DUI Appeal Attorneys in Nashville
Appealing a DUI Conviction
If you were convicted and want to file an appeal, it is important to have a knowledgeable Nashville DUI lawyer on your side. Your lawyer must have specific experience with DUI appeals, as this is a specialized area of law that has its own rules and procedures.
The rules for appeals are extensive, right down to ordering trial transcripts and binding of the legal documents involved, and most people do not have the experience or knowledge to proceed with an appeal without counsel. No new evidence may be considered, only what was presented in the original trial. Additionally, anything that is not on the record (hand gestures, comments, requests not made) cannot be brought up in the appeal.
May McKinney delivers highly skilled representation to clients across Nashville and the surrounding areas throughout Tennessee who wish to appeal their DUI convictions. You must be certain that your attorney has the experience and skill to persevere, and we can provide the level of counsel you need.
The Importance of Criminal Appeals
Appeals can really make a difference. One such example is Gideon v. Wainwright, a famous appeal that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Up until this appeal was heard and won, most states did not provide defense lawyers to anyone who was accused of a crime and did not have the money or other resources to hire a one. Now we take public defenders and court-hired lawyers as a given. This example demonstrates the need for appeals and the difference that a persistent individual can make, no matter their economic background or role in society.
Appeals can also have a tremendous effect on future Tennessee DUI cases. The drawback with appeals, however, is that you must raise all issues at or before the trial proceedings. Otherwise, the appellate courts, even though they may agree with your issue, will hold you have waived it.
Call Our Highly Experienced Nashville Appellate Lawyers
Just because you have been convicted does not mean that your case is closed. If you feel that you were treated unfairly, received too harsh a penalty, your legal representation was incompetent, or your rights were violated, there is still hope. Once the notice of appeal has been filed, a schedule will be set by the appellate court, which will tell when to appear in court as well as when certain papers are to be filed.
You'll need a firm like May McKinney in your corner. Our knowledgeable Nashville DUI appeal lawyers know which records to present to the judge in order to show what information is important in reconsidering the case. Call (615) 265-6383 today to get started.
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