Montana Criminal Appeals Lawyers

Appellate practice is different than trial work. It requires a broad and thorough understanding of complex legal concepts, and an ability to analyze the legal record in a way attorneys are rarely required to do.

Appeals are different than trials: they don't rely on testimony, and legal theories can be just as important as the facts of the case. Your Montana appeals attorney must be well versed and experienced in appellate law, a rare specialty. And, because appeals are often based on mistakes made at trial, it's important to hire a lawyer who can read the record and clearly see all the possible issues for appeal. This could include mistakes made by your trial attorney. A fresh set of eyes, without bias, can be a huge asset in your appeal.

Appellate Law in Montana

In Montana, appeals are governed by the Montana Rules of Appellate Procedure. This set of rules stands alone in the law and only applies to appellate cases before the Montana Supreme Court. For that reason, many attorneys rarely come into contact with these rules, and are unfamiliar with the intricacies they present. Because our lawyers specialize in appellate law, and have taken the time to study, and truly learn the appellate procedure, we are able to guide our clients through a confusing and intimidating process with confidence.

More than that, we specialize in the law. Our attorneys have studied at top universities learning appellate reasoning in the most competitive environments modern education has to offer. From there, our skills and knowledge have grown as has our passion for appellate representation in Montana. When choosing an appellate lawyer, you need someone who knows the technical aspects of the law and our appellate practice group can offer that.

Hiring New Counsel on Appeal

Appellate advocacy requires skills that are similar to, but distinct from, those used at trial. Arguments must be made differently to an appellate court than to a jury. Issues that appeared important during trial may not be significant in the appeal. And other issues that appeared unimportant during trial may become central to the case. As a result, it is often advisable to have a different attorney take a fresh look at a case when it goes up on appeal, in either a consulting role or as new lead counsel for the appeal.