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Appellate Case Results

Since its inception in 2000, the Law Offices of Jason T. Forman has achieved successful results for their clients. Of course, what is deemed a successful outcome depends on the facts and circumstances of each individual case, as well as the needs of each client. This page contains only a small sample of the successful results that Mr. Forman was able to achieve for his clients over the years. Results may not be typical and you may not have as beneficial as a result. Also, the date that the case result posted may not be the date that the case was resolved. Nevertheless, we will certainly do everything that we legally can do to achieve your desired goal!

55 Appellate Case Results

Florida Supreme Court victory changes law in Florida!

posted 2015 | W.T. v. State (appeal)

This appeal is the perfect example of how important it is to have a persistent and experienced criminal appellate lawyer on your side. The United States Supreme Court rendered an opinion in a case called Graham v. Florida, which held that an offender under 18 years of age cannot be sentenced to life in prison.  The client was a 15 year old boy charged with attempted first degree murder for kicking and head stomping a girl after being taunted about his deceased brother. His trial attorney asked the court to release him on bond because the language of the Florida Constitution, in light of the new Graham decision, required that he be given pre-trial bail as a matter of right.  The trial court denied the motion and Mr. Forman was hired to file a Writ of Habeas Corpus seeking his release from the appellate court.  The appellate court denied the appeal. 

However, Mr. Forman subsequently learned that the appellate court, in an unpublished order, reached a different result in another case.  Mr. Forman filed a second Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus seeking pre-trial bail on behalf of the boy. The Fourth District Court of Appeal, the appellate court who handled the appeal, recognized that it improperly granted the writ in the other case and entered an opinion denying bail once again in this case.  Determined that he was correct, Mr. Forman filed an appeal before the Florida Supreme Court and won! As a result, the law in the entire State of Florida was changed and all juveniles charged with non-homicide offenses were entitled to bail as a matter of right! You may have heard about this ruling in the media.

Appellate Court reverses and holds that judges have no authority to suspend license for speeding ticket!

posted 2015 | W.H. v. State (appeal)

Mr. Forman was hired to handle an appeal for a driver in Orange County, Florida whose drivers license was suspended for speeding on a motorcycle.  The particular judge who imposed the suspension frequently imposed suspensions to drivers over the objection of the lawyers in that county.  Mr. Forman was hired to fight on behalf of the driver and won!  As a matter of first impression, Mr. Forman was able to convince a 3 judge appellate panel that it was unlawful for the trial judge to suspend a person’s license merely because the person committed a traffic infraction where there was no accident.  The Client’s suspension was overturned.  Not only was the client obviously happy, but Mr. Forman actually received a congratulatory and appreciative phone call from an Orange County attorney who regularly appeared before this judge. Mr. Forman was advised that no local attorney had the “guts” to appeal this particular judge.

New trial granted for police officer convicted of sexual battery!

posted 2015 | State vs. S.O. (Appeal/Motion for New Trial)

The client was a local police officer who was charged in a high publicity case with sexual battery.  He was represented by another attorney who is now a judge in Broward County.  After a jury trial, the police officer was convicted of a very serious charge and was facing 15 yeas in prison.  His trial attorney contacted Mr. Forman in order to file a Motion for New Trial based upon juror misconduct.  Mr. Forman filed the motion and after an evidentiary hearing, the trial court granted the motion for new trial.  Of course, the client was thrilled that his sentence and conviction were vacated!

Defendant’s 36 year prison sentence for trafficking in oxycodone reduced to 12 years!

posted 2015 | State v. J.J. (Appeal/3.850)

The defendant was charged with trafficking in oxycodone.  After a jury trial, the defendant was sentenced to 36 years in Florida State Prison.  Mr. Forman was referred this appeal by his client’s trial attorney, who advised Mr. Forman that he did not believe that there was a chance to win on appeal.  Mr. Forman handled the direct appeal and found numerous issues that he believed warranted a new trial.  However, the trial attorney failed to object during the course of the trial, which precludes winning on appeal.

Due to trial counsel’s failure to object, Mr. Forman sought to have the trafficking conviction vacated due to ineffective assistance of counsel on the face of the record, which is extremely rare.  The appellate court issued an opinion indicating that it was concerned  about trial counsel’s failure to object, as well as other instances raised by Mr. Forman.  This paved the way for a motion for post-conviction relief (3850 motion) under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850.  The Broward County State Attorney’s Office decided that it was best to negotiate a plea offer and agreed to a 12 year sentence with the defendant’s new attorney.  The client was pleased with the result and will be released in less than 2.5 years!

Other appellate/post-conviction results have simply been forgotten…..

55 Appellate Case Results

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