After two years from the conclusion of the direct appeal, it becomes more difficult, but not impossible, to bring a successful appellate case. Generally for clients with older cases we will charge a lower fee to do a review of the file (reading all transcripts and documents and researching potential legal issues) to determine whether there are any viable issues. Even for very old cases, there are avenues to legal relief. Most commonly, these involve a change in an area of the law that affected the trial and conviction, an illegal sentence (which can be appealed at any time), or newly discovered evidence that could have affected the trial. In addition to our core state appellate practice, we handle federal appeals including federal habeas corpus filings on state court cases and direct federal appeals on federal court cases.
If you or someone you care about needs help with an appellate criminal case we invite you to schedule a free consultation with Daniel Tibbitt. Do not rely on trial lawyers who do not do appeals. Do not rely on jailhouse lawyers. Do not rely on the courts to read through and properly consider your pro se filings. If you have a criminal appellate case, you need a specialized criminal appellate lawyer. Please call 305-384-6160 to schedule a free consultation with Daniel Tibbitt immediately.