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Old 03-14-2018, 05:09 PM
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A friend was convicted of gun and drug charges a few years ago in federal court in southern Florida. Because of those 924(c) gun stacking charges, he was sentenced to 90 years in prison. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed his conviction and sentence. His pro se 2255 motion was denied last month. The judge that denied the 2255 motion also denied a certificate that would allow an appeal. My friend is now 37 years-old. I think he will be 107 years-old when he is released from prison.

What are my friend's options? Has he exhausted all of his appeals? At this point, would it be worth spending thousands of dollars to hire a lawyer and try to get some other sort of appeal going, or would that just be wasting hard-earned money?

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Most federal appeals are denied, and one Appeals Court has apparently already ruled against him, so that reduces his chances even more. You can interview federal appeals lawyers before you decide to retain them, or not. My advice is to talk to a few even if you have to pay for an hour of their time. Get expert opinions before you decide.
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