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Direct Appeals

Issues raised on direct appeal are typically trial or sentencing errors that were objected to on the record by trial counsel. Errors that were not objected to sometimes may be raised, but face a higher “plain error” standard of review. A defendant who pleads guilty is generally limited to attacking the voluntariness of the guilty plea.

At Lawlor & Englert, LLC, we thoroughly review the trial record to find meritorious issues to raise on appeal. We have briefed issues including erroneous jury instructions, a trial court’s impermissible comment on the evidence, delay in presentment, jury selection errors, expert qualification, sufficiency of the evidence, and sentencing errors. Both Mr. Lawlor and Ms. Englert have extensive experience in writing high quality briefs. We have appealed cases to the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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