There are different processes for appeals in state and federal courts. It is important to have an attorney that understands the differences. It is also important that your attorney has experience with these procedures.
As a general rule, most lawyers who focus on trial work do not have much experience with appeals. These different procedures require different skill sets.
However, there are some lawyer who are excellent trial attorneys and also have appeals experience. Having an attorney experienced in both areas and who understand the applicable rules for each can greatly improve your chance of winning an appeal.
Criminal Defense Attorney John L. Calcagni III has trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts to help you win your case.