How Unappealing: Managing Expectations on Appeal

Whenever someone is in the unfortunate position to have taken a case to trial and lost, his or her focus might immediately shift to filing a direct appeal.  Of course, just about any trial lawyer will tell you that few trials are ever conducted without error, and appealing a case to ensure that those errors were not harmful or fundamental might be appropriate.  After all, the appellate process has a special place in our American criminal jurisprudence.  (In Miami, appeals from trial cases in circuit court are filed in the Third District of Appeal. ) That (formally accused, now convicted) person, and/or his or her family,...

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