Criminal Offense


Helping You Challenge a Criminal Conviction

If you have been convicted of a crime by a judge or jury, you still have rights. If the trial court made mistakes of law, such as wrongfully allowing or excluding critical evidence, you can ask an appeals court to throw out the verdict against you and send the case back to trial. The appellate system is dramatically different from the trial process, though. The strategies and tactics that are effective at trial are seldom useful at the appellate level. You want an experienced attorney who knows and understands appellate procedure to protect your constitutional rights.

At Hornstine Law, LLC, our attorneys have decades of combined legal experience, including nearly 20 years of judicial experience. We understand the complex process of trial practice and can quickly identify when errors are made that could help you in your appeal. We will aggressively protect your interests on appeal, always working to get your conviction overturned. We understand the stress and anxiety you can feel during a criminal appeal and work hard to provide a relaxed environment in our offices, where you have confidence that your best interests are being protected. We are committed to treating all our clients the way we would want to be treated if our roles were reversed.

To arrange a private meeting, contact us by e-mail or call our office at 215-568-4968 (in New Jersey at 609-523-2222 or in Florida at 727-538-4178). Your first consultation is without cost or obligation.  Our office locations are conveniently located in Philadelphia, PA, Wildwood, NJ, and Marlton, NJ.

Our Criminal Appeals Practice

If you have received an unfavorable verdict in a criminal prosecution and have questions or concerns about your right to appeal, you want a lawyer who knows the appeals process. The first thing your attorney will need to do is determine whether you have grounds for an appeal. To appeal a case in the American legal system, you must be able to show that the court made errors of law. This can include:

  • Approving instructions of law that are not consistent with prior law
  • Allowing the admission or exclusion of evidence in violation of procedural rules

If you have the basis for an appeal, your lawyer will conduct legal research and prepare summaries of the law designed to show the appeals court how and where mistakes were made. The appeals court may also schedule oral arguments, in which your lawyer can verbally state your case and answer any questions from the court of appeals.

Because of the different way that appeals courts operate, you want an attorney with solid experience researching, writing and arguing the law. At Hornstine Law, LLC, we have that experience.


Contact Our Office

At the law offices of Hornstine Law, LLC, in Philadelphia, we represent individuals and companies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We bring decades of legal experience, including more than 20 years of judicial experience, to bear on every case we handle. We take an aggressive stance on behalf of our clients but always strive to offer an environment where you can relax, confident that we are taking care of all your legal concerns. We are committed to treating all our clients the way we would want to be treated if our roles were reversed.

To set up a free initial consultation, contact our office online or for assistance in Pennsylvania and New York call our office at 215-568-4968, for assistance in New Jersey call our office at 609-523-2222, and for assistance in Florida, call our office at 727-538-4178. Evening and weekend meetings can be scheduled at your request. Our Philadelphia office is located within easy access from PATCO and SEPTA.


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