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Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer appealsAfter you have been convicted of a crime, you may feel like you have no options. In Wisconsin, if you have been convicted of a crime, you have the right to an appeal. If you believe that errors were made during your case, you should explore all of your legal options with an attorney.

The Wisconsin Appeals Process

The first crucial step in appealing a conviction or sentence is to file a notice of intent to pursue post-conviction relief within twenty days of sentencing. Failing to do this means that you could lose your right to an appeal.

Next, you must determine your grounds for appeal. When you appeal a criminal conviction or sentence, you must argue with great specificity what mistakes occurred during your trial. Some errors commonly alleged in appeals include:

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Milwaukee criminal pardon lawyersBy Raymond Dall'Osto, Steven McGaver, Brianna Meyer, and Jason Luczak

Newly-inaugurated Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers recently said that he will begin to consider applications for and issue pardons. While it had previously been speculated that Governor Evers would reinstitute pardons, he has now publicly stated that pardons will be a possibility for those convicted of state crimes in Wisconsin.

Under the law, Governor Evers can issue pardons under his executive powers. Former Governor Scott Walker, in an unprecedented manner, chose not to exercise this power and did not issue any pardons during his time in office. His stated rationale was that he believed in the court system and that he did not want to insert his judgment on the judicial process.

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Steven Avery, criminal defense, illusion of justice,  post-conviction attorney, forensic evidence  Steven Avery’s request for a new trial was again rejected November 28, 2017, by Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Angela Sutkiewicz. Avery had asked the judge to reconsider her October 3rd decision rejecting his request for a new trial.

Avery’s current post-conviction attorney said that she had new testimony and evidence to present to the court, which warranted a new trial. However, Judge Sutkiewicz found that she had no basis for reconsideration and reversal of her October 3rd decision denying such relief. Avery’s attorney is seeking an appeal of the ruling with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

An excellent, inside view of Steven Avery’s case, his trial and the disputed forensic evidence used to convict him is found in Jerry Buting’s 2017 book, Illusion of Justice. The review of this book written by Ray Dall’Osto in the recent NACDL Champion magazine, can be read at https://www.nacdl.org/Champion.aspx?id=48930.

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