Can I appeal my conviction?
If you have been wrongfully convicted of a crime or have received a sentence that you believe to be excessively harsh, you may be able to correct the situation by retaining a St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyer to help you file an appeal. At Taracks & Associates, our team includes a former prosecutor, and we have over 25 years of experience fighting for the rights of the accused. Contact our firm today for a free consultation to discuss the situation and assess your chances of a successful appeal.
Appealing Criminal Convictions in St. Petersburg
Filing an appeal in the wake of a conviction is sometimes necessary to ensure a proper carriage of justice for the defendant. While everyone in our country has a right to a fair trial and is legally presumed innocent until proven guilty, countless innocent people are convicted of crimes every year due to law enforcement mistakes, the judge's errors, and even malicious prosecution. Even those who are guilty of the crime are frequently sentenced to receive punishments that are far out of proportion to the seriousness of the offense.
Appellate law is a complex subject, and you should only attempt this course of action with a criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience with matters such as preparing a brief and arguing the case in the court of appeals. The judge will review the original evidence-but not any new evidence-and the procedure of the trial, looking for errors that may have prejudiced the outcome against you, and may overturn the conviction or order a new trial.