The Go-To Firm For Appeals, Post-Conviction Relief And Expungements
Criminal charges and convictions can have an incredibly damaging effect on a person’s life. From the loss of current and future employment to the loss of a person’s constitutional rights, it’s important for defendants to know that there are options following an arrest or conviction that can result in a more favorable future.
At The Law Offices of James A. Williams, L.L.C., we help individuals throughout the greater New Orleans area file criminal appeals, petition for post-conviction relief and seek expungements all in an effort to minimize the negative impact criminal charges can have on a person’s life. Our lead attorney, James A. Williams, is a seasoned litigator with 38 years of criminal justice experience. He knows how the system works and how to work with judges in order to secure the best possible outcomes — and futures — for his clients.
The Appeals Process
If you received an adverse ruling for a criminal conviction, you may appeal to a higher court in Louisiana to have your case reheard. It’s important to understand that while you have this right, the process of appealing your case is not altogether intuitive nor is it advisable to handle appeals on your own.
During an appeal, appellants may only urge the court based on evidence in the official court record, meaning no new evidence may be brought forward. Additionally, because judges are often reluctant to reverse lower court decisions, appellants must ensure their arguments are sound and can withstand the scrutiny of the higher courts
Hiring a skilled attorney is always a good idea in these types of cases because they can do a thorough review of the case record and determine the valid points in your appeal. A comprehensive understanding of the appeals process and an extensive track record of success in the courtroom are also added benefits as they can ensure you have what you need in order to convince a judge to overturn a lower court’s decision.
Petitioning For Post-Conviction Relief
If you are unsuccessful upon appeal, you may seek post-conviction relief. In Louisiana, you have two years from the time of your conviction to file for post-conviction relief. Unlike with the appeals process, when seeking post-conviction relief, you are able to submit new evidence such as calling attention to:
- Changes in the law
- The fact you have ineffective counsel
- There is other evidence that supports your claim you were wrongfully convicted
As is the case with appeals, post-conviction relief isn’t always an intuitive process for those who do not understand the full scope of the law, how case law can factor into their case or how to make an effective argument before the court. Only an attorney with experience handling appellate work and post-conviction relief cases can help you in this situation.
Mr. Williams has experience seeking post-conviction relief on behalf of clients in Gretna, surrounding areas and across the state. His extensive trial experience and good rapport with judges in the state can provide you with the resources you need to get a better outcome from this post-conviction process.
Seeking Expunction Of Crimes On Your Record
An expungement is another way our firm can help individuals in Louisiana protect their futures from damaging criminal charges. Expungements are a process by which individuals petition the court to remove the history of criminal arrest from their public record. There are numerous benefits to successfully going through this process, including:
- Regaining employment opportunities individuals were once barred from because of an arrest
- Giving individuals back their right to vote
- Giving individuals access to government benefits such as Social Security, food stamps and more
- Giving individuals the opportunity to reinstate their parental rights
There are two very important things to keep in mind about the expungement process in Louisiana:
- While an expunged record is removed from public record and is confidential, law enforcement, state agencies and criminal justice agencies will still be able to have access to your full record.
- Not all crimes are eligible for expungement.
Mr. Williams is well-versed in criminal law and has sought numerous expungements in order to protect his clients’ best interests. He understands the process, the law and the court’s expectations in these types of cases. With him on your side, you can rest assured knowing that your case is in good hands and that he will fight for the best possible outcome for you.
Give Yourself The Best Chance At A Better Future
If you believe you were wrongfully convicted or a crime in Louisiana or would like help clearing your record, turn to The Law Offices of James A. Williams, L.L.C. We will put 38 years of criminal law experience, dedication and a commitment to securing positive results in your corner.