Rhode Island Federal Criminal Appeals Attorneys: Advocates With Impact
We Handle Federal Criminal Appeals From Rhode Island And In The First Circuit Court Of Appeals
Federal criminal appeals in Rhode Island are argued before the First Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes federal criminal appeals coming from Central Falls, Cranston, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, and Warwick and all cities in Rhode Island where a federal criminal case arises. We are a boutique federal criminal appeals law firm admitted to practice in the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Our federal criminal appeals lawyers focus on federal criminal appeals in Rhode Island, in all federal appellate courts throughout the United States, and in the United States Supreme Court. We represent clients with criminal convictions involving violations of the RICO Act, the Hobbs Act, the False Claims Act, and those stemming from drug trafficking by plea or after trial. Some of the related areas of post-conviction appellate practice include the following:
- White-collar crimes including bank fraud, bribery, conspiracy, corporate fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft, insider trading, money laundering, public corruption, and securities fraud;
- Mail fraud and wire fraud;
- Drug crimes including manufacturing, trafficking, distribution, possession, and selling illegal controlled and non-controlled substances and narcotics;
- Firearm, explosives, and ammunition crimes including importing, producing, and selling guns and ammo across state lines;
- Gang prosecutions, extortion, and loan sharking;
- Heath care fraud including knowingly making false and fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims;
- Major crimes including arson, bank robberies, burglary, larceny, murder, and thefts; and
- Violent crimes including assault with intent to commit murder, manslaughter, and murder.
Contact our Rhode Island federal appeals lawyers at 1-800-APPPEALS.
Rhode Island Federal Criminal Appeals and the Waiver of Appeal
One question that people constantly ask is whether they can file a federal criminal appeal despite having signed a waiver of the right to appeal as part of a plea agreement. The answer is, yes; it is sometimes possible depending on the terms of the waiver agreement and incarceration.
A waiver of appeals is typically part of a settlement agreement between the defendant and the prosecution. Our clients who have pleaded guilty and signed a waiver are not necessarily prevented from appealing their cases because a waiver of appeals is not always applicable or enforceable. Our experienced federal criminal appeals attorneys will review the waiver and determine whether the judge has acted outside of the boundaries of the terms contained in the agreement. If the trial judge has gone beyond the parameters of the waiver, the Appellate Law Office of Stephen N. Preziosi has all the more chance of winning on appeal.
Trial court judges, lawyers, and jurists make mistakes every day because human beings are not perfect. However, the attorneys at the Appellate Law Office of Stephen N. Preziosi are experienced in finding trial court mistakes, including abuse of discretion of a waiver of appeal, which gives you a better chance on appeal.
The Secret to Successful Federal Criminal Appeals in Rhode Island
Federal criminal appeals are challenging and complex because each Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has its own procedural rules and substantive laws which must be followed during the appellate process. For example, the First Circuit’s rules regarding the timeliness of appeals and formatting of briefs can be very different from the Third Circuit because the standards vary according to the circuit and the state of origin of the appeal. But, because our federal criminal appeals lawyers are award-winning writers and orators whose appellate briefs and arguments are closely monitored for detail, our Rhode Island clients sleep soundly at night knowing that their appellate brief conforms to the 1st Circuit’s guidelines.
Identifying Appealable Issues in Federal Criminal Appeals is Our Business
Our lawyers have unique abilities in identifying, analyzing, and presenting persuasively appealable issues stemming from the trial, the sentencing hearing, or both. Appealable Constitutional issues and violations committed by the police, the prosecution, or the trial court include the following:
- U.S. Sentencing Guidelines;
- Evidentiary Rules (Federal Rules of Evidence);
- Dog sniff searches (4th Amendment);
- Home searches, business searches, and curtilage searches (4th Amendment);
- Search and Seizure Statutes (4th Amendment);
- Arrest Warrants (4th Amendment);
- Due Process Rights (5th Amendment);
- Miranda Rights (5th Amendment);
- Right to Effective Assistance of Counsel (6th Amendment); and
- Excessive Sentencing and Cruel and Unusual Punishment (8th Amendment).
The Key to a Successful Federal Criminal Appeal in Rhode Island is the Appellate Brief
The best federal appeal lawyers combine a well-written brief with a detailed review of the trial court transcripts because errors and omissions are located in the case record. The federal criminal appeals lawyers at the Appellate Law Office of Stephen N. Preziosi increase your chances of winning before the First Circuit Court of Appeals by not only perusing the record, but also scrutinizing every word in the court transcripts that are derived from criminal trials. We leave no stone unturned to uncover the best legal issues to raise and present in the appellate brief.
Award-Winning Lawyers Win Federal Criminal Appeals
We pride ourselves on crafting superior federal criminal appellate briefs and oral arguments. Our lawyers have won multiple awards for superb writing and speaking. Convincing an appellate panel of judges in less than 10 minutes is not for the faint of heart. However, for the our lawyers, oral argument is about strategically channeling the judges to focus on how the appellant’s rights were denied, violated, or ignored.
Our favorite Rhode Island clients are those that have been convicted of crimes because we enjoy challenging the trial court procedures and waivers of appeal that are often trespassed. Call us. We will prepare powerful and persuasive briefs and argue the best criminal appeal possible based upon the mistakes and over-looked discrepancies of the trial court.