Hiring a Public Defender
Just as in a regular court case, you have the right to an attorney in an appeal, and one may be appointed, if you cannot afford one (PB § 63-7). This also means that you may qualify for a public defender even if you paid for an attorney at your trial. Your financial circumstances may have changed between the time of your trial and the time of your appeal, and it is acceptable for you to request a public defender even if you used a private attorney during your trial.
Hiring an Appellate Lawyer
Just because you have the right to a public defender does not mean that you should use one. Instead, many people choose to hire a private attorney. However, it is important to keep in mind that in many cases, trial lawyers do not handle appellate cases. Instead, appellate lawyers work mainly on appeal cases. To handle your case, you should find a lawyer who has experience with appeals and is comfortable working these types of cases. At our office, Attorneys Jay Ruane, Jim Ruane and many others have worked with appeal cases. It is up to you to decide if you want to hire a private appellate lawyer or use a public defender. To help you make your decision, take a look at the section below.
Why Hire a Connecticut Appellate Lawyer?
If you are looking to appeal a conviction, you need the best help that you can get as soon as possible. You already know what you are up against. If you lose the appeal, you face a specific punishment that a judge has already determined. The appeal is the only thing that can prevent the punishment that a judge has already determined. For this reason, it is important to hire a Connecticut appeals lawyer. You need a lawyer who:
- Has experience with the appeals system and appeals cases.
- Has the knowledge needed to give you the best defense possible.
- Will be an advocate for you and fight with passion and focus.
- Is a true professional and knows what they are doing.
- Is affordable.
These are very important traits to find in an appeals lawyer to ensure that you get the best defense at the best price.
Rest assured that we have a whole division of lawyers that work as counsel on appeals. Our attorneys have provided counsel on appeals in both the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. In addition, both Attorney Jim and Jay Ruane have been admitted to the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C. In addition to working with clients, Attorneys Jay and Jim Ruane have participated as amicus counsel on behalf of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, which is a testament to their excellent reputation in the community for appellate work.