All convicted defendants are entitled to appeal their convictions. Appeals in the federal system are to the U.S. Courts of Appeal. In Florida state court appeals are to the District Courts of Appeal. Appeals look at errs of law that prevent the trial from being fair to the defendant. Experienced counsel is able to review a trial record and determine possible areas of successful appeal.

Appeals may also be take in civil cases. However, there is no automatic right to appeal in the civil area.