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If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime, you have the right to appeal your conviction. A criminal appeal is a request for the Court of Appeals to reopen or review a case that has already been decided and concluded.  Criminal appeals aim to reverse, challenge, or overturn a conviction by re-examining errors made during the original trial. 

Most people seek an appeal if they feel a mistake was made during the trial, if their rights were violated, or if they are displeased with the outcome of the trial.  Other common grounds for criminal appeal in Orange County include:

  • Errors of law/Legal errors
  • Ineffective legal counsel
  • Discovery of new evidence
  • Jury errors
  • Failure to follow proper courtroom procedures
  • Mistakes made regarding evidence
  • Unfair sentencing

It’s important to remember that an appeal is not a new trial and does not determine whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty. During a criminal appeal there is no jury, and no new evidence or testimony may be submitted for review. The decision to overturn or reverse an official court order is solely based on the written briefs filed by both attorneys, and the records from the original trial, such as the court transcripts and anything that was submitted as evidence.  

If the Court of Appeal determines that an error was made or the defendant’s rights were violated, then the case is sent back to the lower courts for retrial or re-sentencing. An appeal can also result in a reversal of a conviction, a dismissal of evidence, or a reduction of penalties.

Contact Orange County Criminal Appeals Attorney
If you would like to request an appeal, you must contact an experienced Orange County appellate lawyer immediately.  You only have 30 days from the date of the court judgment/order to file an appeal for a misdemeanor criminal conviction, and 60 days to file an appeal for a felony criminal conviction.  

Criminal appeals are a huge undertaking, and require the attention of an attorney that excels in appellate law. Orange County criminal appeals attorney Mark Devore is extremely well-practiced in this complicated area of the law, and has the resources and experience to successfully handle any appellate case.  Attorney Devore personally reviews the original court documents to search for potential grounds for appeal. In addition, Attorney Devore uses his knowledge and expertise of the law to present his clients with viable options, and help them determine the best way to proceed in order to get their conviction overturned or reversed. 

Please contact Orange County criminal appeals attorney
Mark S. Devore for a free consultation at (714) 371-4400.


The Law Offices of Mark S. Devore, APC proudly serves all communities in Orange County and the surrounding areas, including Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Balboa Island, Brea, Buena Park, Capistrano Beach, Corona, Costa Mesa, Coto de Caza, Cowan Heights, Cypress, Dana Point, Del Mar, El Modena, El Toro, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, LA, La Habra, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Leisure World, Lemon Heights, Los Alamitos, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Mission Viejo, Modjeska Canyon, Newport Beach, Orange, OC, Orange Park Acres, Placentia, Rancho San Margarita, Riverside, Rossmoor, San Bernardino, San Clemente, San Diego, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Silverado Canyon, Stanton, Sunset Beach, Surfside, Temecula, Tustin, Ventura, Villa Park, Vista, Westminster, Yorba Linda, and Van Nuys













People v. LW (LAX Court) - Client charged with DUI. Breath test .08. Charges reduced to traffic infraction and case dismissed with traffic school.
People v. S. G. (Riverside) - Appellate Division unanimously reverses client’s misdemeanor trespass conviction due to error in jury instructions.
People v. J.V. (Santa Ana) - Appellate Division unanimously reverses client's trespass conviction, ruling that 1) trial court committed multiple errors relating to jury instructions; and 2) even if jury had been correctly instructed, no reasonable jury could have found client guilty. CASE DISMISSED.
People v. S.D. (Santa Ana) - Appellate Division reverses client's jail sentence and five misdemeanor convictions relating to impersonating a police officer and resisting arrest. Appellate Division rules that trial court violated client's constitutional rights to due process and trial by jury.
People v. J.Z. (Santa Ana) - Court of Appeal reverses client's 4-year sentence and conviction for felony residential burglary involving $30,000 worth of jewelry due to faulty jury instructions.
People v. D.M. – (Santa Ana) - Superior Court dismisses multi-count rape indictment based on District Attorney’s withholding evidence from the Grand Jury.
People v. E.R. (Santa Ana) - Client charged with posessing heroin for sale after police searched her house pursuant to a search warrant. Motion to Dislcose Confidential Informant granted
CASE DISMISSED
People v. T.T. (Newport Beach) - Client charged with possession of burglary tools after probation search yielded master keys and keymaking equipment. Client confessed to making keys and attempting to break into storage units. Confession supressed for Miranda violation.
CASE DISMISSED
People v. C.H. (Santa Ana) - Client stopped for traffic violation, charged with possession of methamphetamine for sale. Motion to suppress granted.
CASE DISMISSED
People v. V.L - (Santa Ana) - Client charged with vandalism for slashing ex-wife's boyfriend's car tires. Client confessed to crime on video. Confession suppressed as being unlawfully obtained.
CASE DISMISSED
People v. S.N. (LAX Court) - Client charged with DUI after .09 breath test. Charges reduced to aiding and abetting a speed contest.
People v. T.I. - (Laguna Niguel) - Client charged with DUI, refusing blood alcohol test, and hit and run.
Case reduced to wet reckless.
People v. C.S. (San Diego) - Court of Appeal reverses client's 10-year sentence and convictions for possession of drugs and stolen credit cards due to unlawful search and seizure

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