Appellate advocacy is unlike trial practice. The skills required in a trial do not translate to an appeal. Appellate cases rarely get set for argument - leaving your hopes for reversal only on the written brief before a panel of extremely knowledgeable judges. I have written literally hundreds of appellate briefs in cases ranging from low-level misdemeanors to murder cases involving life sentences and have regularly appeared at the Kansas Court of Appeals and the Kansas Supreme Court.
A direct appeal is an appeal filed following the conclusion of your criminal case. Using a direct appeal, you can challenge virtually any issue for review at the Kansas Court of Appeals. For instance, most direct appeals challenge the conviction itself or whether the district court erred by admitting evidence or whether the government produced sufficient evidence to justify a conviction. The only general limitation was whether your trial attorney made a timely and specific objection.
MOTION TO CORRECT AN ILLEGAL SENTENCE
A motion to correct an illegal sentence is primarily used when a guilty plea is entered in exchange for a plea offer but some error occured in calculating the proper amount of in-custody time. With a motion to correct an illegal sentence, the underlying conviction cannot be challenged.
POST-CONVICTION MOTIONS FOR DNA TESTING
Many people do not know that the evidence in their case may qualify for DNA testing - even if they have already been convicted. Whether your case was the result of a plea, jury trial, or bench trial, if the evidence was not tested for DNA, you may be able to petition the court to have the evidence tested.