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After being sentenced for a criminal offense, Texas allows defendants to file an appeal requesting a higher court to review and change the decision originally made.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.

Ensure your best chance at a favorable outcome – dial (806) 350-6785 today.

Criminal Appeals Process in Texas

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In the State of Texas the appeals process is as follows: the defendant must file a notice of appeal within 30 days of judgment with the Court of Appeals, the defendant then has 30 days after filing to submit an appellate brief, and upon submission the State then has 30 days to reply to the brief.

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 more 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.

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.

Experienced Appeals Legal Counsel

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!

Recent Reviews & Testimonials

  • He cares deeply for his clients

    “I am a Police Officer and after being dishonorably discharged from my agency on 10-13-16 Mr. Hesse was hired by me through the TMPA. Even though he is a criminal defense attorney he works hard for his clients, regardless who they are. Mr. Hesse went right to work and found 2 discrepancies committed by my agency. Mr. Hesse followed the agency's policy to appeal the termination to the letter, writing the city council, even when I was out of town. I decided I did not want work for that agency anymore and Mr. Hesse worked out a settlement that I could live with. A hearing was scheduled and nobody from my old agency showed. Instead they sent their attorney. As of 01-30-17 a SOAH Judge has ordered my dishonorable discharge to reflect an honorable discharge. Mr. Hesse was very professional and is a professional. He cares deeply for his clients and even talked to several Police Chiefs on my behalf attempting to find me jobs. I respect Mr. Hesse and would recommend Mr. Hesse to anyone who needs a good attorney. Thank you Mr. Hesse for all of your hard work in my case.”

    Terry

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    “My name is Eddie and I am a former client of Mr. Hesse . I would like to say I think he did a great job on representing me. Mr. Hesse was very clear, informative and sensitive to my situation at a very low point in my life. He called sometimes just to check on me and ask how was I doing. That really meant a lot to me. Not to mention he was very active, proficient and professional with my case. Thanks again David C. Hesse you are highly recommend.”

    Eddie

  • He is a sophisticated man.

    “Mr. Hesse did the thinking to understand the nuances of my case and the effects of that case on my life. He was not handling my case like it was a "cattle call" docket of so many attorneys who handle criminal cases because of the relatively low overhead of minor criminal case load as compared to civil litigation. He is a sophisticated man.”

    Anonymous

  • Very helpful

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  • 2 Enhanced felony's dismissed!

    “Chris Hesse was a very confident and smart attorney.He used all his resources and knowledge to determine the best outcome of my case. He didn't lie to me and always called me back the same day I would leave a voicemail. He was always working on someone's case Everytime I showed up to his office,but was able to turn his attention to me and give me his best input about my case.i was facing 5 to 99 on an enhanced 1st degree felony,he worked hard and was able to get it dismissed before trial. I highly recommend anyone to hire Chris Hesse if you want an attorney that's going to fight for your freedom.”

    Jorge