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FAQ: I don’t agree with my conviction. Can my case be heard again?

Let’s say you’ve been to court for a criminal matter or traffic offense like reckless driving, but you don’t agree with the decision of the Judge. Do you have to accept that decision? The short answer is no. If, in a lower court (Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court or General District Court), the Judge makes a decision that you don’t agree with, you are entitled to what is called an appeal. Requesting an appeal means that you are asking a higher court (Circuit Court) to rehear your matter from the lower court.

If you had an attorney in the lower court, you should definitely ask him or her if it would be in your best interest to file an appeal. This often costs you another retainer. At Holcomb Law, if your Reckless Driving trial result was not acceptable, we will represent you on the appeal at no additional cost.

Filing an appeal is quite simple, but time is of the essence. You have 10 days from the date of your conviction to file an appeal. This must be done by you or your attorney, in person, with the Clerk’s office of the Court your case was heard.

If you have any questions about the appeal or the appeal process, or you feel you would like to have your case reheard in the Circuit Court, feel free to give us a call at 757-656-1000 or email us at and set up a time to speak with an attorney about the appeal process and your specific matter. We are here for you.

Please note: it is possible to appeal the Circuit Court’s decision to an even higher court, the Court of Appeals. This process is different, and will likely cost much, much more, so be sure to let your attorney know!