Saturday, February 8, 2014

Even if your appeals fail, you can still overturn your conviction!

There is a legal process in Alabama that gives people convicted of crimes one more shot at overturning their criminal conviction.
     It's called a Petition for Relief from Conviction, or a Rule 32 Petition.
     It's fairly complicated, but I handle a lot of them and we've had good success in getting people the relief they want.
     Understand this, most Rule 32 petitions are won on appeal as you have to try the petition with the judge who convicted you, but, when you are successful you either are set free (such as in a case where the court had no jurisdiction to make you stand trial at all) or you get sent back to the trial court for a new trial.
     Rule 32 Petitions are complex and cause great commotion because you have to allege things that lawyers don't like to allege about other lawyers and judges, such as your defense lawyer was incompetent or the judge was biased against you.
     It takes a lawyer who is willing to piss off everyone in the courthouse to bring justice to you.
     As a lawyer passionately devoted to the cause of justice, I take Rule 32 cases because I want the system to work properly. I'm not a go along to get along lawyer, and I don't play golf with judges.
     My job is to win for my client.
     If you've been convicted wrongfully, you have a very short window of time to file a Rule 32.
     You have one year from the certificate of judgment, which is to say one year from the day your right to appeal expired or from the day the appeals courts ruled on your case. There are some instances where that one year time bar is waived, such as when the court had no jurisdiction to try you at all.
     If you believe you have been wrongfully convicted, or if you believe your trial lawyer did a terrible job and you were convicted as a result, contact me as soon as you can.
     I want to help.

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