After an unsuccessful case, it can feel frustrating to think of taking the whole process on again. Legal appeals offer a path to pursue the outcome you feel you deserve. In Virginia, individuals can often file an appeal to have their legal decision re-examined and possibly changed based on a wide variety of reasons. While not every case is eligible for an appeal, a skilled appellate lawyer can help you understand more about your rights and what legal options might exist.
If you are unhappy with your legal outcome and you would like to learn more about appealing that decision, call an experienced appellate lawyer at The Law Office of Craig A. Brown, PLLC. Call our Manassas office today at 703-382-6869 to speak with attorney Craig Brown to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We can answer your questions and help you understand more about your possible legal alternatives.
An appeal is a request for a higher court to review and change the ruling of a lower court. In Virginia, when a general district court makes a decision in a civil case, there exists an absolute right to appeal the court's decision to a circuit court. In cases heard by circuit court, there may be an option to appeal to either the Virginia Court of Appeals or the Virginia Supreme Court. Not all cases are eligible for an appeal. The nature of the case and the court in which the case was originally heard determine whether or not an appeal is possible. The Office of Craig A. Brown, PLLC has significant experience in the appeals process for many different types of cases, including:
The appeals process varies from state to state. In Virginia, you must have a specific reason for requesting an appeal to the Court of Appeals or Virginia Supreme Court. A case cannot be appealed simply because one side is upset with the outcome. Appeals must be based on a specific error that occurred during the trial.
Appeals can be difficult and complex. It is important to recognize any and all problems with your case and to present the court with a compelling argument.
Once you and your attorney have done so, the process must be started somewhat quickly after the initial verdict, as the statute of limitations, or time limit, for filing an appeal limited. In Virginia, the appeal goes through an extensive process. Civil appeals can take more than a year to complete.
Appeals are unique. They can be problematic, complicated, and time-consuming. It is important to discuss your case with a well-informed attorney to ensure you fully understand the goals and potentials of your appeal. They are different from other legal skills because:
Effective appellate advocacy begins by closely reviewing the case record to ensure that an appeal has the best possibility for success. Mr. Brown will explore every avenue to gain appellate success. He has extensive appeals experience and a commitment to offering clients experienced and creative legal solutions. He is ready to fight on your behalf. While appellate cases are not easy, he is dedicated to helping clients meet their goals. He can provide appellate representation in the following courts: