Todd and Julie Chrisley’s Lawyer Discusses Their Appeal and the Moment That ‘Should’ve Stopped the Whole Case’

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – NOVEMBER 20: Julie Chrisley (L) and Todd Chrisley attend the grand opening of E3 Chophouse Nashville on November 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Danielle Del Valle/Getty Images for E3 Chophouse Nashville)

Danielle Del Valle/Getty for E3 Chophouse Nashville

Todd and Julie Chrisley‘s lawyer is speaking out after his clients began their prison sentences on Tuesday.

Alex Little of Burr & Forman LLP — the attorney for Todd, 53, and Julie, 50 — opened up about the alleged missteps by federal prosecutors that may help the Chrisley Knows Best stars in appealing their convictions.

“The very beginning of this case there was an unconstitutional search by the Georgia Department of Revenue,” Little claimed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “This court’s already found that was unconstitutional and it should’ve stopped the whole case in its tracks. That didn’t happen. And that’s certainly one of the things we’re pursuing on the appeal.”

'width' : 300, 'params' : {} }; document.write('');

“The second piece is, one of the IRS officers testified about whether the Chrisleys had paid certain taxes,” he continued. “That certainly, we think, affected the jury and we believe it will be basis for a new trial.”

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: TV personalities Todd Chrisley (L) and Julie Chrisley attend the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at Toshiba Plaza on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/ACMA2017/Getty Images for ACM)

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 02: TV personalities Todd Chrisley (L) and Julie Chrisley attend the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at Toshiba Plaza on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/ACMA2017/Getty Images for ACM)

'height' : 90, 'width' : 728, 'params' : {} }; document.write('');

Kevin Mazur/ACMA2017/Getty

RELATED: Todd and Julie Chrisley Report to Prison to Serve Out Sentences for Fraud and Tax Evasion Convictions

Little also addressed the decision to pursue an appeal in an effort to get justice for his clients.

“There are different players in each step in a criminal prosecution,” Little told ET. “You’ve got the prosecutor who brings a case. You’ve got the jury and the judge that try the case, then you’ve got the appeals court. Its purpose is to review what that court — the prior court — has done.”

He continued, “Those are different people, and you can believe that you are sort of harmed at the lower levels and can be hopeful that [the appeals court] will stop when you move on along the appeal.”

The attorney maintained that his clients want to prove their innocence and show “they are the same people they’ve always been.”

“That they didn’t do these things and that they’re going to fight to get their name cleared,” he added.

Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley

Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley

Dennis Leupold/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty

Little defended the reality stars over claims they did not show remorse amid the legal proceedings.

“It’s certainly true that courts want to hear defendants accept responsibility,” explained. “But it’s also hard to accept responsibility when you haven’t done what you’re accused of doing.”

“It’s a difficulty any innocent person faces when they are convicted and sentenced,” he continued. “I’ve had people who have been found not guilty of murder a decade later and that whole time some court believed they weren’t showing remorse when they were actually innocent. So, it’s always a dilemma for anybody who’s wrongfully convicted.”

RELATED: Todd Chrisley Admits Prison ‘May Be My Future for a Minute’ but Has ‘Faith’ He and Julie Will Get Justice

On Tuesday, Todd checked into the Federal Prison Camp Pensacola to begin his 12-year prison sentence, while Julie reported to the Federal Correctional Institution and Federal Prison Camp Marianna to serve out her seven-year sentence.

The Chrisleys were sentenced in November after a jury convicted the couple in June of a multimillion dollar bank fraud and tax evasion scheme. Both Todd and Julie have also been ordered to serve an additional 16 months of probation following release from prison.

RELATED VIDEO: Chase Chrisley Affirms ‘God Is with Us’ as Parents Julie and Todd Spend First Day in Prison

Following the sentencing, Little said the family was “optimistic” for the future as they planned to appeal the convictions in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

“Yesterday was a difficult day for the Chrisley family. But Todd and Julie are people of faith, and that faith gives them strength as they appeal their convictions,” Little said. “Their trial was marred by serious and repeated errors, including the government lying to jurors about what taxes the couple paid. Based on these issues, we are optimistic about the road ahead.”

RELATED: Lindsie Chrisley’s Attorney Breaks Down Todd and Julie’s New Appeal Process amid Upcoming Prison Stints

Their daughter Lindsie Chrisley‘s attorney Musa Ghanayem told PEOPLE in December what could potentially happen for Todd and Julie during their appeal process.

The legal process would be if a new trial was ordered, they’d have to go through the whole process again,” he said. “If there was an issue that was incorrect, it can be sent back down to be correct[ed]. Typically, the appellate panel will make a decision, make a ruling, and sometimes send it back down to enforce that ruling.”

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE’s free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.

PEOPLE has reached out to Little for additional comment on the Chrisleys’ appeal.

Leave a Comment