Q: I am wanting to hire an appalate lawyer for my brother who is serving a72 yr sentence for no good reason. I need help?
His charge was escape for not compling with his sentence. And for being a habitual drug offender (non violent). At time of his arrest he didnt have drugs on him just money and bags for his antique stamp collection. And was shown to the court he collected. The money was even eventually returned to my brother in prison. That was accounted for as well. He was in a correctional facility whiere he wss allowed to work. The day he was arrested he was visiting an old friend on the day she was raided. Steve was there too so he unaccounted for. And charged with escape. He stood no chance with the attorney he hired. He played games on his cell phone through out the trial. I sat behind him. Its not fair hes been there15 yrs. And im coming for him through appeal.
A: There are many attorneys, like myself and others, who do criminal appeals under Rule 35(c). It has been 15 years since the trial, so there are a lot of claims that may be time-barred, which may mean that an appeal may only be successful if there is "new evidence" that has been discovered. This would be an expensive investigation but you can certainly consult with a criminal appellate lawyer to assess your options.
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