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  • Michael saved my life. There is no other way to put it . . . Thank you, Michael, for giving me a new day! Assault in the First Degree in Manhattan, August 2016
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  • Mike Cibella did an excellent job! . . . When something wasn’t right the day the charge was to be dismissed, Mike hunted down the DA to make it right and end the case with a dismissal. We are grateful to have engaged him. Criminal Mischief, July 2015
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  • Thank you for saving my career! Investment Bank Trader, Larceny case, July 2011.
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On post-conviction appeals and how they work

On post-conviction appeals and how they work

It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that a criminal charge can change a person’s life. The potential consequences are severe; the mental toll is immense; and the impact can be felt by a person convicted of a crime for many years to come even after their sentence has been served and they pay back their “debt to society”.

Given all of these factors, it is understandable for someone who has been convicted of a crime to feel hopeless, but a conviction doesn’t have to be the end — in many ways, it is just the beginning of the legal process.

Whether you have pled guilty or been convicted after trial – especially after a trial – you may have issues to appeal.  There are post-conviction appeals that you can utilize to show that some error of law occurred, your case was improperly handled, or the punishment against you is excessive. Some must be pursued immediately after conviction and sentence, within 30 days, while other types of post-conviction relief, like a writ of habeas corpus, may only be pursued after all other remedies have been exhausted.  However, overturning any conviction is an uphill climb that requires a thorough review of the record, a deep understanding of the law and a will to fight.

Different issues have different standards for review and some may be reviewed even if the issue was not preserved below because it affects such a fundamental right. If you have been convicted of a crime after trial or the representation you received was ineffective, it behooves you to get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights on appeal even after you have been convicted.

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