Any person who has been convicted of a crime can appeal the decision to convict if they believe a legal error has occurred. It’s a popular misconception that any case can be appealed, but there actually has to be legal basis to do so.
When a case is being appealed, the former defendant, now referred to as the appellant, will find an attorney and have them file a notice of appeal to a higher court, the appellate court, which includes a written summary of their argument toward the appeal and asks for them to review the record and determine whether legal errors occurred. This process can be long, since the party who is being appealed must send a written response to the claims, and then the appellant can respond to them in writing before the case moves forward.
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