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Post-Conviction Appeals

POST-CONVICTION APPEALS

Wrongly Convicted? Ineffective Lawyer?

Fighting to Win a New Trial or Sentencing Hearing

Our hard work does not stop with the trial itself. We also can and do aggressively challenge convictions after the fact. Unhappy with your original trial counsel? Saddled with a criminal record or suffering jail time you feel you don’t deserve? Did the Judge make mistakes in your trial that led to your conviction? Let us review your case. We may be able to help.

We recently overturned a Murder conviction and had a client’s 20 – 40 year prison sentence vacated. We won a new trial for this client by proving over multiple-day hearings that his Trial Attorney was ineffective during trial. That client is now home on bail and waiting for his second trial. The Shaw Group looks forward to defending him aggressively and competently this time around to secure an acquittal based upon self-defense.

Losing a trial can be devastating for a criminal defendant and his or her family, but a loss in the trial court is not necessarily the end of the battle. If you or a loved one lost or pleaded guilty in a criminal case at the trial level and are unhappy with the outcome, the Shaw Law Group will aggressively fight on your behalf. Our team of top attorneys is dedicated and understanding, with the skillful representation and expertise it requires to challenge a conviction and win an appeal, new sentencing, or new trial.

POST-TRIAL CHALLENGES – We have extensive experience representing clients directly after conviction in a wide range of criminal cases including Homicide. Recently, within days of a Homicide conviction, the Shaw Law Group was hired to immediately begin challenging the trial and the trial attorney’s poor performance in a bid for a new Homicide trial. We handle Post-Sentence Motions for Re-Sentencing, Motions for Judgment of Acquittal, and Motions for New Trials, as well as direct appeals in criminal cases to the Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme Courts even if we did not represent you at your trial or plea. In fact, if you are unhappy with your Trial Counsel, it is best to hire new counsel immediately before sentencing instead of waiting for the appeal. 

APPEALS – You have a constitutional right to right to appeal your criminal conviction directly to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. You also can ask the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to review your conviction. If you don’t like the outcome of your trial and believe mistakes were made in your case by your attorney, the prosecutor, or the Trial Judge, we can challenge them on appeal. 

PCRA – A PCRA is a type of appeal you can only file after your case has first reached the Superior and/or Supreme Court. We handle Post-Conviction Relief Act Petitions based on newly discovered evidence, changes in constitutional law, and ineffective assistance of counsel. If your Trial Attorney made mistakes or provided you an incompetent defense, we can help. If your Trial Attorney induced you into an unknowing plea bargain, we can help. If your attorney gave your faulty or incorrect advice, we can help.  We will scour your record for Trial Court mistakes, attorney ineffectiveness, poor presentation of your defense, and missed legal challenges.  We have most recently overturned a homicide case and earned a once convicted defendant sentenced to 20 -40 years a new trial. We look forward to competently defending him this time around. If your case was originally handled by another criminal law firm, we will carefully scrutinize the trial record, transcripts, evidence, and any other relevant documents for mistakes that could help you in the appellate court.

It is an unfortunate reality of the justice system that judges and juries make mistakes in court cases. Fortunately, Pennsylvania and Federal law provide a number of different ways to challenge a wrongful conviction or excessive sentence. We have the proven experience and expertise necessary to identify these errors in the record that could help you get the justice you deserve and undo a bad outcome in your case.

Winning a criminal appeal can help you get your life, freedom, and reputation back, and it’s important to move quickly. There are strict deadlines for filing an appeal which begin to expire within as few as ten days of sentencing. If those deadlines are not met, you could lose your appellate rights forever. Subject to some exceptions, PCRA Petitions must be filed generally within 1 year of the final judgment on your case. Otherwise, you lose the right to file a PCRA forever. As each day passes, you may be giving up your appellate rights, so it is essential to your case that you do not delay. To ensure that you get the appeal to which you are entitled, call the Shaw Law Group today. 

Call us to discuss the potential of an appeal of your conviction or guilty plea.  

If you think you were wrongly convicted, dial us as soon as possible. Call 814-762-0004 to schedule a free initial consultation.

We Protect Your Constitutional Rights

We will serve as your shield against the long arm of the criminal justice system. We will ensure that your rights are protected, evidence is tested, and you do not incriminate yourself in any way.

Fierce Advocates At Every Stage Of Defense

We are advocates for our clients at every stage of a criminal defense matter, including post-trial proceedings, appeals, and Petitions for Post Conviction Relief.

We are known for our straightforward, aggressive approach to defending clients and for our ability to effectively challenge the prosecution at every stage of a case including after a conviction. We have obtained the best results even in cases in which the Commonwealth has a great deal of evidence. Most importantly, our attorneys have a proven track record in murder cases having recently obtained a complete dismissal of one Homicide case and a second Homicide conviction overturned with a new trial granted to our client. If you or a loved one have been wrongly convicted or induced to plead guilty, you need the best defense attorneys in your corner. Call us for a free strategy session and immediate advice.

We Are Here To Help ∙ Free Initial Consultations

We offer free initial consultations to answer your questions and help you understand your legal rights and options. We know that clients need strong representation even if they cannot afford it, so we will work with you to create an affordable payment plan.

Contact us online or call 814-762-0004 to schedule your appointment.

Our Process

1. Initial Consultation

We set up first meeting to listen to your case.

2. Evaluate Situation

We discuss your options with honesty and integrity.

3. Gather More Information

We will continue to gather information to prepare your defense.

4. Plan your defense

We will prepare and implement your defense strategy.

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