Appeals

Post-Conviction and Appeals in State and Federal Courts

If you or someone you love has been convicted of a criminal offense in the United States it is not the end of the road. There may still be appellate options available for those who have already been convicted or sentenced. We at Mercado & Rengel can review your case and explain all of your options. Contact us today and schedule to meet with us or email us for a free evaluation of your case.

We have handled cases before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Third DCA of Florida, among others.

Criminal appeals can be among the most difficult cases to handle. They frequently involve short deadlines in which to take action and involve complicated questions of law. Our team of experienced trial and appellate lawyers will closely review your case to identify errors that may afford you or your loved one relief from a conviction or sentence. Even when there seems to be no errors that allow relief from the conviction, there may be sentencing errors that can reduce aspects of the judgment, such as the length of the sentence.

We at Mercado & Rengel are familiar with the appeals process and have extensive training in research, writing, and arguing cases. Our appellate lawyers stand ready to put their training and experience to work for you. Even if you have lost the right to appeal due to the passage of time or other reasons, our post-conviction lawyers may still be able to assist you. We can review the entire court record to determine whether there are grounds to file a motion in the original trial court seeking relief from the conviction or sentence. These motions, normally referred to as Motions for Appropriate Relief, are filed in the trial court and are ordinarily heard by the original trial judge. In the event the judge denies the motion, it is frequently possible to seek appellate review of that denial.

A criminal conviction is not the end of the road. Let us put our training and experience to work for you starting today.