12 years prosecuting experience
Sometimes, the first ruling you receive in a case is not the right ruling. To file an appeal in a criminal case in Missouri requires more than being unhappy about the original trial’s outcome. There must have been an error in the decision, a flaw that makes overturning the decision necessary.
Attorney Troy J. Leavitt is known throughout Jackson County for his criminal appeals work, seeking and obtaining relief from convictions for drug crimes, property crimes and serious traffic violations.
Appeals are a two-way street. If you are wrongly convicted of a crime, you are often entitled to appeal the judgment. In the same way, if you are acquitted and the prosecution seeks to have the decision overturned, it can appeal the case. In either case, our firm represents the defendant.
Appeals are not trials. They are conducted largely in writing. A quality criminal appeals lawyer must be a superb communicator who is skilled in documentation, in knowledge of legal precedents and in logic.
Examining the original trial, we seek to learn:
In addition to appeals, our firm pursues other post-conviction remedies, including motions for post-trial relief, to vacate, to reconsider, and for judgment regardless of the verdict.
Even after appeals, we can draft a writ to explore issues that are not dealt with in the appeal. A special writ, the writ of habeas corpus, can be filed, calling into question the imprisonment of an individual.
As you can see, these post-conviction remedies require advanced knowledge of the law and procedural tactics. Appellate lawyer Troy J. Leavitt has demonstrated his efficacy in these matters time and time again.
If you believe a verdict against you was wrongly or mistakenly made, talk to Blue Springs criminal appeal attorney Troy Leavitt at (816) 228-6000. Or email him using this form.