If you have been accused of a crime in Tennessee and, ultimately, convicted, it is likely that you will be dissatisfied and upset. If you hope to have the result changed, it is important that you consider the different options that you have.
Anyone has the constitutional right to appeal when they have been convicted of a crime. However, an appeal is not simply a second chance to defend yourself. An appeal will only reverse a conviction on certain grounds.
Under what circumstances may it be a good idea to appeal my conviction?
If you think that the law was applied to your situation incorrectly, going through an appeal may lead to a different judgement from the higher court. Additionally, if there has been a procedural error, this can be corrected through an appeal. It is not possible, however, to introduce new evidence into a case in an appeal. In this regard, you will not have a fresh shot at being found innocent.
What errors are significant in an appeal?
If there was insufficient evidence to prove your guilt beyond reasonable doubt, you may be able to have your conviction reversed through an appeal. You can also appeal the conviction if evidence used against you was, in fact, obtained illegally. If the jury was biased through poor instruction, this can also be grounds for an appeal.
If you want to go through the appeals process in the state of Tennessee, you should consider the reasons why you believe that an appeal might be able to reverse your conviction.