Should You Appeal Your Criminal Conviction?

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If you have been convicted or have pled no contest to criminal charges, your case is not over. Sheppard, White, Kachergus & DeMaggio, P.A., will explore all possible grounds to challenge your conviction on appeal.

The members of our firm are experienced trial attorneys, so we can spot legal issues that will likely be of concern to the appellate court. Our collective experience, expertise and legal research are focused on striving to obtain a reversal of your conviction.

What Is A Criminal Appeal?

An appeal is not a trial. In a criminal appeal it is argued that, because of what occurred during the pretrial or trial proceedings, a criminal conviction should be reversed and the case should be returned to the trial court.

One of the most common areas for appellate litigation arises when the trial court allows evidence that violates a person's Fourth Amendment right to be free from unlawful search and seizure. If the jury heard inadmissible evidence, any conviction that resulted should be reversed on appeal.

Other common appellate issues in criminal cases are: improper jury instructions; exclusion of evidence favorable to the defendant at trial; and the prosecution's failure to furnish evidence to the defendant that was favorable to him or her.

Our Legal Research Supports You

We review all appellate opinions decided by the state and federal courts within Florida and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as out-of-jurisdiction opinions, so we are able to discover and litigate cutting-edge legal issues. We use that knowledge to defend our clients.

When you hire us, be assured that every legal research tool available will be utilized. From Westlaw to weekly "advance sheets" published as appellate opinions are issued, our appellate team is on top of any legal issue that might lead to a reversal of your conviction.

How To Contact Us

Our lawyers practice criminal defense in Jacksonville, Florida, and beyond. We have nearly 400 reported appellate published opinions that span 40 years. Put our experience to work for you. Call us at 904-701-0589 or contact us online. Our after hours number is 904-727-7191.