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Ronald S. Chapman, P.A., helps clients appeal criminal convictions in the state’s appellate court system.
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Appellate Lawyer in West Palm Beach

Being convicted of a crime has serious consequences that can follow you for the rest of your life. Depending on the charge, you might be facing a large fine, time in prison, and a criminal record that makes it difficult to secure employment or housing. While those consequences are tough enough on their own, it is even worse if you are innocent. Fortunately, you can appeal the jury’s verdict decision instead of simply accepting an unjust result.

With more than 30 years of experience in the appellate courts, Ronald S. Chapman can help you mount a strong appeal. Schedule a consultation today to determine if you have grounds to appeal your case.

Grounds for Appeal in West Palm Beach

There are many different possible grounds upon which to appeal. For example:

  • The prosecutor excluded vital evidence.
  • The judge provided the jury with improper instructions.
  • The verdict was not supported by sufficient evidence.
  • You did not have an impartial jury.
  • The judge made mistakes that led to your conviction.
  • Your right to due process was violated.

Florida Appeals Process

In most instances, your attorney only has 30 days to file an appeal, so time is of the essence. Once a notice of appeal is filed, the clerk of court will prepare the trial record for the appellate court. Your lawyer will then write what is called the initial brief in order to explain to the court of appeals why you should get a new trial or sentencing hearing. In some cases, your attorney will argue your case in person in front of a panel of judges. After that, the appellate court will issue its decision.

Can You Appeal Your Case?

You might think that you do not have any good grounds to appeal your case when, in fact, you do. It is vital that you have an experienced lawyer like Ronald Chapman to defend you in the court of appeals.


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  • Over 30 Years of Experience – Ronald S. Chapman has represented clients facing both state and federal charges since 1990, and he has had more than 200 trials.
  • Numerous 5-star Reviews – Our West Palm Beach law firm has accumulated five-star reviews on Google, Yelp, Lawyers.com, Avvo, and other sites.
  • Sole Practitioner– As a sole practitioner, Ronald S. Chapman works directly with each client he serves instead of handing them off to staff members.
  • Represents Clients in State and Federal Court – While some West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers handle only state charges or federal charges, Ronald S. Chapman handles both types of charges ranging from state-level assault charges to federal-level drug trafficking and white-collar crimes.
  • Bilingual Legal Services – Ronald S. Chapman provides legal services in English and Spanish, so you won’t have any trouble communicating with him.

You Need A West Palm Beach Appellate Lawyer By Your Side

The prosecution had the burden of proof during your criminal trial. But on appeal, you will have to convince the court of appeals that you did not get a fair trial. Convincing them of that can be very difficult which is why you need the help of an experienced appellate lawyer like Ronald Chapman.


If the district court of appeal makes an error, it is sometimes possible to appeal that decision to the Florida Supreme Court. Having an experienced lawyer like Ronald Chapman to represent you throughout the appellate process is essential.

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Mr. Ron Chapman, what can I not say! All the good he has done for me and my family, also the community. I was first introduced to Mr. Chapman by the community that he serves. He was very honest and forthcoming. I asked him one question! I asked him would he fight for my family, my son he said YES! He DID, and still is fighting even after the fact! Mr. Chapman still serves when I have a question or problem, he and his staff go out of their way to get answers for me. Mr. Chapman and his staff care about how I am doing, am I okay. You see Mr. Chapman represented my son. First, the State said 30, then 20, then 15 years, then 10 years. I said NO let’s fight! And Mr. Chapman did! My son got off with grace and dignity even the jurors were amazed by Mr. Chapman and my son. He should be a judge Mr. Chapman, but the little poor people, we need him! I love you, Mr. Chapman.
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