Florida Criminal Appeals

Criminal Appeal Lawyers in Florida

When an unfavorable legal decision is made regarding your Florida state criminal case, you have the right to have that decision reconsidered by a higher court. This process is called a Florida state criminal appeal.

You have a limited period of time to file a notice of appeal after being convicted of a Florida state felony or misdemeanor crime or your Florida state postconviction proceeding is denied. The notice informs the higher court that you intend to pursue a review of the criminal proceeding.

A panel of three judges at one of Florida’s five district courts of appeal or twenty county circuit courts will be assigned to review your lower court proceeding for legal errors. If the higher court determines a legal error occurred, it could result in you being acquitted of the criminal charges, receiving a new trial, getting a lesser sentence, or being granted other relief.

Some common legal errors that could apply to your case include the improper exclusion of evidence, incorrect jury instructions, lack of sufficient evidence to support a finding of guilt, sentencing errors, false arrest, juror misconduct, prosecutorial misconduct and the improper denial of postconviction relief.

Not every Florida state criminal appeal is the same. For you to bring forward an effective state criminal appeal, it is important for your appellate criminal attorney to know the Florida rules of criminal and appellate procedure and criminal statutes and case law.

At McLain Law, we are dedicated to putting forward effective state criminal appeals by being familiar with the law, utilizing legal research, and remaining up to date on the newest decisions released by the very courts that will be deciding your case.

Contact us today at 407-792-3930

Contact McLain Law about your Florida state criminal appeal today. We are dedicated to seeing that the next decision made in your case is the right one.

Matthew McLain is licensed to practice before the:

First District Court of Appeal

Second District Court of Appeal

Third District Court of Appeal

Fourth District Court of Appeal

Fifth District Court of Appeal

County Circuit Courts:

  • Alachua
  • Baker
  • Bay
  • Bradford
  • Calhoun
  • Clay
  • Columbia
  • Dixie
  • Duval
  • Escambia
  • Franklin
  • Gadsden
  • Gilchrist
  • Gulf
  • Hamilton
  • Holmes
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lafayette
  • Leon
  • Levy
  • Liberty
  • Madison
  • Nassau
  • Okaloosa
  • Santa
  • Rosa
  • Suwannee
  • Taylor
  • Union
  • Wakulla
  • Walton
  • Washington

County Circuit Courts:

  • Charlotte
  • Collier
  • DeSoto
  • Glades
  • Hardee
  • Hendry
  • Highlands
  • Hillsborough
  • Lee
  • Manatee
  • Pasco
  • Pinellas
  • Polk
  • Sarasota

County Circuit Courts:

  • Dade
  • Monroe

County Circuit Courts:

  • Broward
  • Indian River
  • Okeechobee
  • Palm Beach
  • St. Lucie
  • Martin

County Circuit Courts:

  • Brevard
  • Citrus
  • Flagler
  • Hernando
  • Lake
  • Marion
  • Orange
  • Osceola
  • Putnam
  • Seminole
  • St. Johns
  • Sumter
  • Volusia

Florida Supreme Court

The highest appellate court in Florida is the Florida Supreme Court. The Florida Supreme Court is composed of seven Justices. For non-death penalty appeals, the Florida Supreme Court has the power to review:

  • Any decision of a district court of appeal that expressly declares valid a state statute.
  • Construes a provision of the state or federal constitution.
  • Affects a class of constitutional or state officers.
  • Directly conflicts with a decision of another district court or of the Supreme Court on the same question of law
  • Certified as great public importance.
  • Certified direct conflict.
  • Certified judgment of trial courts.
  • Certified question from federal courts.

McLain Law is ready to advocate for you. Contact us now.

Contact us now at 407-792-3930