Criminal Appeals

The trial process for a suspected criminal is often one filled with uncertainty. The prosecution may have offered you a plea deal in the initial stages of the case, but you were adamant about allowing the jury to rule on your innocence. As the trial played its course, you realized that whether you were innocent or guilty did not matter, but rather your fate depended on what could be proven. To your dismay, the jury found you guilty of all charges and you were sentenced to decades in prison. You may feel as if all hope is lost, but the legal system has avenues in place that allow you to challenge the judicial ruling. By appealing your case, you can have your penalties lessened or even have your criminal conviction reversed, but this is most possible with the help of a criminal appeals lawyer.

The Orlando criminal appeals lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm can help you appeal the unfavorable court decision. Many factors go into a criminal trial, and mistakes often occur during the process that ends up having a drastic effect on the outcome of the case. We are here to bring to light any unjust circumstances that led to your criminal conviction. Speak with an experienced criminal appeals lawyer today if you wish to have your case retried in the court of law.

Grounds for an Appeal

You cannot pursue an appeal simply because the final ruling did not favor you. You must have legitimate considerations for the courts to rule on if you have hopes of having your appeal granted. Although errors may have occurred during the trial process, they do not serve as grounds for an appeal if they did not affect the outcome of the case. Such errors are referred to as harmless errors. Some legitimate concerns that may warrant an appeal include:

  • Bias jury selection
  • Judge errors in pre-trial or trial rulings
  • Prosecution errors
  • Insufficient evidence to support a guilty verdict
  • Improper jury instructions
  • Inadequate representation
  • Improperly excluded or admitted evidence

The average person is often unaware when errors occur during their trial unless they’re informed of them by their attorney. In the instance you suspect something went wrong with your case, but you just can’t put your finger on it, and your attorney is of no help, consult with an Orlando criminal appeals lawyer at The Umansky Law Firm. We can help present your appeal in a manner that favors an approval and serve as your legal representation throughout the process.

Court Rulings on Criminal Appeals

Having your appeal granted isn’t the end all be all. You must then go through appellate court. If they uphold the lower court’s decision, then your case ends unless you choose to appeal to a higher court. If the appeals court dismisses your appeal, the lower court’s decision will also remain. In the instance that the appeals court reverses the judgment, they will usually remand the case (send it back to the lower court) and request that they take further action which can be any of the following:

  • Modification or correction of a trial court’s judgment
  • A new trial
  • Reconsideration of the former decision in light of the appellate decision
  • Consideration of additional evidence
  • Reconsideration of presented facts

The Orlando criminal appeals lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm are here to fight for you. Having an appeal granted is no simple task but possible when you have the right legal professionals in your corner. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.