FLORIDA CRIMINAL APPEALS &
Why choose our firm?
Attorney Maura J. Kiefer has over 25 years of experience practicing in criminal trial & appellate litigation in Florida. As a former city attorney, conflict appointed defense counsel, and long-time special assistant public defender for the10th Judicial Circuit, she has amassed over 70 published opinions.
Your appeal or post-conviction relief action will benefit from attorney Kiefer’s tireless, exhaustive and critical analysis of the trial records which led to the conviction of you or a loved one.
We know your goal is overturn your conviction, withdraw your plea or file a motion for post-conviction relief. Ms. Kiefer has personally handled scores of combined appeals and post-conviction motions since she was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1990. Importantly, she will personally handle your criminal appeal or post-conviction motion.
All communications with the client will be directly with Ms. Kiefer, who understands that you are relying on her experience, skill and well-respected reputation.
If you are thinking about filing an appeal, that means you have already either lost at trial, or entered a plea. An appeal after trial is limited to the issues which were preserved by your trial attorney at the trial, except for fundamental or Constitutional matters. Mistakes are made during every trial – to win a reversal, the mistake needs to be “prejudicial”. Some appeals are won because the judge should have directed a judgment of acquittal in your favor due to a lack of sufficient evidence. Sometimes, but rarely, effective assistance of trial counsel is so apparent on the face of the record that the Appeals Court will consider it on appeal. More often, however, ineffective assistance of counsel must be addressed in a post-conviction 3.850 motion (after an appeal is over).
Post Conviction Relief
Post-conviction motions are not favored by prosecutors because that means, if successful, they have to retry your case all over again, or maybe offer a “better deal”.
If you lost your appeal, you still may be legally entitled to a new trial. One of the most common grounds for relief is the ineffective representation by your trial attorney. Every person tried for an alleged crime is guaranteed a fair trial by the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and that includes an effective attorney because, after all, if your trial attorney did a poor job, how did you get a fair trial? The answer is you didn’t, which is why we seek a new trial under Rule 3.850.
Not all mistakes made by your trial attorney can be directly appealed, so a Post-Conviction Motion filed under Rule 3.850 of the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure may be the only way to attack your trial after appeal. Click here for the 2019 version of Rule 3.850
Call 3850 lawyer Maura J. Kiefer today at 800-327-1852 to speak to an experienced post conviction lawyer who can help you try to vacate or withdraw your plea, or obtain a new trial. Of course, we handle post conviction cases throughout the State of Florida! Do not wait too long, or your claim may be procedurally barred. You generally have two years from the date the Appeals Court issued the Mandate in your appeal to seek a new trial under Rule 3.850.
Will a 3850 Motion Help You Get Out of Prison?
It might. It could also reduce your prison sentence, allow you withdraw your plea, vacate your plea, or get you a brand new trial. A favorite topic is the discovery of new evidence. Evidence is considered “newly discovered” if, at the time of trial, you could not have discovered it.
We will file a 3850 motion for you anywhere in Florida!
Attorney Kiefer will represent you or a loved one in any city or county in the State of Florida. Regardless whether you need a Tampa 3850 lawyer, a Tallahassee 3850 lawyer, Orlando 3850 lawyer, Miami 3850 lawyer, Palm Beach 3850 lawyer, West Palm Beach 3850 lawyer, Daytona Beach 3850 lawyer, St. Petersburg 3850 lawyer, Jacksonville 3850 lawyer, Pensacola 3850 lawyer, Port St. Lucie 3850 lawyer, Polk 3850 lawyer, Collier 3850 lawyer, Marion 3850 lawyer, this firm will gladly represent you!
Our firm handles cases in every county and circuit throughout the State of Florida, including:
- First Circuit – Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton
- Second Circuit – Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla
- Third Circuit – Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor
- Fourth Circuit – Clay, Duval and Nassau
- Fifth Circuit – Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter
- Sixth Circuit – Pasco and Pinellas
- Seventh Circuit – Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia
- Eighth Circuit – Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union
- 9th Judicial Circuit– Orange and Osceola
- Tenth Circuit – Hardee, Highlands, and Polk
- Eleventh Circuit – Dade
- Twelfth Circuit – DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota
- Thirteenth Circuit – Hillsborough
- Fourteenth Circuit – Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington
- Fifteenth Circuit – Palm Beach
- Sixteenth Circuit – Monroe
- Seventeenth Circuit – Broward
- Eighteenth Circuit – Brevard and Seminole
- Nineteenth Circuit – Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie
- Twentieth Circuit – Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee
Call us today at (800) 327-1852 so that we can assist you in your appeal or post-conviction action. You deserve experienced and sophisticated criminal appellate representation to help you fight your wrongful conviction.