Appellate Lawyer Jacksonville
When a trial ends, the legal process is not completely over. There are often grounds for appeal and your case may be eligible for appeal.
The appellate process requires an attorney with familiarity and knowledge of the process. It's crucial to hire a highly skilled appellate attorney to handle your case.
If you want to have your case appealed, you need a well-qualified Jacksonville appeals attorney on your side. At Tassone, Dreicer & Hill, we provide a legal team with decades of experience with appellate advocacy. Our appeals attorneys know how to navigate the process and ensure your appeal has the best possible opportunity in appellate court. Call our law offices today and find out how we can help with your appeal.
At Tassone, Dreicer & Hill, we provide decades of experience taking cases to the appellate courts. Our legal team has experience at both the state and federal levels with appeals and we have won several appeals argued and/or briefed in:
- The Supreme Court of the United States
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit
- The Supreme, District and Circuit Courts of Florida
Read more about State/Federal Courts Appeals.
What is an Appeal?
An appeal arises when a case has already been decided by a trial court. The appeal may be filed if a defendant or plaintiff doesn't believe the decision was fair or constitutional. A request can be made to have a higher court review the case for errors, which is often called the court of appeal. This court will look at the case and how it was handled to decide if the verdict should be overturned or upheld.
Cases within criminal law, probate, real estate law, family law, civil law and many others can be appealed after trial.
How Long Will an Appeal Take?
It is common for an appeal to take about 18 months from the date of filing to receiving a decision from the court. Some cases will move a bit faster, depending on the issues and the location of the case. With a skilled Jacksonville appellate attorney on your side, the appeal may move along faster.
Another option in civil cases is to go through appellate mediation. This is an option when you disagree with the verdict and feel your case is very strong to have the judgment overturned.
An appeals lawyer in Jacksonville will help you during the mediation process to ensure your rights are protected. Appellate mediation has the ability to reduce the chances of losing an appeal in court and can help to keep the costs of an extensive appellate litigation to a minimum.
The Process for an Appeal
When your case enters into the appeal stages, it will move through several steps before a final verdict will be issued. The process of appeal includes:
- Determining whether the case is eligible for appeal or not
- Collecting any necessary documents and records filed in trial court
- Filing a notice of appeal
- Deciding if an appeal bond is necessary to delay the execution of a sentence
- Writing of briefs and filing of a memorandum by the appellant team
- Appellee will be given a chance to respond and file a counter-memorandum
- Oral arguments (in some cases)
- Decision from the higher court
- Potential filing of a motion for rehearing
- Final mandate from the Court
Not all cases will be eligible for appeal. If your case is eligible, you will need a skilled Jacksonville appeals attorney to help you navigate the process. Call The Law Offices of Tassone, Dreicer & Hill today to get the appeals process started.
After going to trial and receiving a verdict, you have 30 days to decide to file a direct appeal. This type of appeal requires that you have grounds for an appeal and you will need a skilled appeals attorney in Jacksonville to represent you in this case.
A direct appeal offers the opportunity to have the case taken directly to a higher court. It's an appeals court with a three-judge court with the ability to deny or grant an injunction to have your case moved directly to a higher court.
The state of Florida allows you to file a direct appeal with the district court of appeal. This type of appeal is typically only used when someone is convicted of a crime and pleads not guilty.
Understanding the Importance of Briefs
When you want to appeal your case, the briefs will become the core of the appeal. These documents outline any errors made during the court case and help to provide proof that the case needs to be appealed. Since the appellate court will not admit new evidence or call witnesses, the briefs are the most important part of the appeal. The court will use the briefs to determine whether the lower court violated any laws when issuing the verdict.
When you decide you want to appeal the decision in your court case, you need a skilled lawyer on your side. At Tassone, Dreicer & Hill, we offer appellate attorneys in Jacksonville with decades of experiences. Our legal team will work hard to ensure your case has every possible opportunity when going to a higher court of appeal.
We offer the following services:
- Prepare trial court briefs
- Research and write petitions seeking discretionary review from the Supreme Court of the United States and the Supreme Court of Florida
- Research and write petitions for mandamus to be filed in appellate courts
- Present oral arguments to appellate courts
- Direct Appeals
- Past conviction motions
- Interlocutory appeals
Along with providing these appeals services, our attorneys have extensive experience with oral arguments and understand how to properly answer judges' questions with persuasive answers.
The process of appealing your case can be a long and expensive process. At Tassone, Dreicer & Hill; we do our best to ensure you get the desired outcome as quickly as possible and at a fair price.
Call our law offices today and find out if your case is eligible for an appeal. 904-396-3344