Pursuing Remedies After a Final Decision Has Been Made
A conviction can result in various consequences, such as a criminal record, imprisonment, and the loss of certain rights. The sanctions imposed upon you can severely affect many aspects of your life. Fortunately, the law allows people found guilty of crimes to seek different forms of post-conviction relief. Depending on the type of remedy granted, your judgment could be reversed, your sentence reduced, or your guilt forgiven. Knowing when and how to pursue any of these legal options can be challenging, and fighting toward a favorable outcome requires developing a persuasive argument.
Know that when you are seeking post-conviction relief, you do not have to go it alone; you have the right to speak with an attorney about your circumstances and receive their assistance in filing motions. At Patituce & Associates, our Cincinnati lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the law and can help you understand the legal remedies that may be available to you after a final decision has been made in your criminal case. When you hire us, you can trust that you will have 30 years of combined experience on your side throughout the process.
What Types of Post Conviction Relief Exist?
Both state and federal laws provide for various types of post-conviction relief. Which ones you pursue depends on the specifics of your circumstances.
The post-conviction relief options we provide counsel for include:
- Clemency: This allows you to ask the governor for mercy or to forgive your guilt. There are three types of clemency that offer different types of remedies. These include pardons, commutations, and reprieves. It's best to discuss with an attorney the relief you may be eligible to seek.
- Direct appeal: If you have been convicted of a crime, you can challenge the judgment. An appellate court will look at the trial court's decision. Your direct appeal must be based on certain grounds that show a legal error occurred in your case and affected the outcome.
- Habeas corpus: If you are imprisoned and believe your detention is unlawful, you can seek a writ of habeas corpus. During this process, the court will decide whether or not the official restraining your liberties has the legal authority to do so. This form of post-conviction relief is typically sought after you have exhausted other avenues of release.
- Judicial release: Seeking judicial release means you are asking the sentencing court to reduce your prison term. Generally, you have only one chance to file a motion for judicial release, which is why it's crucial to have an attorney assist you in crafting a compelling argument for your case.
Learn more about post-conviction relief options by calling us at (513) 657-2440.
Regardless of the type of relief you're pursuing, the process begins with filing a motion. It's best to consult with a lawyer before getting started. They can help ensure that you complete the correct documents and submit them to the proper places.
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If you've been convicted of a crime, our Cincinnati attorneys are committed to providing the personalized attention you need when seeking post-conviction relief. We'll listen to you to learn about your circumstances and goals and will discuss which options are available to you.