Fiancé is currently incarcerated with a life sentence for something he did not do
It would be impossible to say based on your limited facts which do not include length of trial. The issue of culpability is not a consideration as the appellate attorney works on legal error only.
In the Chicago area, appeals fee average about $15,000, excluding the costs to prepare the record, order transcripts, etc.
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