Appeals & Post Conviction Remedies


The appellate rules make it difficult to overturn a criminal judgment. Therefore, winning cases on appeal requires special skills that few attorneys master. Winning appeals requires a thorough and complete understanding of the law, strong research and writing skills, the ability to develop effective legal strategies and the confidence to persuasively communicate oral and written arguments to the appellate court.

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For extensive and experienced representation in criminal appeals, contact Charles L. Truncale today for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. Charlie Truncale represents clients in the state courts of Florida in complex appeals and the federal appeals courts throughout the United States. He also has personally handled over 200 appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and has over 30 published opinions in the federal reporter system.

Legal errors in the trial court provide the basis for appeals, whether state or federal. Appellate counsel must effectively present the existence of the errors and the need for relief to the courts of appeals. Judgments are overturned by proving the errors after thorough review of the pleadings and all of the pretrial, trial and sentencing transcripts. In every appeal, Charlie Truncale thoroughly reviews the record for every legal reason to overturn a trial court's judgment and sentence. Then, he aggressively advocates for his client's relief through persuasive written and oral arguments.

Post Conviction Relief

You are convicted and sentenced; on appeal, your criminal judgment is upheld. There still is one more chance - a timely filed motion for post conviction relief. Generally, you have one year from the date of the last appeal to prove your grounds for relief. Grounds include errors made by your counsel at trial or on appeal, and other forms of constitutional errors. A limited number of attorneys represent clients in post conviction relief cases. One reason is because many lawyers are not comfortable in a post conviction setting that could cause relationship problems with other lawyers. Another reason is a lack of skills and time required to succeed in a post conviction relief case.

Appealing a Criminal Conviction

In addition to handling your initial defense, Mr. Truncale also handles appeals of criminal convictions at both the state and federal level. He has handled many cases before the federal Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta.

Whether you need representation in the state courts of Florida in a case brought under Rule 3.850 or 3.800, or a federal case brought under 28 U.S.C. 2254 or 2255, contact Charles L. Truncale, a post conviction relief attorney, today for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.