Petitions for Writ
A petition for writ is an appeal of a court order filed while the case is pending before the trial court. By filing a petition for writ, the client is asking for immediate review by the Court of Appeal of a trial court ruling. This type of motion is based upon the record and orders or rulings of the trial court. It is similar to an appeal, but is not filed after conviction, rather while the case is still pending before the trial court.
Our office has filed several petitions for writ in the Court of Appeal. Often a petition for writ is accompanied by a request to stay the proceedings while the issue is decided. We have filed petitions for writ primarily related to discovery issues or search and seizure issues. In this type of situation, we are asking the Court of Appeal to order the trial court to take a specific action, under the theory that failure to do so will prejudice our client going forward.
Petitions for writ can be filed on a wide variety of issues. If you are facing criminal charges in a complex criminal law matter, please contact our office today for a free consultation regarding your criminal law matter.