Richmond Appellate Attorney

Appealing a Conviction

Criminal appeals are the criminal justice's system's "second chance" for defendants. Often, the outcome of a case is affected by legal decisions made by the judge during the trial. When a case ends with a poor result, defendants can fight to overturn their conviction by appealing to a higher court to review those legal decisions made by the trial judge.

Appellate pleadings, unlike trials, require a lawyer not only argue his case persuasively but to also be a masterful legal writer. Appeals courts have their own unique rules of procedure, so not every attorney has the knowledge or experience to take an appeal to the Court of Appeals or the Virginia Supreme Court.

At the Law Office of Paul C. Galanides, P.C., we have the resources to review your trial record thoroughly, leveraging every unique or potentially valuable part of your case to craft an effective appeal. More importantly, our firm has 27 years of experience successfully defending the accused.

Contact our Richmond criminal appeals lawyer at (804) 977-0110 to schedule your free initial case evaluation today.

What is the Appeal Process?

Direct Appeals in Richmond

A direct appeal is a way for your attorney to challenge your conviction by addressing court errors which might have affected the verdict. A direct appeal is not a way to introduce new evidence and is not a retrial. Instead, direct appeals give you a chance to demonstrate that a trial judge made incorrect decisions that wrongly affected your trial or the final verdict.

In most cases, a successful direct appeal can result in:

  • A new trial
  • Outright dismissal of your charges.

Attorney Paul Galanides will fight to give you a second chance, even after a jury has passed down a verdict. His firm has the resources and experience to appeal your case through every level of the court system.

What are the Grounds of Appeal?

In general, the basic grounds of appeal include:

  • The court abused its discretion in making an errant ruling
  • The evidence doesn’t support the verdict
  • Ineffective assistance of counsel
  • The court made a serious error of law

A criminal defense lawyer can help to establish the facts that your case should be appealed. It is important that you seek the help of an attorney if you are looking to appeal your conviction.

We Serve the Accused in Richmond and throughout Virginia

Attorney Paul Galanides has argued dozens of appeals before the state appeals courts. He is admitted to practice and has prevailed in pleadings before the United States Supreme Court, and has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, a court just one step below the United States Supreme Court.

If your trial ended in an unfavorable decision, you need a Richmond appeals attorney on your side. For more than two decades, Attorney Paul C. Galanides has served his clients by obtaining decisive and life-changing appellate results. As an award-winning academic writer prior to his career as an attorney, Mr. Galanides began ghost-writing appellate pleadings even before he graduated law school. Attorney Paul Galanides' experience as a former member of the Capital Appeals Division of the Attorney General's Office and his insight as a seasoned trial attorney make him one of the most persuasive criminal appeals attorneys in the Commonwealth.

Our Richmond appellate attorney has argued cases like yours before. Our approach may not be cheap, but good representation is always worth the cost—just ask the men and women who are free today because Mr. Galanides didn't give up after they'd received guilty verdicts with other lawyers.

Call (804) 977-0110 for a free initial case consultation with a Richmond appellate lawyer today or contact the Law Office of Paul C. Galanides, P.C. online to schedule an appointment.


“I'm inspired to fight for the rights our constitution guarantees us, and to attempt to truly make a difference.”

- Paul C. Galanides
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