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offense, Texas allows defendants to file an appeal requesting a higher court to review and change the decision originally made.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


Looking to file an appeal? 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 in Amarillo

With so much riding on the outcome of your appeal, you cannot afford to entrust your case to just any Texas appeals 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 Texas appeals lawyer can fight for your future!


Recent Reviews & Testimonials

  • 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

  • He doesn't rest until he is satisfied

    “The immigration consequences of criminal activity can be devastating to an individual and his/her family. The results may lead to a loss of freedom far greater than time served in jail. Attorney Chris Hesse knows this and is continually seeking solutions for his clients that not only deal with the criminal aspects of the case but the immigration consequences as well. He doesn't rest until he is satisfied that he has exhausted any and all avenues available to his clients. Chris has the ability to be both aggressive in his defense and show compassion. He is motivated by a deep sense of justice which he uses as his guiding principle when representing his clients.”

    Shilpa Shah

  • He handled my case with the utmost professionalism and care

    “I first called Chris because he was a veteran, which as a vet myself I wanted somebody who understood me and my situation. I hired Chris because he was exactly what I wanted, and needed in a lawyer. Chris handled my case with the utmost professionalism and care.”

    Eric

  • I would recommend him to others

    “Attorney Hesse was hired and immediately started working for us. He was thorough and precise in his research. He answered all our questions and kept us informed as to next steps and the expected outcomes. It was a great relief to find someone in our area who would be a real advocate for his client. Attorney Hesse was professional and consistent throughout the entire process and we never felt like we were being pushed aside for a more lucrative client. I would recommend him to others and would hire him again should the need arise.”

    Kathy

  • “Chris worked very hard for me to get the resuts we did. He will bend over backwards and fight til the end win or loose. He is very easy to talk to and confide in. He gave me the best advice possible during my case. In the end he went above and beyond for me and I am forever grateful.”

    Daniel