The Appellate Division handles a variety of appellate issues. These include reviewing felony and misdemeanor trial convictions, revocation of suspended sentences, acceleration of deferred sentences, and denial of applications to withdraw guilty pleas. Our attorneys review the trial court records, including all exhibits, transcripts, and other documents, and raise the appropriate issues to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. We may also reply to the State’s briefs, engage in oral arguments before the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, and conduct evidentiary hearings.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS-APPELLATE DIVISION
Question: My family member has been sentenced by a Judge. Now what?
Answer: All criminal defendants are entitled to appeal a sentence. The appeals process will begin almost immediately after sentencing when the trial attorney files paperwork to start the appellate process.
Question: How long will an appeal take?
Answer: The entire appellate process can take up to a year or longer from the date of sentencing to obtain an opinion from the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. This is due to getting transcripts of the trial proceedings, getting copies of all court documents, and then the time allowed the parties to file briefs.
Question: Will there be hearings before the Court of Criminal Appeals that can be attended?
Answer: Usually not. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals usually decides cases based on the document record before it.