Criminal Appeals

Every person who has received the judgment of a civil or criminal court in the United States District court or Tennessee courts has a right to appeal his or her case to an appellate court. At Breeding & Henry, LLC, in Knoxville, our lawyers are licensed to practice in all appellate courts in Tennessee, including the Tennessee Supreme Court, and federal appellate courts around the country. Attorney Brad Henry has successfully briefed and argued appeals in the United States Supreme Court, federal appellate courts for the Fourth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuit, and the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Mr. Henry's successes include reversals by both the United States Supreme Court and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to representing our own cases on appeal, our lawyers handle appeals for other law firms in the areas of criminal defense, civil litigation and family law. Our lawyers are known for their understanding of the rules and requirements of both state and federal appellate courts.

We Know Appellate Law

Appeals are a specific area of law which require a lawyer who understands what the appellate court expects in written briefs and oral arguments. Your attorney cannot present evidence and witnesses, but must base arguments on the evidence and transcript of your original trial. An appellate attorney takes your trial record and attempts to show the appellate court that the trial court made a mistake. Deadlines are crucial. If you do not contact an appellate lawyer soon enough, you will miss your opportunity to have a higher court review your case.

While anyone can automatically appeal a trial court judgment to an appellate court, the United States and Tennessee Supreme Courts only accept cases they choose to review. Our Firm has specific experience filing Writs for Certiorari requesting further review. Only a limited number of attorneys nationwide have experience filing and arguing cases before the United States and Tennessee Supreme Courts. Brad Henry, Shelley Breeding and Stephanie Prager have all successfully requested Writ for Certiorari with the Supreme Court.

Post-Conviction Matters in Criminal Cases

In addition to appeals, our attorneys handle post-conviction matters for criminal defendants, including modification or correction of sentences and habeas corpus motions. We have handled cases involving DNA testing, ineffective assistance of counsel and immigration consequences. Our attorneys are familiar with petitions filed under 18 U.S.C. 2255 and petitions for writ of error coram nobis. We also handle clemency petitions and requests for pardon.

For More Information About Tennessee Civil and Criminal Appeals

For more information or to schedule a consultation with our Knoxville appellate attorneys, call 865-223-6307 or fill out our contact form.