Criminal Law

About appeals in Indiana

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If you have been convicted of a crime, you have a constitutional right to appeal your conviction. Even if you pleaded guilty, you may have the right to appeal your sentence.

The purpose of an appeal is to determine whether there was an error during your trial and therefore no new evidence may be presented. During an appeal, an attorney will demonstrate to the Court of Appeals that there was an error during your trial. There are a number of issues that can lead to an appeal of your conviction, such as the original judge’s misinterpreting of the law, prosecutorial evidence which should not have been admitted, or evidence from the defense that was kept out but should have been admitted.