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A felony criminal defense does not end if you are convicted

Mississippi residents who have been charged and convicted on felony-level charges may feel that life as they know it is over. They may feel that their prison sentence is secured and there is nothing they can do about it. The truth is, a person's felony criminal defense does not end if one is convicted. What exactly does that mean?

Everyone, no matter what charges they were convicted on, has the right to pursue post-conviction proceedings. In other words, everyone has the right to keep fighting for justice. What exactly can one do? There are a few things. When there is concern that one's constitutional rights may be or may have been violated, it is possible to:

  • Have legal counsel present at sentencing
  • Appeal the conviction
  • Review the competence of their trial attorney

When the concern is not about a constitutional rights violation, but rather that the defendant simply wishes to seek relief following a conviction, there are non-essential proceedings at which one has the opportunity to do this. Most of these proceedings must be requested, and the defendant is responsible for retaining a post-conviction attorney or face representing him- or herself. These non-essential proceedings include:

  • Retrial
  • Appeals to the Supreme Court
  • Habeas Corpus
  • Parole hearings
  • Communication
  • Pardon
  • Expungement

Post-conviction relief exists because the criminal system is not perfect. Mistakes are made that would, without relief options, land people in prison for the rest of their lives. Mississippi residents whose felony criminal defense did not work in their favor can seek assistance from an experienced post-conviction relief attorney who will be able to help them keep fighting for their freedom.

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