Arkansas Federal Criminal Appeals Attorneys: Advocates With Impact
We Are Federal Criminal Appeals
The Federal Criminal justice system is not always just; far from it. Sometimes judges, prosecutors and the police make mistakes resulting in an unfair trial, conviction or sentence. Other times, they take shortcuts or turn a blind-eye in violation of Constitutional guaranteed protections. But, a final judgment is not the end of days. Everyone convicted of a crime has the right to appeal, and we can help.
We are a boutique law firm experienced in protecting individual and corporate clients in complex federal criminal appeals. We serve Fort Smith, Little Rock, Hot Springs and any other cities in Arkansas from which a Federal Case arises. And because we are admitted in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C., we can represent you in appealing your federal criminal conviction all the way to the top. Our federal criminal appeals attorneys are capable of handling a wide-range of federal criminal appeals including the following:
- Public corruption crimes committed by elected officials, appointed officials, government employees, companies, and individuals including bribery, embezzlement, and frauds committed against local, state, and federal government agencies;
- Firearms and violent crimes such home invasions, felony possession of a firearm, federal firearms laws, and illegal felony possession;
- Complex fraud and Cybercrime including financial institution fraud, mortgage fraud, health care fraud, mail fraud, credit card fraud, and counterfeiting of U.S. currency;
- Health Care and Government fraud directed towards federal programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and hospitals run by the Veterans Administration;
- Narcotics and controlled substances crimes involving the sale of unapproved or altered drugs, illegal marketing of drugs for unapproved use, illegal kickbacks, improper billing, as well as manufacturing, distribution, trafficking, possession, importing, producing, diversion, distribution, and selling; and
- Violent and Organized Crimes including gang violence, violations of the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute, homicide, kidnapping, arson, bank robberies, labor union corruption, and domestic and international trafficking of drugs, arms, ammunition, and humans.
Contact our Arkansas federal criminal appeals lawyers for a free consultation at 1-800-APPEALS.
Dedicated Federal Criminal Appeals Attorneys Dig for the Diamond in the Rough
The first step in all federal criminal appeals is to file what is known as a Notice of Appeal. You must file this document within 14-days from the date when a sentenced is imposed in order to preserve your right to appeal. Therefore, it is absolutely mandatory to act fast and contact immediately a competent and experienced federal criminal appeals lawyer.
Once the Notice of Appeal is filed, the experienced federal criminal appeals lawyers at our boutique firm will review the trial court record including the transcripts, evidence and testimony looking for legal errors. This process is time-consuming because we look for errors during all phases of the process: pre-trial errors committed by police and trial & post-trial errors committed by the judge, the prosecutor and even trial attorneys. We leave no stone unturned combining years of experience with the latest technology to find the devil in the details. Some of the common appellate issues include the following:
- Evidentiary issues involving large-scale narcotics sweeps, undercover officers, wiretaps, GPS tracking, cooperating witnesses, warrantless searches, illegal dog searches, and unconstitutional searches of your home, business, or curtilage (4th Amendment);
- Convictions based upon improperly admitted hearsay evidence, insufficient evidence, failure to disclose exculpatory evidence, or supported by prosecutorial misconduct;
- Failure to provide due process of law, a fair trial, equal treatment, convictions based forced confessions or Miranda Rights violations, or convictions that violate Double Jeopardy (5th Amendment);
- Deprival of the right to a speedy and public trial, the right to confront adverse witnesses including limited cross-examination testimony, and the right to competent and effective assistance of counsel (6th Amendment); and
- Sentencing errors including misapplication of the United States Sentencing Guidelines, improper Guideline calculation, adjustments resulting in an increased or unreasonable sentence, errors involving restitution or supervised release, or sentences amounting to Cruel and Unusual Punishment (8th Amendment).
Serious Federal Criminal Appeals Lawyers Start with a Strategy
After identifying legal errors, our experienced appellate attorneys work with you to outline an appellate strategy. It is our job to evaluate and emphasize the errors that could merit a new trial, a new sentence or sometimes even result in the prosecution dismissing the case. We then prioritize the errors and clearly identify them in what is known as the appellate brief. The appellate brief is the document that is filed with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals by your appellate attorneys in order to persuasively present your plight to a new court and new panel of judges.
Federal Criminal Appeals Attorneys Speak on Your Behalf
When necessary, the federal criminal appeals attorneys at the Appellate Law Office of Stephen N. Preziosi personally appear at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to discuss your case during oral argument. We prepare by reviewing your case, the facts and the law and then appear to clarify to the federal panel of judges the critical points of your appeal. We will raise and address how your rights were denied, violated, and ignored. We will fight harder and smarter on appeal to defend your interests.