If an unfavorable court judgment has been made against you, it can negatively affect your life in many ways. But you do have options.
Board-certified in appellate law, Debra J. Sutton can help you seek a judgment reversal, a new trial, or an increased award of damages.
The Sutton Law Firm in Lakeland, St. Petersburg, and Bartow, FL, is the clear choice to fight for you when making an appeal.
Choose the Sutton Law Firm For Your Appellate Law Needs
If you feel an unfair decision was made against you during a trial, we can help. Our esteemed lawyers have over 50 combined years of gold-standard expertise when it comes to assisting clients like you with appellate law and other legal needs in the Bartow, Lakeland, and St. Petersburg, FL, areas.
Debra J. Sutton is a member of a small, elite group of Florida attorneys that have achieved Appellate Specialist Board Certification. Our boutique law firm, located in Bartow's historic Mann Mansion, features individualized services and a highly skilled legal team ready to give you laser-focused attention.
Our Attorney Is a Board-Certified Appellate Specialist
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What is the appellate law process?
Why Retain an Appellate Attorney
There are many different kinds of lawyers. Appellate lawyers are litigation experts who study evidence and testimony in order to present complex legal arguments to appellate court judges. These arguments challenge unfavorable trial court judgments that were based on procedural errors or incorrect applications of the law.
Retaining our trusted board-certified appellate lawyer at the Sutton Law Firm in Bartow, FL, may result in:
- A New Trial
- Reversals of Trial Court Verdicts
- Increased Damage Awards
- Decrease of a Sentence
- Moving the Appeal to Another Geographic Location
- Emergency Appeal Hearings
- Appeals Before the Florida and U.S. Supreme Courts
Contact Sutton Law Firm
Debra J. Sutton has handled appellate cases for over two decades and continues to serve the Lakeland, St. Petersburg, and Bartow communities in Central Florida. Our awarded lawyers can fight against an unfair court decision on your behalf, even at the level of the Florida Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court. The Sutton Law Firm uses a team-based approach so you have the benefit of several lawyers working on your unique case.
Contact our team with your questions or to request a consultation with Ms. Sutton. You can also call our Lakeland office at:
Do Lots of People File Appeals?
Walk Me Through the Appellate Process
Sutton Law Firm is equipped to handle the most complicated of appellate cases, dealing with complex statutes, mountains of evidence, and obscure regulations.
Our Attorneys Handle Many Kinds of Legal Appeals
A Writ of Habeas Corpus questions the legality of custody of a prisoner or may be used to obtain emergency custody of a child. Count on the appellate and litigation experts at Sutton Law to act quickly and thoroughly to protect your rights from day one.
These cases are heard in United States District Courts and may involve a U.S. governmental entity, a federal statute, or a dispute of more than $50,000 between parties in different states. Federal appeals are heard in one of 13 U.S. Courts of Appeal. The 11th Circuit court in Atlanta hears appeals for Florida cases. Our appellate attorneys can practice and present oral arguments in all 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals.
When an appeal is filed, the opposing party has the right to dispute the court chosen to hear an appellant's case. Jurisdictional questions arise when the parties reside in different states or an injury has occurred in another state. "Venue" describes the geographical area the court is located within that state. Sutton Law has years of successful experience handling jurisdictional and venue disputes.
It may be is crucial to immediately address errors in procedural and legal issues that occur during a trial in order to protect a client's rights that may be lost if resolution awaits a post-judgment appeal. A carefully crafted Writ of Mandamus persuades an appellate court to hear these issues on an emergency basis.
Sutton Law is equipped to handle the most complicated of appellate cases, dealing with complex statutes, mountains of evidence, and obscure regulations. Extensive legal research and sophisticated, persuasive writing are critical to your chances of winning your case, so it is important to retain appellate lawyers with extensive experience handling appeals. Whether your case involves an emergency writ or handling extensive records and exhibits, our firm offers the background and knowledge needed to proceed and prevail.
A party that loses an appeal to the District Court of Appeal can request that the Florida Supreme Court reviews the case, but it is up to the Supreme Court whether to hear the case. The U.S. Supreme Court hears cases lost on appeal in the state appellate courts and federal U.S. Courts of Appeal, though they agree to review less than five percent of submitted cases annually. The appellate lawyers at Sutton Law are admitted to practice before the U.S. and Florida Supreme Courts.
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