What is the first step you take for trying to appeal a wrongful capital murder conviction life sentence with out parole
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Criminal law has its own statutes, and rules of procedure. Those lawyers who do civil law are often not versed sufficiently in these matters. It is essential in any criminal matter that a criminal defense lawyer be retained to deal with the government and its lawyers.
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Your cousin will need to file a notice of appeal within 30 days after the life without parole sentence was verbally announced in court, or 90 days after that date if a motion for new trial was filed within 30 days after the sentence was verbally announced. If your cousin is indigent, he can request a court-appointed attorney for the appeal, and one will be appointed to represent him on appeal.