Excellent Appellate Advocacy

Sometimes the end of a criminal case at trial is only the beginning.  If you or a loved one has been convicted of a criminal offense in Florida and you believe the trial court erred in its ruling, you may need the services of an appellate lawyer. 

The U.S. Constitution guarantees a convicted individual’s right to appeal the trial court’s decision.  There are a variety of reasons that may lead you to appeal your case.  These can include ineffective assistance of defense counsel, an unjust or improper sentence, or a void plea agreement.  Other cause for appeal can be the judge’s error in failing to admit relevant evidence, which resulted in harmful error to the defendant, or improperly admitting evidence that was obtained through an illegal search and seizure. 

Rooth Law Group handles criminal appeals and other issues that arise in the post-conviction process.  At a free consultation, Rooth Law Group will go over the facts of your case and will provide guidance on whether there are possible bases for appealing the trial court’s ruling and the likelihood of success on appeal.  Even if there are legitimate grounds for an appeal, there may be reasons why an appeal is not in the defendant’s best interest.  Our attorneys will explain whether an appeal is worthwhile under the unique circumstances on your case. 

It cannot be emphasized enough – if you are thinking about appealing your criminal case, time is of the essence.  An appeal must be commenced within thirty days of the conviction or sentencing.  Therefore, the sooner you retain an appellate lawyer, the better.  A lot must be done to prepare for the appeal.  The appellate attorney must order court transcripts, assemble the trial court’s records, review and analyze the relevant documents from the proceedings below, and thoroughly research the case law applicable to the issues in your case. 

When the trial court makes the wrong decision, make the right decision if you want to appeal your case and contact Rooth Law Group today. 

Outstanding Advocacy For Your Appeal

Unlike most criminal defense law firms that do not routinely handle appeals, Rooth Law Group splits its trial and appellate case load between its attorneys.  Kelly Rooth is a former law clerk for the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and has interned at the Appellate Division of the United States Attorneys’ Office.  Kelly focuses the majority of her legal practice on appellate work.

Unlike most boutique appellate law firms, Rooth Law Group has an experienced criminal defense trial attorney on staff.  Ryan Rooth is a former prosecutor who is familiar with evidentiary issues that arise at the trial level of a criminal case.  This invaluable experience enables him to provide insight about ways the Judge may have erred at the trial stage of the criminal proceeding. 

Contact the Rooth Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation: (727) 797-9600 in Pinellas County, (813) 333-6517 in Hillsborough County. 


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