– from Edward L. in Oconomowoc, WI
I am currently in pre-trial hearings and could face a misdemeanor charge. If the jury does in fact find me guilty of that misdemeanor, how do I appeal? I assume there is a small window of time for me to act on it which is why I am asking in advance.
Criminal Defense Attorney Response:
Great question. This is one we get all the time.
You generally have 30 days after the ruling to appeal. But even though you have 30 days, you definitely don’t want to wait until the last minute. There are many forms that need to be filed and some of those forms may be due in a shorter window than 30 days. One way, and the best way to make sure that your appeal gets handled properly is to speak with an attorney. They will be able to discuss the grounds or basis for the appeal and will be able to walk you through all of the intricacies of the appeal process.
An attorney will also be a great resource in ensuring that all the necessary paperwork is handled properly and filed on time, and before the necessary deadlines. You definitely don't want your appeal to be thrown out due to missing a deadline. “
Jeff Hughes, J.D.