State Appeals

Appealing Your Case In Florida Courts

If you believe a Florida state court made a mistake during your trial that had a significant, adverse effect on the outcome, you can file an appeal after sentencing. You have 30 days after conviction to file a notice of appeal.

You may appeal the decision, verdict or sentence for conviction of any type of criminal charge. It is important to have the right lawyer working on your appeal, however. Appeals and post-conviction motions are complex proceedings that differ from trial law. You need an attorney experienced in appellate work. Contact the state appeals lawyers at O'Brien Hatfield, PA, for experienced appellate representation.

Introduction To State Appeals And Post-Conviction Motions

State appeals and/or state post-conviction motions can include direct appeals, habeas corpus petitions, ineffective assistance of counsel motions and 3.850 motions to set aside a sentence.

A direct appeal requests that an appellate court examine the record of your trial for legal errors that affected the verdict or sentence. The types of errors that the appellate court may consider include improperly admitted or excluded evidence, errors in the pretrial or trial rulings by the judge or issues of bias during jury selection.

If your direct appeals have been denied, you can file a writ of habeas corpus. This writ asserts that the defendant's rights have been violated by imprisonment. A habeas corpus petition can be filed in state or federal court, but all state post-conviction options must be attempted before you can file in federal court.

Contact A Florida State Appeals Lawyer

There are strict statutes of limitations for filing appeals, post-conviction motions and writs in Florida. For a free initial consultation, please call our Tampa office at 813-228-6989 or contact us online today.