An appeal by a competent criminal defense attorney can sometimes overturn or reverse a wrongful conviction or unlawful sentencing. Criminal appeals in Appellate courts are significantly different proceedings than criminal cases in the trial courts. Appeals must be based upon facts of the court record, the law and prior appellate decisions from the appellate courts locally to the United States Supreme Court so you just can’t appeal a decision that you did not like. Appeals follow prior legal precedence and newly enacted changes in the law.
Florida’s District Courts of Appeal review significant questions such as did the trial court make an error? Did the Attorney for the defendant do a competent job representing the defendant? While the trial courts decide questions of law and fact based on witness testimony and evidence, District Courts of Appeal have limited review of cases. Appellate courts generally do not review new evidence or hear witnesses unless the witnesses could not have been discovered through the normal discovery process. The Appellate court follows what has been recorded in the court record in the trial court.
Reversing a conviction because a trial court made one or more of the above errors does not necessarily mean that a conviction can be reversed. A reversal of a conviction may only occur should the facts closely match prior appellate case law precedence in the appellate courts to the Supreme Courts both State and Federal.
A new trial may be granted could in fact be granted by the original trial court if it is shown that that is highly likely the conviction might be reversed by an appellate court.
Filing an appeal after a conviction in criminal court requires extensive legal knowledge and is best left to an experienced criminal lawyer in the State of Florida.
The Law Offices of Darren D. Shull, P.A. provides experienced representation in criminal appeals cases. As an experienced criminal lawyer in Northern Palm Beach County, including Tequesta, Jupiter, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and the Treasure Coast, attorney Darren Shull will explore all of your legal options, including appeals, by exploring unconstitutional procedures or practices contrary to case law by the local trial court. To schedule a legal consultation call 561-972-6444. The Law Offices of Darren D. Shull, P.A. serves the residents of Tequesta, Jupiter, Abacoa, Jupiter Farms, Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach, West Palm Beach, and North Palm Beach.