It’s no secret that having a criminal conviction on your record can make life quite difficult. These kinds of convictions can make it challenging for you to find employment, apply for loans, and secure housing. It’s a struggle for anyone who is just trying to return to their normal life and it can ultimately hold you back in more ways than one. Fortunately, all hope is not lost. It is possible to seek post-conviction relief.
Post-conviction relief provides individuals with the opportunity to remove or change a criminal conviction that has blemished their public record. While not everyone will qualify for post-conviction relief, it’s most common for those who are immigrants, non-citizens, and prosecuted sex offenders.
In many cases, post-conviction relief is awarded when an individual did not fully understand the charges against them or the consequences their plea agreement had. On the other hand, if you feel your legal counsel did not do an efficient job of representing you and handling your conviction, you may also seek post-conviction relief. The reality is, there are many instances where people feel their attorney was incompetent or made mistakes when handling their case, which can lead to a damaging result in court.
If any of the aforementioned situations apply to your situation, you may want to consider post-conviction relief. If mistakes were made in the handling of your case, it’s possible that you could get your charges lowered or even dropped altogether. While results are not guaranteed, it’s still worthwhile to consult with an attorney about your situation. Any help you can get can make a difference in the impact it has on your personal life.
If, by chance, your criminal case is still open, it would be best to consult with an attorney right away. It’s much easier to reduce or drop charges on an open case, so it’s beneficial to get an attorney by your side early on. However, if your case has already been closed, there’s still the possibility that an attorney can offer you some assistance.
How We Can Help
Prior to submitting an application for post-conviction relief, it’s important that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can review court transcripts and any other details surrounding your conviction and will then determine if you’re eligible for post-conviction relief.
As mentioned above, you may be eligible if one of the following applies to you: you believe your legal counsel during your court trial was ineffective or you are facing deportation because your attorney failed to inform you of the immigration consequences of the plea you made. There are also other reasons that could make you eligible, but you’ll need to consult with an attorney to find out for sure. An attorney who has experience in dealing with these types of cases will have a good idea of what they can do to help you out.
If an attorney believes you are eligible for post-conviction relief, a legal memorandum will need to be drawn up and will have to accompany your application. In order to make a decision, you may have to attend a hearing before a judge. Your attorney will prepare you for this hearing ahead of time.
If you or someone you know is in need of an attorney to help with post-conviction relief, please contact our law offices today. We can schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation and determine your eligibility. If we find that you may be eligible, we can then discuss the next steps that need to be taken and can move forward with the process.
We fully understand how these proceedings work and have been able to get a positive result for many of our clients. Reach out today to see how we can do the same for you.