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 If you are convicted of a crime, post-conviction relief (an appeal) is available either through a motion for new trial or a direct appeal. In limited circumstances, a habeas corpus petition may be filed.


Schedule your free consultation online or call (617) 500-0252 to speak with an experienced Boston appellate attorney today.


Types of Appellate Issues

Appellate issues can include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Error at the pretrial and trial phases as denials of motions to suppress
  • Admission of improper/prejudicial evidence
  • Flawed jury instructions
  • Prosecutorial misconduct
  • Ineffective assistance of counsel
  • Constitutional issues
  • Insufficiency of proof

In Massachusetts, first degree murder convictions are automatically appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), the state’s highest appellate court. All other appeals are taken to the Massachusetts Appeals Court (MAC). Adverse decisions at the MAC may be appealed to the SJC via a petition for rehearing or further appellate review, but further appeal to the SJC is not granted as a matter of right.

What are the Requirements to File for an Appeal?

In Massachusetts, to preserve one’s right to appeal, a notice of appeal must be filed with the clerk of the trial court within thirty (30) days of conviction or sentencing, depending on which one is later. Indigent defendants have the same right to appointed appellate counsel as defendants at the trial level.

Understanding the Appellate Process

Filing an appeal can be a complex and daunting process, but with the help of an experienced Boston appeals lawyer, you can navigate the appellate process with confidence. Our team at Brad Bailey Law has a deep understanding of appellate law and can guide you through each step of the process.

When you choose us to handle your appeal, you can expect:

  • Thorough review of trial records and transcripts
  • Identification of potential appellate issues
  • Crafting persuasive legal arguments
  • Presentation of your case in appellate court
  • Aggressive advocacy for your rights

Whether you are seeking to overturn a lower court decision or defend a favorable ruling, our Boston appeals lawyer is dedicated to pursuing the best possible outcome for your case.

Contact an Effective Boston Appeals Lawyer

If you are looking to file for an appeal, then it is important for you to retain an attorney who has the experience and know-how to provide you with the best possible case. Attorney Brad Bailey has proven his ability to successfully represent his clients before the appellate court.


Contact Brad Bailey Law online or call (617) 500-0252 today and discuss your case with a Boston appeals lawyer in a FREE case review.


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