WEST PALM BEACH CRIMINAL APPEALS LAWYERS
If you were convicted of a crime, then it might feel like your life is over—especially if you received a prison sentence. But there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.Just because you were convicted and even sentenced for a crime doesn’t necessarily mean game over. Depending on the nature of your conviction and your plea, you may have grounds to file an appeal with the Court of Appeal.However, while you may have the option to appeal a criminal conviction, this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s an easy process. You will need the expertise and experience of a criminal defense attorney to assist you. The Law Office of Farkas & Crowley has the necessary experience to help you with your criminal appeal in Florida.
THE CRIMINAL APPEALS PROCESS IN FLORIDAThe criminal appeals process can be lengthy and complex. Individuals who want to proceed with an appeal might have to be patient as filing an appeal with the Court can take some time, depending on the number of appeals and caseload.In 2013, approximately 76 percent of all criminal appeals fall into the following top four categories:
- Drug offenses
- Firearms and explosives
HOW IS THE FLORIDA COURT STRUCTURED?If you have never been involved in any type of legal or criminal proceeding in Florida, then you might be surprised to learn about the various courts in the State of Florida. If you are filing an appeal, where does your appeal go?Here is a break down of the Florida courts, and the types of cases and claims that are heard at each:
- County Courts: Small claims, civil claims, traffic court, and misdemeanors
- Circuit Courts: Family law and probate, felonies, larger civil cases (worth over $15,000), guardianship, juvenile delinquency, any appeals from County Courts
- District Court of Appeals: Final actions of state agencies
- Supreme Court: Constitutional questions, capital cases, bond validations, and public utility cases
DOES YOUR CASE QUALIFY FOR AN APPEAL?So how do you know if your own case qualifies for an appeal? First and foremost, your eligibility for an appeal depends on your plea during your initial trial. For example, if you plead “guilty” to criminal charges, and was sentenced accordingly, then the likelihood of being granted an appeal is much lower.In order to determine if your case really does qualify for an appeal, it’s best to discuss your situation with an experienced criminal defense attorney who is also experienced in criminal appeals. A good criminal defense attorney will take the time to review your case, your records and evidence, and discuss the next steps.For more information on appealing a conviction, contact the Law Office of Farkas & Crowley, P.A. for a free case evaluation and consultation or call 561-444-9LAW today.
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