If an individual disagrees with the verdict in a court case, it may be possible to appeal that decision. The number of appeals an individual in Oregon or anywhere else may have depends on the number of courts in the state. There are typically two to four appeals courts in a given state depending on how populous it is. It is important to note that different courts in the same state may have different rules and procedures as it relates to filing or hearing the appeal.

A defendant in a criminal case typically has 10 days to file an appeal, and this is done submitting a notice of appeal to the court that entered the initial verdict. In a civil matter, an individual typically has 30 days from the time a decision is reached to file a notice of appeal. An appeal might not be heard if the court doesn’t receive the paperwork in a timely manner.

The next step is to file an appellate brief, which outlines why a lower court erred in its decision. Typically, the person who is filing the appeal will cite the trial transcript as proof that errors occurred. It’s also possible for an individual’s attorney to file a notice of appeal, an appellate brief or both.

Those who are going through the appeal process may want to do so with the help of a criminal defense attorney. An attorney may help file paperwork in a proper and timely manner. This person may also be able to find errors that occurred during a trial and use them to have a case thrown out or to have specific charges dropped. If a defendant receives a new trial, it may be possible to earn an acquittal or negotiate a plea deal.