The law office at ASG Legal has appellate attorneys with several years of experience in helping clients in Destin, FL, prepare for and appeal a trial court’s ruling. Our decades of expertise mean we know how to handle civil and criminal appeals in not just Okaloosa County, but also in the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida District Courts, and the United States Courts of Appeal for the 11th Circuit.
Whether you are a client or another attorney seeking additional help, our firm is ready to assist you in your appeals preparation. At ASG Legal, we are familiar with each court and their nuances. We understand the rules set down by each appellate court. We have been there many times before. If you are looking for proven results, you have come to the right place. Our team of appeals attorneys has provided excellent service to many clients over the years, all because of our dedication to our clients and attention to detail to help avoid delays and provide the results you want promptly.
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Do I Need a Destin Appeals Lawyer?
If you are thinking of filing an appeal, it is of the utmost importance that you consult with an experienced appellate attorney. Among other things, an experienced Destin Appeals lawyer will let you know if you should proceed with an appeal. Our firm has appellate attorneys who are highly qualified to help you.
Our office handles all manner of civil and criminal appeals cases, including:
- Drug appeals
- Felony convictions
- Business permits and torts
- Tax evasion
- Insurance fraud
- Medical malpractice
- Contract disputes
- Business litigation
- Employment law
- Environmental matters
- Shareholder disputes
- Copyright termination
- Class actions
Every verdict in a trial court can be appealed at a higher level. A criminal appeal is a request for a higher court to review your case at trial. If you believe there was any mistake made at your trial, something that could have affected the outcome, you have the right to appeal that verdict.
For example, if evidence that should have been excluded was entered into evidence by the trial court, you would have a case for appeal. Any time your lawyer was objecting to things said at your trial, he or she was laying the groundwork for a potential appeal in the future. Successful Destin criminal appeals lawyers will be able to take that groundwork and turn it into an appeal that carries a lot of merit in a court of law.
You must be quick when filing an appeal. In Okaloosa County, just like the rest of Florida, there are only 30 days from the date of the final judgment and sentence to file such an appeal.
Our criminal appeals lawyers will be looking for mistakes that were made at the trial level, so, there is a lot of work to be done. Many of the issues presented during the trial must be re-examined. There may have been mistakes made with the exclusion or admission of certain evidence, improper jury instructions, or even an issue with the jury itself.
Our Destin appeals lawyers will review your case, including examining everything in the trial record and transcript. Based on this information, they can advise you of your chances for a successful appeal. There are cases where no such appeal is forthcoming. In such cases, we advise you of any other resolution that may be open to you.
The Appeals Process
The appeals process takes time. It will take at least two months for the Clerk of Court to prepare your trial record, which is a document showing all the filings in your case. This includes everything done from the time you were first arrested and arraigned. This document is the written record of your entire trial, court testimony, and your trial attorney’s arguments. When the appellate brief is filed, it is the State of Florida’s turn to respond with a brief of their own.
Courts of Appeal can take as long as 18 months to reach a decision. If your appeal is successful, you would be granted a new trial. In very rare circumstances, a defendant is released from jail and the case against them dismissed. If you are not successful at the appeals level, you may still file for post-conviction relief.
At ASG Legal, we also take on civil appeals. For anything ranging from bankruptcy, family law, business law, and personal injury, our Destin appellate lawyers are highly qualified to assist you. Searching through Destin civil appeals attorneys can be difficult, and finding the right one is paramount to your success.
We understand the nature of trials and the importance of preparing for an appeal even before your trial is complete. There are many critical parts of a trial that must be looked at, including offering jury instructions, drafting pleadings, and framing legal issues at trial.
Success at the Appeals Level
Our law firm understands that a successful appeal requires astute attention to detail as well as the ability to explain complex issues concisely and effectively, and it is not something that all Destin civil appeals attorneys or Destin criminal appeals lawyers can accomplish. Success at the appeals level lies in documenting all necessary research, clearly stating the argument in writing, preserving issues that have arisen at the trial court level, and presenting the entire appeals argument before the bench in a professional manner. Nothing less will do.
Appellate practice is one of our specialties at ASG Legal. Our Destin FL law firm represents clients in civil and criminal appeals cases and we can practice in the 11thCircuit Court of Appeals.
When an appeal comes from the county, it goes in front of a three-judge panel where these appeal judges review your case for any errors that may have been made, either in law or fact. In Florida, if a criminal appeal is successful, it can result in the overturning of your verdict or in a new trial.
If you need to file an appeal now, our Destin appeals lawyers are prepared to help you at whatever level of the appeals process you find yourself in. We know how to protect your rights and to find options for your future. Our civil and criminal appeals attorneys are here to help you.