Every person has a right to fair legal representation when they have been charged with a crime. Unfortunately, in some cases, inadequate legal representation is provided, mistakes are made, or an unreasonable verdict is reached. Any of these situations are grounds for appeal. Mr. David Lewarchik is an experienced criminal appeal lawyer who fights tirelessly to ensure that the rights of his clients are protected.
Even for a seemingly minor crime such as shoplifting, a criminal conviction carries serious consequences, which may include jail time, financial penalties, and a loss of privileges – not to mention a hit to one’s reputation. When justice has not been served, Mr. Lewarchik is happy to file a shoplifting appeal for his Chicago, IL clients so they can fight back against wrongful conviction or excessive sentencing.
Consequences of a Shoplifting Conviction
For many, a shoplifting conviction may not seem like a huge cause for concern. Certainly, there are more serious charges that a person could face. However, a shoplifting conviction still carries serious consequences. Depending on the value of the merchandise taken, and whether this is a repeat offense, a shoplifting conviction could carry penalties including up to seven years of imprisonment and up to $25,000 in fines. Even when a person receives lighter penalties, there are several personal consequences to consider. A shoplifting conviction can make it difficult to find a job, obtain a loan, or apply for an apartment lease.
Filing an Appeal
With so much at stake for those convicted of shoplifting, it is absolutely worth it to consider an appeal if criminal proceedings were unjust, or sentencing penalties were too harsh. Appeal proceedings are difficult and require an extensive understanding of appeal law.
Fortunately, Mr. Lewarchik has the experience and training to help his clients navigate the complex appellate court system. He is one of the most trusted appeal lawyers in the area, and is known for the personalized attention he provides his clients, as well as the time he devotes to each case. Depending on the details of the case, Mr. Lewarchik may be able to appeal a conviction, appeal a sentence, obtain a new case, or have a client’s criminal record expunged. In any case, his primary goal is to ensure his client’s rights are protected.
It is important for convicted shoplifters to understand that there are strict deadlines when it comes to filing an appeal. An appeal for a new trial must be filed within 30 days of a conviction, while a sentence appeal must be filed within 30 days of sentencing. It is vital to act quickly following a conviction so that Mr. Lewarchik has time to gather the evidence necessary to prove the grounds for appeal.
If you believe that you have been wrongly convicted of a crime, or have been unjustly sentenced, it is important to act in a timely manner. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and find out how Mr. David Lewarchik can guide you through the appeals process.