Fighting to Restore Your Reputation and Your Future
Criminal convictions can wreak havoc on your life, and not just in the short term. A conviction on your record, even a misdemeanor, can leave you struggling to get a job or rent an apartment. In some cases, however, you may have the ability to appeal your conviction, or have your records sealed so that no potential employers can view your conviction.
At the law firm of Michael J. Griffith, P.A., we believe that the best way to avoid the penalties and damage caused by a conviction is to avoid the conviction altogether. Unfortunately, we know that avoiding a conviction is not always possible. With more than 35 years of experience, our Navarre appeals lawyers have the skill and knowledge needed to help you understand your post-conviction options, including filing an appeal or pursuing an expunction or sealing of your records.
Appealing a Conviction
Appeals of a conviction can be filed for many reasons, including:
- Attorney malpractice by your defense attorney
- Newly recovered evidence of your innocence
- Deviations from proper legal procedures by the prosecution
- Jury tampering or bias
If you believe you have grounds for an appeal, it is important to call our office immediately; you are afforded only a short period to file an appeal after your conviction. On your behalf, our staff will carefully examine your case and offer honest advice on your appeals options, before helping you choose the course that is best for you.
Eliminating a Conviction
Some individuals who have already completed all stipulations of their conviction may be eligible to pursue an expunction or sealing of their records. This means that you have paid all related fines and legal fees, have served any jail sentence and have completed your probation period without incident. In many cases, only individuals convicted of misdemeanor level offenses are eligible for expunction or record sealing.
Our staff will review your case and offer the guidance you need to understand if you are eligible to seek an expunction or sealing of your record.
Contact our office online or call 850-433-9922 to discuss your post-conviction relief options during a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.