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Amarillo Appeals Attorney

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offense, Texas allows defendants to file an appeal requesting a higher court to review and change the decision originally made.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

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

  • I would highly recommend him.

    “I am moving from Chicago to Amarillo and I was in search of a lawyer who could help me get an occupational driver's license. I called at least 10 law firms in Amarillo and Mr. Hess was the only one who knew what I was talking about transferring in from another state with a suspended license and how to assist me in getting a occupational driver's license. Mr. Hess is professional, takes the time to explain the process, and gets the job done efficiently. I would highly recommend him.”

    Jennifer

  • 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

  • great guy!

    “I would recommend Chris to anyone he did a fantastic job on getting my sons DWI case dropped , he kept on the prosecution constantly . thanks for your help and representation on behalf of my son.”

    Bruce

  • Chris was an absolute professional in the courtroom

    “I sat 2nd chair with Mr. Hesse on a Possession of Marijuana case in April of 2014. Chris was an absolute professional in the courtroom. He was able to narrow down on the proper issues during jury selection and succeeded with the suppression of the Marijuana in the case. Judges are reluctant to grant suppressions, but Chris was able to get it done! At that point, the government had no other option than to dismiss the case. Had it not been for Chris' ability to spot a fatal flaw in the government's case, his client may have been wrongfully convicted. I have no doubt Chris will work hard on your case to expose the government just as he did in our case.”

    Armen Merjanian

  • Very helpful

    “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