Appeals Attorney Serving Amarillo, TX
Handling Cases at Both the State & Federal Level
After being sentenced for a criminal offense, Texas allows defendants to file an appeal requesting a higher court to review and change the decision orginally made. Appeals are not based on new evidence; rather, the appellate court must determine if the evidence used in trial was legally sufficient to support a conviction. If you are hoping to file an appeal, your first step should be to secure legal representation.
The appeals process is complex and requires a lawyer well-versed in this unique area of the law. This is what you will find with Amarillo appeals attorney Chris Hesse. He capably handles appeals at both the state and federal level and has over a decade of experience.
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Navigating the Nuances of the Appeals Process
It is first important to understand the difference between appeals for the state court and those for the federal court. While the state court has the final say on state laws and constitutions, it is possible for a state appeals case to get sent to the federal courts. The federal court is responsible for appeals of sentences that hold much significance, such as the constitutionality of a law or disputes between states.
There are two layers of appeals at the state level – the 14 Texas Courts of Appeals and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The latter is the highest criminal appeal court in the state. Only death penalty cases go directly to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
The appeals process generally works in the following way:
- Defendant must file a notice of appeal within 30 days from the date of judgment
- The notice of appeal is then filed with the Court of Appeals
- Defendant has 30 days once it has been filed to submit an appellate brief
- The State has 30 days to reply to the appellate brief
Federal appeals follow their own path, starting with the federal district court and then moving to the circuit court. Ultimately, federal appeals will end at the United States Supreme Court. This is the final stop for any appeal, whether state or federal.
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With so much riding on the outcome of your appeal, you cannot afford to entrust your case to just any attorney. Our firm is unique in that we treat clients like individuals, taking the time to understand your goals before we begin developing the best strategy to achieve them.
It is crucial that you act quickly, as the time limit for filing an appeal is limited. Contact the Law Offices of Chris D. Hesse and learn how our Amarillo appeals lawyer can fight for your future!