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Criminal Appeals

A criminal appeal defense is one that follows a criminal conviction in a lower trial court. If you are convicted of a serious crime, you may want to file a criminal appeal promptly after you hear your verdict. At Halscott Megaro PA, we can review your case to establish whether you have grounds to file an appeal for your criminal or civil case, such as if an error directly impacted the verdict.

In any criminal appeal defense, the point is to prove that the trial court made an error. In appellate courts, judges will not look at additional evidence or listen to witnesses. Instead, they are primarily concerned with how the lower civil or criminal court handled your case.

Criminal Appeals

If you choose to appeal your case, we will conduct a full analysis of the proceedings that occurred from the time that you were charged with your offense. We will look into the trial and plea stages and evaluate the way that the court handled sentencing. If we notice that the court did something illegal or something contrary to policy of criminal law, we will highlight this in our briefs. When we present our brief to the appellate court, the court will look over the brief and make an informed decision as to whether or not your verdict should be amended.

A successful appeals process is valuable in:

  • Proving your innocence
  • Reducing your sentence or revise a sentence that is unfair
  • Correcting the courts
  • Proving evidence was inadmissible but used anyway

Examples of Trial Court Errors

It is impossible to anticipate the errors that may have been involved in your case, as there are a wide variety of different blunders you may encounter. We are familiar with how to identify and present these errors to appellate courts.

Common trial errors include:

  • The sentence violates Florida laws and exceeds the statutory maximum
  • Your attorney filed a motion to suppress evidence that was seized illegally, but the trial court denied the motion
  • The judge issued a search warrant to seize evidence without probable cause to do so
  • The judge permitted the state to introduce evidence during your trial that violated the Florida Rules of Evidence
  • The trial court instructed the jury on the applicable law in a dishonest or erroneous way
  • The evidence was insufficient to sustain a conviction for a particular crime
  • The verdict was against the weight of the evidence
Examples of Trial Court Errors
The Information presented at this site should not be construed as formal legal advice, nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship.
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