Appeals Attorney


Just because you were found guilty or plead guilty, your case does not have to be over. Whether the person who was convicted is you, a family member, loved one, or close friend, the right to appeal a case to a higher court may exist. In fact, there may a number of options available for you to continue to fight: 

  • A Motion For a New Trial places your case back before the Judge that presided at trial. One of the benefits to this motion is that it acts as a hold on the appeal procedure. This can provide the attorney and client the time they need to discuss and dissect the transcripts of the trial. 
  • A Writ of Habeas Corpus becomes an option when all appellate rights have been exhausted. It is limited to constitutional issues that were not covered on appeal, including ineffective assistance of counsel during the trial and/or during an appeal. 
  • Another option involves attacking the sentence through the parole board and petitioning the parole board for clemency and early release. The attorney may be able to identify an issue that was not brought forth in the initial parole evaluation. Letters of character and recommendations may be brought to the parole board’s attention. An attorney can communicate with staff of the parole board to establish a change of sentence.
Should you face the misfortune of having yourself or a family member convicted of a criminal charge in Georgia you know you need a high-quality defense attorney. 

Contact the Law Offices of Vernon Smith once you decide you need the best attorney possible when your personal freedom is at stake.

Whether you were guilty or not, your constitutional rights must be defended throughout the course of a trial. Our attorneys will skillfully use all legal tools available to protect your rights.

Crime Law Appeals Lawyer

As a criminal defense attorney you can count on for leadership, advice and strategic planning, Vernon Smith is both experienced and talented enough to see many opportunities for a skillful appeal of your criminal defense case.  His status as a sole practitioner allows him to devote as much of his personal attention to you and your defense as necessary.

Maybe you’re not sure you can afford, or should, take a case all the way through the appeals process.  For a flat fee established, ahead of time, Mr. Smith will do a thorough investigation and evaluation of your criminal defense case and then give you his honest appraisal of the chances of success that an appeal of the outcome might have.


It is important that you contact an appellate attorney as early as possible after trial.  There are strict deadlines that accompany almost every post-conviction relief option.

Contact the Law Offices of Vernon Smith for your free consultation. Call (770) 471-4040 today.

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Vernon Smith provides legal services to the Atlanta Metro area and all Georgia cities including including those from Clayton County, Coweta County, Fulton County, Cobb County, Gwinnett County, DeKalb County, Fayette County, Forsyth County, Henry County, Spalding County and from cities and communities such as Alpharetta, Atlanta, Buckhead, Canton, College Park, Conyers, Cumming, Decatur, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Fayetteville, Griffin, Johns Creek , Jonesboro, Kennesaw, Lilburn, Marietta, McDonough, Midtown, Newnan, Norcross, Riverdale, Roswell, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Snellville, Stockbridge, Stone Mountain, Union City and Woodstock.