Appeals Lawyer In Manassas & Fairfax, VA

Appeals Lawyer In Manassas & Fairfax, VA

Do you feel the legal system has failed you, or that your voice was not fully heard.

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.

Can I Appeal My Virginia Legal Ruling?

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:

  • Civil cases appealed to the Court of Appeals of Virginia or Virginia Supreme Court
  • Workers' Compensation decisions appealed to the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Virginia Supreme Court
  • Social Security Disability cases
Even if you aren't sure if your case can be appealed, don't hesitate to call. The Law Office of Craig A. Brown is here to examine your case and help you determine how best to move forward. Call our Manassas office at 703-382-6869 or fill out our online contact form to speak with a member of our legal team.

What is the Virginia Appellate Process?

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 lawyer 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.

What Makes an Appeal Unique?

Appeals are unique. They can be problematic, complicated, and time-consuming. It is important to discuss your case with a well-informed lawyer to ensure you fully understand the goals and potentials of your appeal. They are different from other legal skills because:

  • They are not a re-trial of your first case. Appeals request a higher court to review the case to determine if the outcome was fair-minded. The higher court can uphold the previous ruling, vacate the ruling as if it did not occur, or reverse the ruling.
  • They are based almost solely on legal arguments by your lawyer. Your lawyer will submit written and oral arguments on your behalf to make a case for an appeal based on the legal issues and facts of the case. Typically, appeals are based solely on the record from the court below; a party may not submit new evidence on appeal. The appellate court decides if the matter was handled appropriately by the lower tribunal.
  • They are known for reverence to the lower courts. Higher courts are not enthusiastic to change the ruling of a lower court. Furthermore, statutes governing their jurisdiction are often designed to limit the types of errors for which an appellate court can step in and change an outcome. Arguments for an appeal must show conclusive evidence as to why the lower court's ruling should be reversed.

What To Expect From Craig Brown, A Manassas Appeals Lawyer?

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:

  • Virginia Court of Appeals
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • Federal Courts of Appeal in limited instances
If you want to appeal your case, call our Manassas office today at 703-382-6869, or take a moment to fill out our online contact form. Mr. Brown will discuss your case with you and determine how we may be able to help.