Post Conviction and Appeals

Indianapolis Post-Conviction & Appeals Attorney

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While the courts attempt to dispense justice as fairly and honestly as possible, sometimes mistakes are made, and people receive convictions they shouldn’t. Just because you have received a criminal conviction doesn’t mean your case is over. You still have options.

Our post-conviction and appeals attorney in Indianapolis has extensive experience in criminal law, and we can put this experience to work for you. We are prepared to help you fight for a more favorable outcome.

To discuss your post-conviction options with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, contact Harwell Legal Counsel at (317) 401-8715.

File an Appeal or a Post-Conviction Relief Motion

After a criminal conviction, you have a couple of options. The first is to file a direct appeal. An appeal is focused on overturning your previous trial because of errors made during the trial. No new evidence can be submitted during an appeal, and instead, the focus is on the previous trial itself. During the appeal, issues such as prosecutor misconduct, evidence errors, and sentencing errors may be discussed.

Another option is to file a Post-Conviction Relief motion or PCR. Someone may wish to file a PCR to challenge their conviction in situations where the appeals process is inadequate.

Reasons to file a Post-Conviction Relief motion include:

  • Discovery of new evidence favorable to you
  • Perjury
  • Juror bias
  • Ineffective assistance from counsel
  • Jurisdiction issues
  • Conviction or sentence violates the US or State Constitution

Post-Conviction Relief cases are rarer than appeals, and these cases tend to be very complicated. It is recommended that you work with an experienced post-conviction attorney, like ours at Harwell Legal Counsel.

How We Can Help You

Our post-conviction and appeals attorney in Indianapolis is committed to helping clients fight for more favorable outcomes to their cases. Even if you worked with a different attorney during your original trial, we could still help you with the post-conviction process. We can help you file your appeal, investigate your case, and prepare for all stages of the post-conviction process. At Harwell Legal Counsel, we believe everyone deserves competent and committed legal representation.

To find out how a post-conviction and appeals attorney can help you, contact us online or at (317) 401-8715.

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    Jonathan D. Harwell, owner and founder of Harwell Legal Counsel, grew up in Ohio before moving to Indiana in high school. Harwell attended Ball State University, where he majored in legal studies and graduated cum laude. He was also a member of the Legal Studies Honor Society before continuing his education at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He graduated with the CALI Excellence for the Future Award and Gold Level Pro Bono recognition before beginning his career. ...
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