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Understanding the Florida Appeals Process

Convicted? Don’t settle for an unfavorable outcome!

When it comes to the criminal justice system, most people think that a conviction is the end of the road. All that’s left to do is accept the penalties and move on. Fortunately, this is far from the truth. Filing an appeal can give you a second chance at obtaining a satisfactory decision and walking away with dismissed charges. Because there is so much at stake, you need an attorney you can trust to represent you during the appeals process. With more than 70 years of experience, we believe Albaugh Law Firm is more than qualified to defend your rights.

Fill out a free case evaluation form to consult with our St. Augustine criminal appeals attorneys.

What happens when I file an appeal?

Filing a notice of appeal occurs after a ruling has been made. Within your appeal, you must include an appellate record to indicate which materials from the trial court you will be presenting at your appeal. All appeals are handled by an appellate court. It is important to note that these courts only review evidence that has already been presented in your trial – nothing new is discussed.

All of the following may be considered during the appeals process:

  • Whether the jury received faulty instructions
  • Whether any important witnesses were left off the stand
  • The fairness of the evidence presented
  • If the correct law was properly applied

Through a series of arguments presented by both attorneys, the court will make their final decision. If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome, you may be able to file for post-conviction relief. The grounds for this are commonly based on ineffective assistance of counsel from your attorney.

Begin with a St. Augustine criminal appeals lawyer!

Even if you have been convicted of a crime, don’t give into despair. Taking swift action is critical and our firm is prepared to provide you with the assistance you need. We understand the seriousness of your circumstances, which is why we will combine our resources and talent to fight for your future.

As a team of former prosecutors, there is no firm more qualified to handle your case. Call Albaugh Law Firm today for effective representation when you need it most.