Section 24 of the Arizona Constitution guarantees the defendant in an Arizona criminal prosecution the right to appeal his or her conviction. The purpose of an appeal is to ensure that the trial court did not make any legal errors throughout the trial process. Appeals may result in the reversal of a person’s trial court conviction. A successful appeal can also result in the suppression of evidence, a reduction in sentence, or the granting of a new trial.
Criminal appeals and specialized legal writs are active areas of practice for our Phoenix criminal defense attorneys. Following a conviction, Arizona appellate lawyers review the trial transcript or the “record” to determine if one or more legal errors may have occurred. If so, the conviction can be attacked in the Arizona Appellate Court and possibly overturned.