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Can I appeal my criminal conviction?

After you receive your sentence for a criminal conviction, you may have the right to appeal your case to a higher court. An appeal allows you to ask the other court to review your case for accuracy. On appeal, you may receive the chance of a new trial. It is important...

How can you find support after incarceration?

Incarceration can leave a permanent impression on your life. During your time away, you might lose friendships, miss out on educational opportunities and have to put your career on hold. Finding support after your release can facilitate your reentry into society. With...

Can someone force you to confess?

After your arrest, you might face pressure from a number of people to behave a certain way or say specific things. Complying with everyone's wishes or even casually discussing your situation could jeopardize your safety, however. Confessing because you feel like you...

DNA evidence is not perfect

DNA evidence changed how criminal prosecution works. However, it is not infallible and might lead to false convictions. According to the Innocence Project, both the District of Columbia and Maryland allow for post-conviction DNA testing for crimes of violence. Even if...

What are some outcomes to appealing a conviction?

Everyone should have effective counsel when going up against criminal charges in court. Unfortunately, some people end up with a conviction because a defense attorney committed mistakes that contributed to the outcome. Additionally, sometimes a trial judge misapplies...