Criminal Appeals endeavors to uphold criminal convictions and sentences obtained by the State’s prosecuting attorneys. The section represents the State in all felony appeals and felony post-conviction appeals, and in cases where sexually violent predators have been committed to the Department of Mental Health for care and treatment. The section also handles a small number of driver’s license revocation appeals. Attorneys appear regularly in Missouri’s appellate courts, and in recent years they have handled more than 700 appeals each year.
The work of the Criminal Appeals section benefits Missouri citizens in more ways than one. In striving to uphold lawfully obtained convictions, the section works to protect Missourians from violent and dangerous offenders. In seeking to uphold the law, the section works to preserve the constitutional rights of all Missouri citizens, including those accused of crimes. The mission of Criminal Appeals is not merely to uphold every conviction, but to ensure that criminal convictions can ultimately be viewed with confidence. To that end, attorneys approach each case with an eye toward ensuring both that justice has been done and that the rights of the accused have been adequately protected.
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