The Law Firm of Richard Glen Boire has 20 years of success appealing California criminal convictions. You will not find a more committed California criminal appeal lawyer.
If you or a loved one has been convicted of a felony offense in California in the last 60 days our law firm can appeal the conviction to the Court of Appeal. The trial is not the end of the road. Many judgments are reversed or modified in the appellate courts.
Appealing California felony convictions is our specialty, and our record of success speaks for itself.
Why Your Trial Lawyer Should Not Handle Your Appeal
Having your trial lawyer handle your felony appeal is foolish for a number of reasons. First, you wouldn't be reading this if your trial lawyer won your case. Don’t throw good money after bad by paying your trial lawyer more money to appeal your conviction. If you’re dissatisfied with what happened in the trial court, now is the time to switch lawyers. If you had a public defender, it’s critical that you now retain a private California criminal appeal lawyer to handle your felony appeal.
Second, a trial lawyer and criminal appeal lawyer have entirely different skill sets. Using your trial lawyer to appeal your felony conviction is like having your family doctor perform a specialized surgery. They are very different skills, and very few lawyers are good at both. A trial lawyer needs to relate to 12 ordinary citizens who make up your jury. Trial lawyers are fast talkers and theatrical. An good criminal appeal lawyer, in contrast, presents your case in scholarly written “briefs,” that are usually read by a three-judge panel. A great trial lawyer is an emotional talker, whereas a great criminal appellate lawyer is a meticulous scholar and a great writer.
Third, and probably most importantly, some of the major legal issues on appeal center on showing the Court of Appeal that your trial lawyer was incompetent (known as “ineffective assistance of counsel”). A trial lawyer can’t see his or her own blind spots, and even if they do recognize and admit their own errors, do you really think they will strenuously argue their own incompetence to the Court of Appeal? Our law firm can evaluate the performance of your trial lawyer, and we are not afraid to argue that your lawyer was incompetent. We are 100 percent on your side.
Of course your trial lawyer will try and convince you to pay them to appeal your conviction, but doing so is almost always a dumb move. An appeal after conviction is your last chance, so it’s important to get the very best lawyer possible rather than just sticking with same lawyer that lost your case at trial. We can’t stress enough how naïve it is to have your trial lawyer handle your appeal.
How to Start Your California Criminal Appeal
If you have been unfairly convicted of a felony crime, it is extremely important that you file your Notice of Appeal immediately. In almost all felony cases, the Notice of Appeal must be filed in the trial court within 60 days of the date you were sentenced. (California Rules of Court, Rule 8.308.) Your trial lawyer has a duty to file your Notice of Appeal if you request that they do so. You can also file it yourself by using a Notice of Appeal that you can find the trial court’s website. We will prepare and file your Notice of Appeal if you retain us within 60 days of your felony conviction.
Read More About Retaining Our Law Firm to Appeal Your California Felony Conviction in our California Felony Appeal FAQ.
We handle felony appeals from all California courts. Do not worry if you don’t live near one of our offices, we can do everything necessary via email, telephone and/or video conferencing. Contact us today.
Notice of Appeal must be filed in the trial court within 60 days of sentencing. Our law firm can APPEAL YOUR FELONY CONVICTION anywhere in California. All felony convictions can be appealed including: grand theft, drug crimes involving marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, MDMA (ecstasy), cultivation, manufacturing, possession for sale and drug sales, assault, battery, assault with deadly weapon, bribery, terrorist threat, gang enhancements, street terrorism, perjury, forgery, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, money laundering, manslaughter, murder, robbery, burglary, discharging firearm, stalking, false imprisonment, insurance fraud, prostitution, loitering, pandering, violation of protective order, lewd and lascivious act, failure to register, obscene material, exploitation, indecent exposure, credit card fraud, embezzlement, arson. If you have been convicted of a felony within the last 60 days, we can appeal. If you were granted probation and have completed probation, see our California felony expungement services.
We handle appeals in all California Courts of Appeal. The California Court of Appeal for the First District handles criminal appeals from the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa,San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma. The California Court of Appeal for the Second District handles criminal appeals from Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. The California Court of Appeal for the Third District handles appeals from the following counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba. The California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District handles appeals from Imperial, San Diego, Inyo, Riverside, Orange County and San Bernardino Counties. The California Court of Appeal for the Fifth District covers the following counties: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne. The California Court of Appeal for the Sixth District handles appeals from Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties.
We have helped clients convicted of serious felony crimes and sent to state prison, including: Avenal State Prison, California Correctional Center, California Correctional Institution, California Institution for Men, California Institution for Women, California Medical Facility, California Men's Colony, California Rehabilitation Center, California State Prison, Centinela, California State Prison, Corcoran, California State Prison, Los Angeles County, California State Prison, Sacramento, California State Prison, Solano, California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran, Calipatria State Prison, Central California Women's Facility, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, Correctional Training Facility, Deuel Vocational Institution, Folsom State Prison, High Desert State Prison, Ironwood State Prison, Kern Valley State Prison, Mule Creek State Prison, North Kern State Prison, Pelican Bay State Prison, Pleasant Valley State Prison, Richard J. Donovan, Salinas Valley State Prison, San Quentin State Prison, Sierra Conservation Center, Valley State Prison for Women, Wasco State Prison. Contact our felony appeal team immediately, if you or a loved one have just been convicted of felony.