When the outcome of a trial is not in your favor, what steps can you take to improve the situation? Learn about what to do post conviction here.

Even with a solid criminal defense lawyer on your side, the outcome of your case is not guaranteed. It is still possible to lose your case, whether you choose to defend yourself or you have an attorney on your side. So, if you do face conviction, you need to know what to do next. Also, there are a few steps that you can take to make this situation better for you.


One option that you have is to file an appeal. Also, appeals happen if there was an error in your case that impacted the jury’s decision. So, you should talk to your lawyer about the possibility of an appeal. In addition if they think that you have an appeal, you could file one and possibly get a different outcome for your case.

But, appeals can be tricky. Because of this, we recommend discussing this option with an attorney and finding a lawyer who has experience with appeal cases to help you with this process. In addition, this can make the appeal much simpler and less stressful for you.

Other Options

But, if appeals are not possible for your situation, there are other things that you can do to protect yourself and your rights. So, you should familiarize yourself with parole or probation rules so that you don’t violate your probation. In addition, this is a good step to take in order to put this experience behind you as quickly as possible. Also, if you violate probation, this constitutes its own crime.

In addition, you could face additional jail time for violating your probation. So, avoiding this situation altogether is a good idea. But, if you face a violation of probation charge, hiring a lawyer can help you fight the charge.

Post Conviction

Post conviction, you might find that certain things are more difficult for you than they were before. For example, you might have difficulty getting a job, renting an apartment, or doing other everyday things. Also, in order to put the experience behind you and make these things easier, you might consider applying for a pardon. Although the pardon process can be difficult, if you do get a pardon, it will erase your criminal history. And, this can make your life much easier, so it is a good option to consider.

Ruane Attorneys

At Ruane Attorneys, we do not believe that an attorney’s job is done once the verdict is decided. So, if you are unhappy with the verdict, we will continue to work with you to determine if an appeal, habeas corpus, or another option is a good idea for your situation. In addition, we will also support you through the probation process and we can help you fill out a pardon application if you want to apply. So, no matter what stage of the case you are in, contact our office for assistance.