Imagine you have a full-ride scholarship. One day, you’re speeding on the interstate. To be more specific, you’re traveling more than 20 miles per hour over the limit. You’re charged with reckless driving and risk losing your entire scholarship if convicted of the misdemeanor charge. Interestingly, the only evidence of speeding is the word of the officer who did not have a radar gun. Is this sufficient evidence of reckless driving?
These are the kinds of questions brought to appellate attorneys. In fact, a student in a similar situation was one of my own clients. No one condones reckless behavior. The question was whether the State had evidence of conduct that could be classified as criminal. We believed the answer was “no” and were able to reach an agreement that allowed her to admit an infraction and retain her scholarship.
It’s cases like these that inspire me each and every day. Everyone has the right to an appeal, but many people make the mistake of accepting unjust or improper outcomes without a fight. In a criminal case, an appellate attorney can be appointed at public expense, and in civil cases you should at least consult with an appellate attorney to see if an appeal might be a viable option.
I want everyone to know that an appeal is an option. No one is is required to accept an inequitable or incorrect judgment without a fight. I’ve dedicated my career to helping people attain the clarity and justice they deserve.