Post-Conviction Relief in Federal Criminal Cases
A federal criminal conviction does not close the door with finality on a defendant. Attorney Ann Fitz is a federal criminal attorney in West Palm Beach who represents clients in various post-conviction proceedings and has successfully argued post-conviction issues for her clients.
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.
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. She has prepared motions and briefs in the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal, as well as the United States Supreme Court, and has represented clients in federal habeas proceedings in multiple districts.
For many of her 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 conviction, an involuntary guilty plea, or a higher sentence, and can be challenged in post-conviction proceedings.
Ms. 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 show that material mistakes made in the district court entitle you to a reversal or an acquittal, or to 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
Timing is important as there are strict statute of limitations for criminal post-conviction relief. It is therefore imperative for you to contact us immediately for a review of your case. Contact the Law Office of Ann Fitz by calling 561-932-1690 or by using the contact form.