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What is a Criminal Appeal?

In most jurisdictions, if you have been convicted of a criminal charge, by a jury or a judge, you have the right to appeal that finding. During the criminal appeal process, you cannot bring in additional evidence. A criminal appeal is when you ask a high or Appellate court to review the lower court’s finding during the initial trial. For example, the lower trial or trial court error by admitting evidence that they shouldn’t have. Did the lower court error in addressing the jury in giving inappropriate jury instructions or did lower court make an error by not granting a judgment of acquittal?  With the criminal appeals, you’re asking an Appellate court to make a decision that the lower court that presided over you trial, made a mistake.  If the high court, or Appellate court, grants the appeal, they can do two things:

  1. The court can grant you a new trial
  2. They make a finding that you should have you case dismissed

In the criminal process, it is important to use all your appellate remedies. If you wait after a particular time, which varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, you may waive you right to appeal. Make sure you contact a criminal appellate lawyer in your jurisdiction, to get the appropriate advice in your case. 

Call (877) 728-9653 or complete an online contact form to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with a leading Tampa criminal appeals attorney. 


Schedule a free consultation to learn more about the criminal appeals process.

The Tampa criminal defense attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., fighting for our clients rights in criminal defense cases in ClearwaterTampaBradentonSpring Hill, Pinellas, Pasco, New Port Richey, Manatee, Hillsborough and Hernando Counties in Florida. 

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J. Kevin Hayslett

Kevin Hayslett, Esq.

J. Kevin Hayslett,The Attorney to the Stars,is a highly-recognized attorney practicing in the areas of Criminal Defense and DUI Defense from the Clearwater office and Hillsborough office. Kevin is an avid tennis player and is currently nationally-rated in singles and doubles. 

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