A petition for post-conviction relief is a collateral attack challenging a conviction based on matters not in the trial record. These matters might relate to newly discovered evidence or ineffective assistance of counsel and usually require investigation. In general, a petition for post-conviction relief must be filed within 365 days of the filing of the transcript or the date the Notice of Appeal should have been filed.
Ohio Revised Code
Post-conviction relief is governed by R.C. 2953.21, 2953.22, and 2953.23. Generally, a defendant can challenge a conviction in a post-conviction petition where there “was such a denial or infringement of the person’s rights as to render the judgment void or voidable under the Ohio Constitution or the Constitution of the United States…” O.R.C. 2923.21(A)(1)(a). This is a general standard and challenges to convictions based on newly discovered evidence, witness recantations, and ineffective assistance of counsel have been brought under these sections. Post-conviction can also be filed to claim “actual innocence” based on DNA testing.
Appeal of Post-Conviction Matters
If a trial court denies a petition for post-conviction relief, a defendant can appeal the denial to the court of appeals. The process then proceeds like a direct appeal.
A direct appeal challenges a conviction based on errors at trial. A Post-Conviction Petition challenges a conviction because critical evidence was not in the record at trial. If the trial court denies boned, a Motion can be filed with the Court of Appeals.
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