Learn about appeals following a criminal conviction.
This lesson addresses issues that often arise in appeals in criminal cases. There are two types of criminal appeals – direct appeals and collateral appeals. See Teague v. Lane, 489 U.S. 288, 303-06 (1989).
In a direct appeal, a typical criminal defendant convicted of a non-capital felony offense in state court first appeals to a state’s intermediate appellate court. If he loses, he can ask the state supreme court to review his case. If that court refused, the...