If you have been convicted of a felony, such as drug trafficking, or possession of cocaine in a Florida criminal court, such as Fort Lauderdale or Miami criminal courts, you should consider an appeal from your criminal conviction. An appeal must be filed quickly, the rules require a notice of appeal be filed within ten days of the imposition of sentence, and the first step is for the criminal defense attorney who conducted the criminal trial to file a notice of issues. During any criminal trial, such as a DUI, homicide, trafficking or murder, there are always issues, questions of law and criminal procedure that come up during the trial. The criminal defense attorney who is your criminal trial lawyer must object and then appeal for you to have an appellate court review the criminal trial. If there were significant errors, either in criminal law or criminal procedure, and they fundamentally affected the outcome of the criminal trial, then an appellate court will grant you an appeal and review the trial transcript. An appeal from a conviction for a criminal offense, such as possession of drugs or violation of probation, often takes many months, sometimes as long as a year. If you have a question about your rights as a criminal defendant in any South Florida criminal court, contact a local criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, or Palm Beach and ask for a consultation.