Criminal Appeals Lawyer

Panella Law Firm accepts cases throughout Florida

When a trial ends with an unfavorable outcome, you may be facing years in prison and lasting charges on your criminal record. However, a trial verdict doesn’t have to be the end of your fight for justice. Even after a trial is over, it’s still possible to regain your freedom. Our Orlando criminal appellate lawyers can assess your trial outcome and fight to have a bad ruling overturned.

When you need a second chance after a ruling that doesn’t go your way, our team of criminal appeals lawyers at Panella Law Firm have deep experience and the knowledge to give you the best representation possible.

Our Team Of Appellate Lawyers at Panella Law Firm Will Aggressively Defend Your Rights

Reputation for Winning Outcomes in Orlando and Throughout Florida

Panella Law Firm has an established reputation for aggressive criminal defense in the Orlando area. When it’s time to fight for your rights, the most important decision you make is the criminal appeal lawyer in Orlando you choose to represent you in appellate court.

Appeals lawyer Michael Panella holds a reputation for being undefeated at trial in Orlando while serving as a public defender. He’s passionate about upholding justice, and he fights tenaciously when it has been denied to his clients.

When you need a second chance, you want an attorney with an impressive track record of success and a passion for justice.


Call Panella Law Firm at 407-233-1822 to schedule a free consultation and discuss whether appellate attorney Michael Panella can help get your ruling overturned.


What Is an Appellate Lawyer?

A Different Court Needs a Different Lawyer

When you’ve been charged with a crime, you navigate the legal system with the help of a trial lawyer. Once a judgment on a trial is entered, your trial lawyer’s job is done. If you want to appeal the ruling after your trial, you need an appellate lawyer.

An appellate lawyer is qualified to appeal a trial outcome. The job of an appellate lawyer is to demonstrate to a group of appellate judges that some element of your trial insufficiently upheld the standard of justice.

When an appellate lawyer agrees to take your case, they’ll conduct a thorough review of all aspects of your trial. These include a review of:

  • Trial transcripts
  • Evidence
  • Witnesses
  • Testimony
  • Pretrial motions
  • Reasons for verdict.

If a criminal appellate lawyer can show that mismanagement of some aspect of the legal process impacted the trial’s outcome, the ruling could be overturned on the grounds that due process was not followed.

An experienced appellate lawyer is familiar with the thousands of appeal arguments that can be made based on errors during the trial and the events leading up to it.

Some examples of arguments that are made during an appeal include:

  • Improper exclusion of a witness
  • Ineffective assistance of counsel
  • Improper jury instruction
  • Insufficient evidence for a guilty verdict
  • Violation of Fifth Amendment rights protecting against self-incrimination
  • Improper ruling on expert testimony.

There’s an argument to be made against nearly every aspect of an arrest and subsequent trial. An experienced self-defense lawyer knows how to thoroughly review the documentation, find where a relevant argument can be made, and then make that argument to the appellate judges in defense of a client’s rights.

Why Choose Panella Law Firm?

Criminal Appeals Results That Speak for Themselves

Panella Law Firm excels at the criminal appeals process. Attorney Michael Panella has won the Avvo Client Choice Award for four consecutive years because of his incredible track record of success in aggressively defending his clients’ rights through research and strong argument.

The Panella Law Firm offers a long list of overwhelmingly positive client testimonials. Clients rave about the Panella Law Firm because Attorney Michael Panella’s representation changes lives.

Panella Law Firm handles many types of cases, including:

  • Criminal appeals
  • Assault
  • DUI
  • Drug charges
  • Family law issues
  • Self-defense law.

Client reviews of the Panella Law Firm speak loudly, and so do our firm’s litigation results. Client results include having felonies reduced to civil citation and multiple double-digit prison sentences ending with all charges cleared.

You need an Orlando appellate lawyer you can trust to successfully navigate the criminal appeals process, and Panella Law Firm holds an outstanding track record. When you need a criminal appeal lawyer in Orlando to appeal your case, the choice is clear.

Call Panella Law Firm at 407-233-1822 to arrange a free consultation and discuss if a criminal appeal is possible for your case.

FAQs Discussed by Our Orlando Appellate Lawyers

Common Questions Asked by Criminal Appeals Clients

When you’re considering the criminal appeals process, you probably have many questions about how much time you have, how an appeal is conducted, and if an appeal is the right choice for you. Here are some of the most common questions asked by new criminal appeals clients.

  • Can any case be appealed?

    Most cases qualify for an appeal. A successful appeal hinges on forming and supporting an argument to show that the ruling was unfair. In order for an appeal to be successful, an Orlando appellate lawyer will first assess whether your case has grounds for a successful appeal. The best way to ascertain this is to arrange a consultation and discuss the specifics of your case with our criminal appeal lawyers in Orlando.

  • What are the grounds for filing an appeal?

    There are thousands of possible arguments that can be made for a successful appeal. However, these tend to fall into one of the following three categories:

    • Issues with the jurors
    • Inadequate defense by a previous attorney
    • Legal mistakes in the first trial.

    Legal mistakes in the first trial. An appellate lawyer will assess all these areas of your first trial and attempt to find grounds for an appeal. Then, they’ll build a case showing that justice was violated when the legal process was not correctly followed.

  • Will I have to go back to court for an appeal?

    It’s unlikely that you’ll have to reappear in court for a criminal appeal. The appeals process is much different from the trial process. An appeal is conducted by presenting an argument in writing through legal briefs. Your attorney’s work will primarily consist of researching and forming a strong argument. The written appeal is then reviewed by a group of appellate court judges. After review, the judges will make a ruling on the appeal outcome.

  • How long does a criminal appeal take?

    It’s hard to predict how long an appeal will take. In Florida, it may take three to six months. If extensions are requested, this period could be delayed. The time frame depends on several factors, including how much time your appellate lawyer needs to craft a solid argument and how promptly the appellate court is able to review your appeal.

  • How long do I have to file an appeal?

    In the state of Florida, you have only 30 days from the rendering of final judgment to file a criminal appeal. This deadline can be difficult to understand. Even if a post-trial motion is set in place, the 30-day window can expire before the post-trial motion is heard. Florida law makes it easy to accidentally miss the window of opportunity for an appeal. It’s crucial to act promptly to secure an experienced appellate lawyer before your time runs out.

  • What happens if I win a criminal appeal?

    If your attorney appeals your sentence, you may simply be resentenced. If your attorney’s appeal argument centers on some element of trial procedure, you’ll probably be retried by a new jury.

    Proceedings after a criminal appeal will be determined by the appellate judges as part of the ruling. The outcome will depend on the specifics of your case and the type of argument your appeals lawyer used to win the appeal.

For a Second Chance, Call Panella Law Firm

The Right Orlando Appellate Lawyer Can Change Your Outcome

If you’re considering a criminal appeal in Orlando, you have a very small window of time in which to act. A successful criminal appeal can change your entire future by restoring your freedom. Panella Law Firm is passionate about fighting to restore justice when the legal system has failed to protect your rights. If you find yourself in need of legal assistance our experienced team is here to support and guide you through every step of the process.

Contact criminal appellate lawyer Michael Panella at the Panella Law Firm today. Call 407-233-1822 to arrange a free consultation and discuss a second chance at restoring your freedom before it’s too late.

Client Testimonial

”Michael was amazing, From start to finish professional and understanding. He did everything and more to help me out with my case. I will be back if ever needed again, highly recommend” – David Peralta (Google Review)

Attorney Mike Panella

For Mike Panella, the concept of zealous advocacy developed at an early age – fueled by what he perceived to be an unjust resolution in a personal family legal matter. Mr. Panella would later attribute his passion to defend the rights of those who stand accused to those inequities in the legal system he observed, and considered unjust. Before opening Panella Law Firm, Mr. Panella served as an Assistant Public Defender for Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office and worked hundreds of cases in both Brevard and Seminole Counties. Mr. Panella was undefeated at trial. [ Attorney Bio ]

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