Respected, Accomplished Post-Conviction Relief Attorney In West Palm Beach
At the Law Office of Ann Fitz, the team understands that a federal criminal conviction does not close the door with finality. Ms. Fitz knows how to argue for post-conviction relief.
Post-conviction relief refers to the legal process that takes place after a criminal conviction of the defendant, either by guilty plea or after a trial. Once a defendant has been sentenced and the finding of guilt becomes final, the conviction and/or sentence can be challenged on legal grounds. Ann Fitz gives clients this opportunity.
Types Of Post-Conviction Relief
Post-conviction relief generally falls into two categories:
The goal of these proceedings is to prove that a convicted person is innocent, to reduce the sentence, or to correct errors made by either the district court or defense counsel.
Many clients have sought Ann Fitz’s assistance after being convicted of a federal crime. Ann Fitz has prepared motions and briefs in the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, and 11th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. She has represented clients in federal habeas proceedings in multiple districts.
Demonstrating Rationale For Appeals
For many of Ms. Fitz’s clients, the original attorney failed to identify potential sentencing mitigation factors or failed to raise relevant legal arguments in the district court. That lack of attention may have resulted in a conviction, involuntary guilty plea or higher sentence and can be challenged in post-conviction proceedings.
Ann Fitz will conduct a thorough review of the district court record, including court filings and transcripts, and the law to determine the strongest arguments that can be made in your case. Her job is to accomplish one of the following goals:
- Show that material mistakes made in the district court entitle you to a reversal or an acquittal
- Argue that ineffective assistance of counsel is grounds for vacating, setting aside or correcting your federal sentence
Don’t Wait – Post-Conviction Relief Has Strict Time Limits
Appeals and other post-conviction motions have very strict time limits for filing. Two examples are as follows:
- In federal court, a Notice of Appeal must be filed within 14 days of the entry of judgment in a criminal case and within 30 days of the entry of judgment in a civil case, or 60 days if the United States is a party.
- A federal habeas petition must be filed within a year from the date a judgment becomes final. There are few circumstances that give rise to an extension of time.
If filing deadlines are missed, the request for post-conviction relief is considered waived and an appeal will not be considered by the court.
Don’t Miss The Opportunity To Appeal
Timing is important as there are strict statutes of limitations for criminal post-conviction relief. It is therefore imperative for you to contact the firm immediately after a conviction to request a review of your case.