After a person has been convicted of a crime, appealed that conviction, and been denied relief by the appellate courts, the next step in challenging their conviction is to file a petition for post-conviction relief (PCR petition) in state court. The petition must claim that the person has been denied some constitutional right and was convicted as a result of that denial.
The principle at the root of a post-conviction relief case is fundamental to a democratic society: that a person should not be imprisoned due to a denial of a constitutional right. At Levi Merrithew Horst PC, we will make sure that this principle is honored. We will honor this principle by fully investigating the nature of the underlying conviction, breifing the issues in court, and presenting evidence supporting the claims. If necessary, we will continue to fight for this principle back through the state appellate courts and into the federal courts in the form of a habeas corpus petition.