When defendants set out to argue their criminal cases in a Jacksonville courtroom, they typically do so with the ultimate goal of gaining an acquittal and/or an exoneration. However, somewhere along the pathway to completing this process, that goal may shift to earning the most favorable outcome that is possible. To do that, one may have to give some serious thought to plea bargaining. Such agreements are much more common in the American criminal justice system than most may think. According to information shared by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, of the 48,939 criminal offense cases heard in America's largest 75 counties in 2009, 53 percent of felony cases ended in pleas.
For many of those convicted of criminal charges in Jacksonville, their convictions do not signal the end of their legal proceedings. Rather, they simply represent a small step in what can be a much larger process. Many may view appeals cases to simply be a way for offenders to abuse loopholes in the legal system, and thus a waste of resources. However, in cases were a defendant has not had his or her rights respected (or has been wrongfully convicted), the appeals process offers relief from such injustices.
A criminal conviction for any sort of offense in Jacksonville need not signal the end of your legal battle. If you were wrongly convicted and want the chance to prove that, the appellate process is there for you to take advantage of. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as saying that you would like to appeal your conviction. A fair amount of research should go into investigating the appeals process from a comprehensive prospective so that you know what to expect and each step.