West Palm Beach Appeals / Post-Conviction Lawyer
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. Our West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers at Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A. 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.
Call (561) 349-4856 to schedule a free initial consultation with our West Palm Beach criminal defense attorneys.
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. Our legal team 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 Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A. Handles
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
More Information On Appeals
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, criminal defense attorneys will help 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.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you. We are ready to put our skills on your side.