Our firm also handles all manner of applications for post-conviction relief in criminal cases, such as post-judgment motions, habeas corpus petitions, and petitions for writs of error coram nobis.
Post-trial motions: While the function of an appellate court during a direct appeal in a criminal matter is limited to reviewing issues of preserved legal error, post-conviction relief broadens the analysis to all aspects of the case, including issues pertaining to effectiveness of counsel, claims of new evidence, involuntariness of a plea, and the legality of a sentence.
Writs of Error Coram Nobis: This is the procedural vehicle for raising a claim of ineffective assistance of appellate counsel.
Habeas Corpus: A habeas corpus petition is a petition filed with a court by a person who objects to his own or another’s detention or imprisonment. A writ of habeas corpus is a judicial mandate to a prison official ordering that an inmate be brought to the court so it can be determined whether or not that person is imprisoned lawfully and whether or not he should be released from custody. The petition must show that the court ordering the detention or imprisonment made a legal or factual error.