a Rule 1925 Statement that identifies and preserves all potential issues to argue in the appellate court.
Record Preparation
Once the Notice of Appeal is filed, the trial court will prepare the Certified Record, which includes all relevant documents, transcripts, and exhibits from the trial, as well as our Rule 1925 Statement. The Record serves as the foundation for your appeal and will be reviewed by the appellate court.
Appellate Briefs
Appellate briefs are written arguments presented to the appellate court, detailing the legal issues, facts, and arguments supporting your appeal. The appellant files an opening brief, presenting their case. The appellee, the opposing party, then files a responsive brief, addressing the appellant's arguments.

  Finally, the appellant may file a reply brief to respond to the appellee's arguments. Our skilled appellate lawyers excel in crafting concise and persuasive briefs that articulate why the appellate court should rule in your favor.
Oral Arguments
In some cases, the appellate court may schedule an oral argument to allow the parties to present their case in person after briefs have been submitted. During oral arguments, each party has an opportunity to address the appellate court's questions and further advocate for their position. 

Mr. Mosser has engaged in oral argument in all of Pennsylvania’s appellate courts, as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals (federal) for well over twenty years and understands the strategic importance of oral argument and the most effective way to present oral arguments to the appellate courts.
Appellate Court Decision
After reviewing the briefs and hearing oral arguments, the appellate court will render its decision. The court may affirm the lower court's decision, reverse it, remand the case for further proceedings, or take other appropriate actions based on the specific circumstances of the case. Our appellate lawyers are prepared to proceed at the next level as directed by the appellate court.


If you’re looking for a Philadelphia criminal appeals attorney who can help you navigate a wrongful conviction or an appellate attorney who can guide you through a civil appeal, we can help.

Contact Mosser Legal today to schedule a free consultation and take the first step toward seeking justice and protecting your constitutional rights.

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