The Right Lawyer For Your Appeal
Appeals are a niche area of law that involve a much different skill set and approach than trial work. To succeed on appeal, you must first have strong grounds for appeal. Your lawyer must be able to identify those grounds and make compelling written (and sometimes oral) arguments. They must also understand how to navigate the appellate process, which is different from other legal proceedings. They must keep your appeal on track within the many strict deadlines that govern the process.
You will find such a skilled and capable appellate lawyer at Wis Lawyer in the La Crosse area. Bernardo Cueto, the firm’s founder and solo attorney, has successfully navigated appeals before both the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. One of his cases resulted in victory for his client in a published opinion – an accomplishment not many lawyers have on their track records. Above all, however, Mr. Cueto is committed to bringing a fresh, hardworking mindset to every appellate case, starting with analyzing whether there are worthwhile grounds for appeal.
What Makes A Successful Appeal?
In both civil and criminal cases, the grounds for appeal are perhaps the single determining factor as to whether the case will succeed. Strong grounds for appeal may involve:
- Misinterpretation or misapplication of the law at the lower court level
- Violations of your constitutional rights
- Wrongful admission of evidence
- Improper jury instructions
- Mistakes by the trial court lawyer amounting to ineffective assistance of counsel
- Misconduct on the part of the prosecutor
- Insufficient evidence
These are just a few of many potential grounds for appeal. Other technical considerations also factor into identifying successful grounds for appeal – for example, whether your attorney in the lower court proceedings raised the issue and gave the judge an opportunity to address it.
Beyond the grounds for appeal, there are many other key ingredients for a successful appeal, including the ability to write a concise, compelling, well-researched legal brief. Mr. Cueto shines in all of these areas.