Gloria L. Smith
I started as a criminal defense attorney in 1993. My mission has always been to help people that are in trouble. I have great success as a trial attorney defending people indicted on serious felony offenses. I started working in appeals in 2005 because I believed it would help me to be an even better trial lawyer, and I have good success with my appellate work as well. Since I am licensed in Ohio, the United States Southern District of Ohio, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court, my focus is post-conviction matters, beginning with jurisdictional appeals to the Ohio Supreme Court. The Ohio Supreme Court can accept or reject appeals. The benefit of appealing to the Ohio Supreme Court is that it exhausts your state remedies, which may allow for habeas claims under 28 USC Section 2254 in federal court. It's important for state prisoners to move their case forward, and to not give up when a conviction is affirmed on appeal. Even if the Ohio Supreme Court does not accept an appeal, it gives you a chance to fight your case in federal court as long as your case meets certain criteria. I am available for a free consultation.