For healthcare professionals, being convicted of a federal crime is a troubling, life-altering, possibly career-ending experience. Yet, with the rising rate of wrongful convictions, it is important to understand a conviction is not the end of the road and you may still appeal your sentence.
The federal appellate law is a highly complex area of law. You often only get one shot at litigating the issues in your case, and an experienced federal criminal appeals attorney who specializes exclusively in licensed healthcare providers may be your best bet.
Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(b)(1)(A) governs this time period. Generally, after you have been convicted you have 14 days from the date of the conviction to file a notice of an appeal with the federal circuit court ofaAppeals in your jurisdiction.
Traditionally, if you did not execute an appellate waiver with a plea agreement, your attorney should file a claim of appeal to preserve your appeal.
It is important to remember an appeal is not a retrial of your case. Usually, grounds for setting aside a conviction are:
Federal circuit courts of appeals are governed by region:
What happens after the court of appeals has overturned your conviction is a very circumstance-specific issue. Often, your case is remanded back to the trial level for further proceedings, which could include a new sentencing proceeding, a retrial of your case, or factual findings regarding a specific issue.
Regardless of the reason for your conviction, it is important to consult with experienced appellate attorneys to handle your case. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in the many federal circuit courts of appeal.
Our appellate attorneys have extensive experience in fighting white-collar federal convictions including health care fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, and drug trafficking (DEA registrants).
We have extensive experience in defending health professionals faced with criminal charges, including:
We represent licensed medical professionals, including:
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