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offense, Texas allows defendants to file an appeal requesting a higher court to review and change the decision originally made.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

  • Highly Recommended!

    “Mr. Hesse assisted me as local counsel on a very difficult federal case. I could not have received any better counsel. On time, on task, and on the spot with guidance and advice. Highly Recommended!”

    Scott

  • highly recommend

    “I received a ticket for a traffic mishap you see i have a CDL and the city of Amarillo, TX. which does not dismiss them. he worked endlessly and countless hours to help me get the ticket off my record which he did. With little help from me, highly recommend Chris Hesse for your next criminal attorney!!”

    John Brooks

  • “Chris Heese will go beyound and above to make sure you are taken care of. Chris Heese will fight for you and do what is right. I was pleased with the outcome of Chris Heese being my attorney.”

    Rob

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    “David is very helpful. He listen your case then according to the law what he can do and give his best efforts. He is very honest and hardworking guy .strongly recommended .”

    Muhammad

  • Mr. Hesse never faltered

    “We lost our case but that's alright. The DAs office had 10 lawyers and the judge on their side, Mr. Hesse never faltered. He went toe to toe against all that. Most impressive part about Mr. Hesse was, he cared, win or loose. We have a bit more to go and if Mr Hesse will have us, we will use him again.”

    Andrew