After a criminal or traffic conviction, there is still the appellate process that may be utilized to rectify your situation. There are different types of appeals for different types of cases. For instance a direct appeal may be done in cases where one is convicted of a state or federal offense. A direct appeal involves appealing your conviction to the next highest court, often called an appellate court. In PA, that may be the Superior Court or the Supreme Court. A collateral appeal involves the raising of a post conviction relief act ("PCRA") petition in the trial court and raising any issues on further appeal to the next highest court.

Summary non-traffic or traffic convictions from a magisterial district court may likewise be appealed by what's known as a "summary appeal" to the court of common pleas. There, your case will be heard de novo. Meaning, it's heard as though there was no prior outcome and all the evidence is heard once again from the beginning.

Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini, Esquire, has successfully argued in front of state and federal appellate courts, while Jeffrey B. Engle has made arguments at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court level.

Appealing Trial Court Decisions

Whether you are taking a direct, collateral, or summary appeal, there may be many grounds for seeking review of a conviction on appeal. However, one issue remains constant in all types of appeals. You are looking for a different outcome than what transpired in the court below.ext

It's also important to realize that there are time frames for all appeals. In most situations, you will have at a maximum 30 days to file an appeal to the next court. Even if you don't file your appeal on time, there are possibilities that may be available, such as an appeal nunc pro tunc ("now for then"). You should not delay once you've been convicted in seeking an appellate attorney.

When It Comes To Appeals, Experience Matters

At Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, we have dealt with a multitude of appeals to the various courts of common pleas (trial court), the Superior Court, the Supreme Court, and the Commonwealth Court. Attorney Engle has handled over 100 appeals. He has argued before every appellate court in Pennsylvania at least twice.

Most recently, Mr. Engle argued the constitutionality of Megan's Law III before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. It is rare to have a case heard before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court because the Court will only grant the right to appeal based upon the merits of the claims raised. Attorney Engle has argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on two separate occasions.

Contact One Of Our Pennsylvania Appeals Lawyers

If you believe a trial court erred, contact the experienced criminal defense law firm of Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC. We provide free initial consultations, are available for evening and weekend appointments, and operate two offices for your convenience. Contact us online today or call 717-827-4074.

Attorney Jeff Engle arguing before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality on Megan's Law III can be viewed here.

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