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After a trial has concluded, a party who is dissatisfied with the outcome may have grounds to file an appeal. This simply means that the case may be eligible for review by a higher court to look for mistakes of law that occurred at the trial level. However, appeals do not only apply to trials. Appellate attorneys may file an appeal for an illegal sentence, a motion against them, or an interlocutory appeal.

In Florida, there are three standards of appellate review for trial court litigation. They are:

1. Abuse of Discretion: this is applied to discretionary rulings made by the trial judge
2. Rational Basis: this is used to review a jury verdict; Clearly Erroneous: this is used to review a trial judge’s fact findings
3. De Novo: this is used to review rulings on questions of law

Appellate courts do not retry cases or hear new evidence. Instead, appellate courts review what occurred in the trial court to see if the proper procedures were followed and the proper law was applied. Because of the limited nature of appellate review, the issues properly raised on appeal can be significantly different from those that are raised at trial.

How we can support you during your appeal

Appeals are heard by a panel of judges and depend for their success on writing expertise in framing the right issues; reference to pertinent laws, parallel case rulings and precedents, along with detailed analysis of legal errors or insufficient evidence to support verdicts. Our lawyers have extensive experience in appellate proceedings and will work diligently to ensure that all relevant facts and issues are brought to bear for your best interest during the course of your appeal.

Contact an Appeals Attorney Today

If you have been convicted of a crime in Florida, it is important to seek an Appellate Attorney immediately. Contact Miami Criminal Defense Attorney Adam K. Goodman to learn about your options during a free consultation. As a Hialeah Criminal Defense Attorney, Adam K. Goodman will aggressively fight for you and defend your constitutional rights. Adam K. Goodman maintains the ideal that relationships matter, which has earned him respect amongst prosecutors and judiciary. This leads to results for you, the client.  

As a former Miami prosecutor and Chief of Litigation, Adam K. Goodman has the experience and knowledge to defend your case. Contact The Law Office of Adam K. Goodman at (305) 482-3265 or (954) 695-5126 today for all of your Broward County, Palm Beach, Monroe, or Miami Criminal Defense needs.