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Bruce R. Bryan

NY Criminal Appeals

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ABOUT NY CRIMINAL APPEALS

Criminal convictions have serious consequences, including lengthy imprisonment and a criminal record. You need an experienced NY criminal appeals lawyer who can give you the best chance of reversing the criminal conviction. The NY criminal appeals lawyer must be a master of the written word, experienced in the appellate process, and a skilled oral advocate.

NY Criminal Appeals Lawyer Bruce R. Bryan is highly experienced

NY criminal appeals lawyer Bruce R. Bryan is committed to excellence in appellate advocacy. He has the high-caliber experience and ability to show a NY criminal appeals court the strengths of your arguments and the weaknesses in the People’s case. Over his appellate career of more than 20 years, he has handled numerous NY criminal appeals.

He is the author of Guide to Criminal Appeals, Review and Parole in New York, a groundbreaking work explaining the appellate process on NY criminal appeals. Mr. Bryan is an Adjunct Professor of Appellate Advocacy at Cornell Law School, one of this nation’s leading legal institutions. He is also a lecturer to other lawyers at continuing legal education programs on criminal appeals to NY appellate courts. He has also appeared before the Supreme Court of the United States and high-level United States Circuit Courts of Appeals on federal criminal appeals.

NY criminal appeals lawyer Bruce R. Bryan is available for representation before all NY criminal appeals courts, including the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court.

Types of New York Crimes that Result in NY Criminal Appeals

As in other states, New York criminalizes a broad range of conduct that can subject a person to significant imprisonment. Examples of New York crimes include murder, manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault, robbery, drug sale or possession, money laundering, fraud, forgery, larceny, extortion, official misconduct, falsifying business records, computer crimes, endangering the welfare of a child, and sex crimes including rape, sexual abuse, and child pornography.

Issues on NY Criminal Appeals

A NY criminal appeal from a felony conviction contends that errors occurred in the trial court that resulted in the defendant’s wrongful conviction and imprisonment.  A NY criminal appeal may further argue that errors deprived the defendant of due process and a fair trial or just sentence.

Pre-trial Errors.There are a number of errors that can occur prior to trial. For example, the trial court may have erred in denying a motion to suppress evidence or statements based on an illegal search and seizure that violated a defendant’s constitutional rights. The People may have failed to disclose exculpatory evidence in violation of its discovery obligations under Brady. The defendant may have challenged the constitutionality of the criminal statute or its application to his case. A defendant may have been denied a hearing on a claim that the People had breached a plea agreement.

Trial Error.Countless errors can occur that affect the fairness of the trial. For example, a defendant may claim that the trial court erred in admitting hearsay evidence or excluding favorable circumstantial evidence, the judge improperly limited cross-examination or testimony, the People committed prosecutorial misconduct in remarks during the opening statement or summation, the People’s theory of guilt varied from the indictment, a mistrial should have been granted because the jury became tainted by trial publicity, or the court erred in its charge or legal instructions to the jury on the elements of the offense. A defendant may also claim on appeal that he was rendered ineffective assistance by defense counsel or that there was insufficient evidence to support the conviction.

Sentencing Errors. A defendant may seek to challenge the sentence imposed as illegal or harsh and excessive. A sentence is illegal when it exceeds the sentence that is authorized by the statute for the crime of conviction. A sentence is harsh and excessive when, in the view of the appellate court, the sentence is unjust under the circumstances of the case.

NY Criminal Appeals to NY Appeals Courts

Most NY criminal appeals go to one of the four Departments of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York. (In the First and Second Departments, criminal appeals may go to Special Terms of the Supreme Court). The four Departments and their counties are as follows:

Appellate Division, First Department – New York, (Manhattan, Bronx)

Appellate Division, Second Department – Richmond (Staten Island); Kings (Brooklyn); Westchester; Orange; Putnam; Duchess; Queens; Nassau; Suffolk

Appellate Division, Third Department – Sullivan; Ulster; Greene; Columbia; Schoharie; Albany; Rensselaer; Schenectady; Montgomery; Fulton; Saratoga; Washington; Warren; Hamilton; Essex; St. Lawrence; Franklin; Clinton; Delaware; Otsego; Madison; Chenango; Broome; Cortland; Tioga; Tompkins; Schuyler; Chemung

Appellate Division, Fourth Department – Onondaga; Oswego, Oneida; Herkimer; Lewis; Jefferson; Steuben; Livingston; Monroe; Ontario; Wayne; Yates; Seneca; Cayuga; Niagara; Orleans; Erie; Genesee; Wyoming; Chautauqua; Cattaraugus; Allegheny

Contact NY Criminal Appeals Lawyer Bruce R. Bryan

NY criminal appeals lawyer Bruce R. Bryan is committed to excellence in appellate advocacy. He has the high-caliber experience and ability to show a NY criminal appeals court the strengths of your arguments and the weaknesses in the People’s case. Over his career of more than 20 years as a NY criminal appeals lawyer, he has handled numerous NY criminal appeals.

He is the author of Guide to Criminal Appeals, Review and Parole in New York, an insightful book explaining the process on NY criminal appeals in simple terms (click here for a free downloadable copy of his book). Mr. Bryan is an Adjunct Professor of Appellate Advocacy at Cornell Law School, one of this nation’s leading legal institutions. He is also a lecturer to other lawyers at continuing legal education programs on criminal appeals to NY appeals courts. He has also appeared before the Supreme Court of the United States and high-level federal circuit courts of appeal on federal criminal appeals.

NY criminal appeals lawyer Bruce R. Bryan is available for representation before all NY criminal appeals courts, including the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court.

To inquire about Mr. Bryan’s availability to handle a NY criminal appeal, or other matters in his area of practice, contact his offices in Syracuse or White Plains, New York. Call 315-280-8790 or 914-281-1850 to request an appointment or consultation.

B. Bryan, "Defendant's Guide to Criminal Appeals, Review & Parole in New York," (2005)


Guide to Criminal Appeals, Review & Parole in New York | Bryan Criminal Appeals Lawyer NY

The object of appellate advocacy is to persuade. The winning advocate focuses the court on the strength of your case. Read More

Cornell Adjunct Professor of Law


Guide to Criminal Appeals, Review & Parole in New York | Bryan Criminal Appeals Lawyer NY

As an adjunct faculty, Professor Bryan teaches "Advanced Persuasive Writing and Appellate Advocacy" to second and third year law students at Cornell Law School. Read More