South Florida Appeals / Post-Conviction Attorneys
A criminal conviction is no doubt devastating, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the story. A post-conviction appeal may be available to you or your loved one, depending on the circumstances. In South Florida, post-conviction appeal lawyers can help gain an opportunity for another trial after a guilty verdict. If you believe that you or a loved one may qualify for a post-conviction appeal, it is important to begin the appeal process right away.
The Florida State Attorney General’s Office is responsible for representing the State in over 10,000 felony criminal appeals each year.
After conviction in state court, your appeal will be filed with the Florida District Court of Appeals. If the deadline to file is missed, an appeal will not be possible.
In South Florida, including the cities of Boca Raton, Jupiter, Wellington and West Palm Beach, post-conviction appeal attorneys will protect your legal rights after conviction. They will advise the convicted of the options available for appeal, prepare the appeal and work hard to get the best possible results.
Special rules for appeals
Certain conditions must be present to allow for a post-conviction appeal. You may be able to file an appeal after conviction due to:
- Mistakes in procedure made by the judge or prosecutor
- Mistakes regarding evidence that the judge, prosecution or police made during the investigation and trial
- Mistakes made by the judge in interpreting the law
In a direct appeal, the court can only look at what happened during the trial. The court checks how the law was decided in your case. South Florida conviction appeal attorneys will look at the facts of your case to help you make a strong appeal to the court. New evidence may be allowed if attorneys can show that the trial would have had a different outcome as a direct result of that evidence.
Types of appeal motions
A post-conviction motion needs to be filed with the trial court and will be heard by the trial judge for your case. In Palm Beach County during 2008-2009, there were 891 post-conviction relief motions made.
Post-conviction motions can be made for:
- Issues regarding new evidence
- Ineffective assistance of counsel
- An improper sentence
An appeal is a time-consuming process, and while under consideration, the person convicted will be required to start serving the sentence given. In South Florida, conviction appeal attorneys are available to offer their expertise to help you or a loved one rally for another chance at defense.
The attorneys of Perlet & Shiner, P.A. represent post-conviction appeals clients in all of South Florida, including Jupiter, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Wellington and other cities.
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