Virginia Appeals Court
Do you have a case that needs to go to a Virginia appeals court? We have extensive experience in both the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Virginia Supreme Court.
Appellate practice and trial practice are very different. Appeals are extremely challenging, involving a great deal of knowledge on a particular legal issue and a substantial amount of research and preparation.
There is a common misconception that an appeal is a new trial. This is not true. If you have a case on appeal, it usually means that you lost your case at trial and are attempting to have the decision overturned by a higher court. In an appeal, the court does not hear evidence. Instead, only arguments on legal points where the trial judge in the original case has ruled are allowed.
Remember: Appellate courts do not decide guilt or innocence
When you appeal a court decision in Virginia, you are asking the Virginia appeals court to decide whether the original trial judge made a mistake, entitling you to a new trial. Examples of this type of mistake include (but are not limited to):
- The admissibility of evidence presented in court
- Whether or not proper procedures were followed at trial
Even the odds
Most appeals are not decided for the defendant. So how do you get the best chance possible to win your Virginia court appeal? Perhaps the best way to help your case is to have a dedicated and committed lawyer working on your case.
At Hunton & Lipton, LLP, our extensive experience handling appeals in criminal cases in both the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Virginia Supreme Court could be extremely valuable to you. We will review your case and find any legal issues to support the basis for your appeal. While appeals are often time-consuming and expensive, they can also be extremely rewarding. In some cases, they may even lead to new and better laws.
If you have a case on appeal or are thinking about appealing your case, feel free to contact our office and schedule a consultation.
Ph: (804) 780-1235
Fax: (804) 780-2355
217 East Clay Street
Richmond, Va 23219