Criminal Appeal Attorney in Cobb County
Are you looking for a top-rated criminal appeal attorney in Cobb County? Kilgore & Rodriguez is a Cobb County law firm with 25 years of experience and a proven track record of success when it comes to challenging a conviction and winning on appeal.
WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?
When your loved one has been convicted and sentenced to prison, it's easy to become discouraged and lose hope. But all is not lost. There are many post-conviction options for challenging a criminal conviction in the state of Georgia.
These options include:
- New trial
- Direct or Discretionary Appeal
- Motion to Withdraw Guilty Plea
- Habeas Corpus
FILING A CRIMINAL APPEAL
No area of criminal practice demands more knowledge, skill, and experience than challenging a conviction and seeking a new trial through appeal. Once a defendant enters a plea of guilty, or is convicted after a trial, he no longer enjoys the presumption of innocence.
In order to obtain a new trial, the burden is on the defendant to demonstrate that a substantial legal error occurred during the trial process. Usually, this means that the trial judge made an erroneous ruling that affected the fairness of the trial, the trial attorney made a prejudicial mistake, or the prosecutor did something improper. Finding these legal errors that might entitle a defendant to a new trial can be extremely complicated and difficult, like searching for a needle in a haystack. Experience in crucial.
A PROVEN RECORD OF SUCCESS
The Cobb County criminal appeal attorneys at Kilgore & Rodriguez have a track record of winning on appeal. Maddox Kilgore, a former law assistant on the Georgia Supreme Court, knows exactly what appellate courts are looking for, and how best to present the most compelling appeal. A former Assistant Attorney General, he has extensive experience in legal research, writing legal briefs, and arguing appeals before the Georgia Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. That experience has resulted in winning appeals in the following cases:
- Jones v. State, 294 Ga. App. 169 (2508).
- Dunagan v. State, 283 Ga. 501 (2508)
- Boivin v. State, 289 Ga. App. 411 (2509)
- Robinson v. State, 286 Ga. 42 (2509)
- State v. Goode, 298 Ga. App. 749 (2509)
- Nelson v. State, 302 Ga. App. 583 (2510)
- Fedak v. State, 304 Ga. App. 580 (2510)
- Hedden et. al. v. State, 288 Ga. 871 (2511)
- Tindell v. State, 314 Ga. App. 91 (2512)
Sometimes, an appeal can occur before the case even goes to trial. In the case of State of Georgia v. Robinson, in which the defendant was charged with murder, the judge refused to exclude Mr. Robinson's statement during an improper police interrogation. Maddox Kilgore petitioned the Supreme Court of Georgia to review the ruling. The Supreme Court agreed that the Marietta Police had violated Mr. Robinson's constitutional rights. Robinson's statement was thrown out.