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    CRIMINAL APPEALS ATTORNEY IN PITTSBURGH, PA

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      Put Our Criminal Appeals Experience to Work for You

      Any criminal conviction has the potential to obstruct life’s most important moments and can even ruin your life. From buying a house or car to landing the job of your dreams, a criminal conviction stains every transaction and harms your social and professional reputation as well as your employment potential.

      Don’t sit back and just let this become your reality. Contact Mosser Legal today for help appealing your criminal conviction in Harrisburg.

      Why Should I Retain Mosser Legal for My Criminal Appeal in Harrisburg?

      Todd Mosser and his team of experienced criminal appeals attorneys have appealed hundreds of criminal convictions in Harrisburg, PA and the surrounding areas. You need that level of experience by your side to succeed.

      With over two decades of experience handling criminal appeals, Todd Mosser has earned many awards and recognitions including being named as one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers. Todd also has the privilege of being a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s “Nation’s Top One Percent.” 

      If you have been convicted of a crime in Harrisburg, PA, Mosser Legal may be able to help you. Contact your trusted Harrisburg, PA criminal appeals lawyer today at 215-567-1220 to discuss your case.

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      APPEALS AND COUNTING...
      APPEALS AND COUNTING...

      What is the Harrisburg Criminal Appeal Process?

      If you are convicted of a crime in Harrisburg, you can appeal. “Appealing” means asking a higher court for review of the process, the law, and the evidence in the record, as well as the appropriateness of the sentence imposed.

      To appeal a criminal conviction in Harrisburg, we file a Notice of Appeal with the Pennsylvania Superior Court within 30 days of you being sentenced. In some cases we are required to first file a post-sentencing motion with the trial court, which must be done within 10 days of sentencing. If the trial court denies that motion, then we have 30 days to file your Notice of Appeal.

      How Long Does a Criminal Appeal Take in Harrisburg?

      There are strict deadlines imposed by court administration in order to keep criminal appeals in Harrisburg moving. However, the court’s caseload and any granted extensions to deadlines can delay an appeal, so the time it takes to receive a decision on your criminal appeal will vary.

      Once we file your notice of appeal, the trial court will likely order us to file a document called the Statement of Errors Complained of on Appeal, as required by the Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 1925. The trial judge will then issue a Rule 1925 Opinion. 

      The Superior Court will then order us to file a brief explaining the legal reasons why we think the conviction or the sentence imposed was in error, usually within 40 days. We must also include a reproduced record of the trial. After we file our brief and reproduced record, the prosecution has 30 days to file its brief, arguing that the lower court was correct. We will then have the right to file a reply brief to the prosecution’s brief, if necessary.

      Your case will then be submitted to a three-judge panel of the Superior Court, and at this point, a decision can be a few days or many months away. Oral argument may be scheduled. Thereafter, the judges vote on a decision, and it need not be unanimous. If two of the judges agree, one of them will write an “Opinion of the Court.” The other judge in the majority may write a concurring opinion. The dissenting judge may write a dissenting opinion.

      How Many Criminal Appeals Can a Case Have in Harrisburg?

      Your initial appeal will be determined by a panel of three judges. If you lose that initial appeal, you can file a motion to have your case reviewed en banc, which means the full bench of judges. If your motion is granted, we start the appeals process over again, including drafting and filing briefs and perhaps oral argument. 

      If your en banc appeal fails, you can petition the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to hear your case. If the Court accepts your case for review, a similar briefing schedule is ordered and oral argument will be scheduled. Thereafter the Court will issue a majority opinion and perhaps a concurring opinion, and if the decision was not unanimous, a dissenting opinion. 

      If you’ve exhausted all of your opportunities to appeal, you can petition for Post Conviction Relief (PCRA) within one year after your last appeal concluded.

      Contact Todd Mosser, a Seasoned Harrisburg Criminal Appeals Lawyer

      Get relief from a criminal conviction with Mosser Legal by your side.

      You need a criminal appeals attorney with experience in the appeals process in Pennsylvania as well as knowledge of all of the legal reasons your conviction should be reversed, you should get a new trial, or your sentence should be reduced. We have helped many defendants in Harrisburg with their appeals and PCRA petitions. Call Mosser Legal to get the justice you deserve.

      The Appeal Process

      The appeal process is different for every case in Pittsburgh, PA. Some cases may have a longer appeal process than others; this depends on the complexity of the case. 

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      Understanding Grounds for Appeal

      Like the appeal process, grounds for appeal vary with each Pittsburgh case. Your attorney will be able to help you understand the grounds upon which a conviction may be overturned in regards to your case.

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      Fees And Costs

      The fees and costs of a case vary depending on the complexity of the case as well as the attorney’s hourly rates. Court filing fees are established by state and federal laws. 

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