Whether you are filing a 29.15 motion for post-conviction relief challenging your lawyers ineffectiveness or filing a state or federal habeas corpus petition, litigating appeals is a very complicated process. Both the circuit courts and federal courts require very specific procedures for post-conviction appeals. If you are on your own filing in the courts and cannot afford an attorney, a Legal Consultant may be the best option for you!
Going at it alone is simply not an option if you do not know what you are doing. I advise anyone filing post-conviction appeals to try to retain a good post-conviction or appellate attorney. However, the reality is that many cannot afford the cost of the good attorneys or simply do not have money to retain a lawyer at all. For the people who cannot afford an attorney after their first appeal as of right has been denied in the appellate court system their simply on their own. [Read more…]