Massachusetts Criminal Appeal Attorney


Appellate Attorney William Driscoll is passionate about the protection of individual rights. He assists clients convicted of any criminal charge, including simple assault, gun or drug offenses, rape, arson, manslaughter or murder.




Interlocutory Appeal

An interlocutory appeal challenges a provisional trial court decision, such as a motion to suppress evidence. No right to interlocutory appeal exists. When permission is granted, the case enters the appellate court.


Interlocutory appeals are resolved in the state appellate courts, the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court. There is no avenue for certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States.


Direct Appeal

Every defendant has the right to appeal their conviction by what is called a direct appeal. A direct appeal can challenge any aspect of the case, from the time of the alleged crime through conviction.


Direct appeals are resolved in the state appellate courts and must be pursued to the state's highest appellate court before seeking federal court relief (e.g., habeas corpus relief, certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court).


Collateral Appeal

A collateral appeal challenges the denial of a collateral attack on the conviction (e.g., a new trial motion), which was not consolidated with the direct appeal of the underlying conviction.


Collateral appeals are resolved in the state appellate courts and must be pursued to the state's highest appellate court before seeking federal court relief (e.g., habeas corpus relief, certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court).




Contact Appellate Attorney William Driscoll at 978-846-5184 before your rights disappear. Attorney Driscoll pursues appellate rights in the Massachusetts appellate courts and the Supreme Court of the United States.