If you have been convicted of a crime and have tried and failed to overturn your conviction on appeal, you may think that this means you have no choice but to accept your conviction and serve your sentence. However, that's not true...
The writ of Habeas Corpus is the legal system's last line of defense against unlawful incarceration. Anyone who is in prison, or otherwise restrained in some way by the criminal justice system, can bring a writ of habeas corpus petition to challenge their imprisonment.
California Habeas Petition? Under California law, a suspect may file a Habeas Corpus petition under certain defined conditions.
Common grounds for habeas petitions include:
Federal Habeas Petition ?If a defendant is denied redress under the State system (including the State's own Habeas process&, Federal law provides a special Habeas process under which defendants can challenge the state process itself against United States Constitutional standards. Alternatively, prisoners charged directly under Federal law do not have any recourse to State Habeas Petitions and must file original petitions in Federal court. In either case, the basic premise of a Habeas Petition remains the same as those filed under State law; the major difference being the time constraints within which a petition must be filed. Specifically, Federal law generally imposes a strict one-year limitation on filing petitions.
Habeas petitions are difficult and having a lawyer with experience in habeas practice can make a big difference in your case. We not only have experience in habeas corpus cases, but something else more important: a track record of success. Our attorneys have worked on numerous habeas cases and have achieved results for our clients that have changed their lives...
Our Partner, Ian Graham, used a habeas corpus petition to overturn a life sentence for a wrongful murder conviction.
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