An appeal is a review by at least three judges to see if the trial judge made the correct decision and to see if the trial was fair. The best thing that can normally happen on appeal is that the court of appeals finds the person not guilty in a criminal case or orders that the plaintiff get money even though the judge at the trial did not give the plaintiff any money.
Appeals take about 11 months. They are based mostly on the court reporter’s record of what the witnesses said and the documents filed with the clerk. The lawyer has to write a written explanation of why the state did not prove its case or why then trial was not fair.
Appeals cost $5,000 for a misdemeanor appeal to 100,000 for a capital murder appeal.