When Can I Appeal A Criminal Conviction In Florida?
After being convicted of a crime in Florida, you may wonder if there is any recourse available to challenge the decision. Understanding the circumstances under which you can appeal a criminal conviction is crucial. HAWM Law in Orlando, Florida, specializes in criminal defense and can guide you through the complex process. It is our mission to provide quality legal representation when it matters most — when you are facing criminal charges.
Grounds for Appeal
To appeal a criminal conviction in Florida, you must have valid grounds for doing so. Common grounds for appeal include errors made during the trial, such as legal mistakes by the judge or misconduct by the prosecutor. Other grounds may involve the introduction of improper evidence, ineffective assistance of counsel, or the discovery of new evidence that could impact the outcome of the case. At HAWM Law, we can review your case to determine if there are legitimate grounds for appeal based on the specific circumstances of your conviction.
Filing the Notice of Appeal
In Florida, the first step in the appellate process is filing a Notice of Appeal. This document notifies the court that you intend to appeal your conviction. It is crucial to file the Notice of Appeal within the designated time frame, typically within a specified number of days after the sentencing or entry of the final judgment. Failure to meet the filing deadline may result in the forfeiture of your right to appeal. HAWM Law can ensure that all necessary paperwork is filed accurately and within the required timeframe.
Appellate Briefs and Arguments
Once the Notice of Appeal is filed, your attorney will prepare appellate briefs. These written documents present legal arguments supporting your appeal. The appellant’s brief outlines the reasons why the conviction should be overturned, while the appellee’s brief presents arguments supporting the original conviction. Appellate courts may also schedule oral arguments, during which your attorney can present their case in person. HAWM Law has the experience and expertise to draft persuasive briefs and deliver compelling oral arguments on your behalf.