Chicago Appellate Lawyer
With over 30 years helping clients, an appellate (appeals) lawyer resolves disputes in a wide array of civil and criminal legal matters. The litigation division at Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. has developed ample experience and expertise handling appeals as both petitioner and respondent in the Illinois courts of DuPage, Cook County and elsewhere.
Handling Civil and Criminal Appeals
Litigation is an adversarial process, which means that it typically ends with one party on the winning side and the other on the losing end. When the losing party has the means and the will, the end of a trial does not signal the end of the litigation, but instead advances the litigation to the next stage – the appeal.
An appeal is not a second trial. The grounds for an appeal are limited, and the process at the appellate level is quite different from the trial level. A skilled appellate lawyer must know how to review a trial transcript for errors, how to prepare a persuasive brief and if necessary craft and deliver a convincing oral argument within a limited time frame before the appellate judges. The attorneys at Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. possess that skill set and are experienced in civil and criminal appeals.
Successful Civil Litigators who know Civil Appeals
An appeal in civil court is not automatic following a trial; it is up to the petitioner to identify a legal error made during the trial, such as an improper ruling on a motion, a faulty jury instruction, or a judicial abuse of discretion. With our years of litigation experience as a backdrop, we understand how to review a trial transcript and argue successfully whether an error was made and if so whether it meets the legal standard of harmless or reversible error.
Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers for Criminal Appeals
In most criminal cases, a convicted person is entitled to a direct appeal as a matter of right. Additional collateral appeals and other forms of post-conviction relief, such as a writ of habeas corpus, may also be available. Mistakes made at trial include denying constitutional rights such as the guarantee of a speedy trial or competent counsel, or from prosecutorial misconduct. Other errors may stem from constitutional violations made prior to trial, such as warrantless searches or false arrests, and admission of evidence which should have been suppressed. With decades of criminal defense trial experience, we understand the importance of preserving a record for appeal through timely and proper objections and know how to review a record for such errors.
Experienced Trial and Appellate Lawyer Handling Appeals in DuPage and Cook County
If you are considering filing an appeal in a civil or criminal case in DuPage, Cook County or surrounding areas, or if you have been served by the other party, the attorneys at Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. can help you evaluate your options and advise you on the best way to proceed. The time frame for filing an appeal or response to a petition following a trial is extremely short. Contact our offices to schedule a consultation and find out where you stand.