The Difference Between A Good Attorney And A Great One

A good attorney can help you through a case at the lower court level. A great attorney prepares your case for an eventual appeal. At the trial stage, your lawyer should make the appropriate motions and objections, thereby preserving issues for an appeal.

The potential for appeal underscores the need for a competent attorney the first time through your case. Protect your rights by hiring the right attorney at the very beginning of your case so that if an appeal is necessary, the record is preserved.

State Vs. Federal Appeals

There are different appellate issues in state cases as opposed to federal cases. In federal cases, the application of federal sentencing guidelines may be in question. It is important to hire a law firm that understands federal sentencing guidelines. Experienced attorneys evaluate correct time calculation and application of appropriate guidelines and procedures. The federal judges have discretion but there is a limit to their discretion. At Napier & Napier, we are experienced at challenging these issues whenever they arise.

Why Experience Matters For An Appeal

Having an experienced lawyer on your side throughout your case, and especially on an appeal is helpful for a number of reasons. First, the attorney understands criminal defense at the trial level and knows what issues might be appealable. Second, a seasoned attorney knows the current case law and how it might apply to your appeal. We have three decades of experience with criminal cases throughout the upstate New York area and at the state and federal appellate level.

Whether you are pursuing a drug appeal, were convicted of a white collar crime or you just generally think a legal mistake was made in your case, we can help. Call our office in Rochester at 585-672-7827 (toll free 866-531-2771) and set up an appointment now.


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