As noted above, criminal appeals typically appeal the conviction, sentence, or both. This means that a person convicted of a sentence may ask the appeal court to review that verdict of guilt and/or the sentence imposed upon the offender.
If the person is appealing the conviction or verdict, the appeal court may assess a number of grounds that may be raised; however, they will almost exclusively limit themselves to the issues raised on appeal. It is therefore fundamentally important that in filing the appeal, the issues, which have the most merit, are set out clearly. Any issues that are not clearly set out are presumptively not being heard on appeal unless the contrary is shown.
An experienced appellate lawyer is very important in assisting what the appeal issues are and the merits to each of the grounds. Grounds of appeal are typically dealt with in one of two ways: 1) questions of law, or 2) questions of fact