Persons accused or convicted of a crime often feel overwhelmed, frustrated and helpless. However, judges and prosecutors can make mistakes. Even the defendant’s own attorney may not provide competent and effective representation. When you have lost a trial or been convicted of a crime, it is not necessarily the final determination of your guilt. In order for a case to be appealed you must establish that a legal or procedural error affected the outcome of your case; this can be difficult to prove without experienced legal counsel. Bowman & Associates, APC, is focused on appealing criminal cases and seeking other post-conviction relief. In some cases we may be able to get you, or your loved one, out of jail or prison during the appeal.
The law firm of Bowman & Associates welcomes the opportunity to represent clients in the Rancho Cordova and Sacramento County area, who were either dissatisfied with trial counsel or who utilized other attorneys, who do not specialize in appellate practice, to handle their trial. Our firm represents individuals and business clients in various types of civil disputes such as personal injury, wrongful death litigation, antitrust law and business litigation. The legal needs of our clients are diverse.
A personal injury plaintiff might need to continue to litigate the claim in an appellate court, either to affirm or reverse a trial court decision, in any of the following conditions:
- Appeal of a jury verdict
- Dismissal of a defendant from the case
- Judge’s order to reduce a jury verdict
- Dismissal of one or more counts of a complaint at summary judgment
- Dismissal for failure to state a cause of action
- Trial court rulings on evidence, including expert testimony as to damages
- Appeal of a default judgment against a non-appearing defendant
- Mistake in the verdict
At the law offices of Bowman & Associates, located in Sacramento, California, litigation and appeals lawyers choose cases selectively and work closely with each client so that every solution is tailored to their individual needs and goals. Appellate courts do not retry cases or hear new evidence. Appeals are very different than trials. To prepare a case for appeal, attorneys must read every word of the file; read every word of the trial transcript; be creative in identifying and framing legal issues for appeal; write, re-write, and re-re-write a compelling appellate brief; craft point headings that “grab” the reader; and must present a concise oral argument in 20 or 30 minutes to as few as three judges and as many as nine. That is very different than conducting a trial.
Our law firm provides dedicated service and diligent representation, and we are responsive to our clients when they need our advice in order to become empowered to choose the right direction in their case. We closely monitor legal matters and help our clients understand the equitable and legal remedies available to them. This means that, regardless of the strategy we create together, you can be assured that it is a strategy specifically chosen to help you achieve your desired results.
We are strong analysts and researchers and outstanding writers, able to provide powerful briefs for your appeal. If we are brought in prior to or during litigation, we can help you avoid procedural landmines and increase the likelihood that you will ultimately win the case. If you need a knowledgeable appellate attorney to position your case for possible appeal during the trial phase, assist you with post-trial motions, or guide you through the appellate process, contact The Law Office of Bowman & Associates in Sacramento County at (916) 923-2800 for a complimentary consultation today.