Q: For a Federal White Collar crime, how soon before your surrender date do you need to file for an appellate bond?
We think we have a great case for an appeal (the judge himself said to appeal his own sentence at least 5 times during sentencing) so we really want him to stay out while appealing. My husband was sentenced to 2 years in Federal Camp (all he was convicted of was illegal remuneration and was acquitted of everything else) and our lawyer has been very unresponsive since sentencing and hasn't filed for it yet. His surrender date is 9/16 so we are freaking out. Any help is greatly appreciated.
A: First I am not a Tennessee lawyer. That being said, generally a party (civil or criminal) has 30 days to note an appeal, with the bond accompanying that. That's 30 days after sentencing date, whether your lawyer notes the appeal or you do. But I think that an appeal in a criminal case does not usually require a bond. I would suggest that you check your appellate rules. But keep an eye for the deadline to note your appeal--noting your appeal on the 31st day would not be acceptable.
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