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Criminal Appeals

by | Feb 7, 2023 | Criminal Charges, Criminal Defense Lawyer |

Criminal appeals in Florida are a critical aspect of the state’s criminal justice system. An appeal is a legal process in which a higher court reviews the decisions of a lower court to determine if there were any errors or mistakes made during the original trial. The primary goal of criminal appeals is to ensure that the defendant received a fair trial, that the laws were applied correctly, and that the outcome of the case was fair.

Steps To Appeal

The appeal process in Florida begins when the defendant files a notice of appeal with the court. This notice must be filed within 30 days of the sentencing or within 30 days of the court’s decision on a post-conviction motion. The notice of appeal is then followed by a brief that outlines the defendant’s arguments and the reasons why the lower court’s decision should be reversed.

Once the brief has been filed, the appeal moves to the next stage, which is the oral argument. During this stage, both the defendant’s lawyer and the prosecution present their arguments before a panel of appellate judges. The judges then review the brief and the oral arguments and make a decision on the appeal.

Reasons To Appeal

  • Evidence was inappropriately admitted or excluded in the case.
  • The jury instructions were incorrect.
  • There was a lack of evidence to support the verdict. 
  • There was jury misconduct.
  • There was bias in jury selection.
  • The lawyer provided inadequate legal representation.
  • The prosecutor acted unethically or made errors.
  • The judge made mistakes in pretrial rulings or at trial. 
  • Due process violations.

In Florida, criminal appeals can take several months or even years to complete, depending on the complexity of the case and the backlog of the appellate court. During this time, the defendant may remain in custody or be placed on supervised release.

One important aspect of criminal appeals in Florida is that the defendant must raise new issues on appeal. This means that the defendant must present evidence or arguments that were not raised during the original trial. If the defendant fails to do so, the higher court will not consider these issues and the appeal may be dismissed.

Being charged with a crime is not the time to put your future in the hands of a lawyer who doesn’t have the experience to protect you. No matter what situation you find yourself in, trial attorney Russell Spatz has the knowledge and experience to fight for your best interests. 

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