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offense, Texas allows defendants to file an appeal requesting a higher court to review and change the decision originally made.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

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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!

Recent Reviews & Testimonials

  • “Chris represented me in a misdemeanor marijuana possession. He was able to take care of the case to my great satisfaction. He was always available and easy to contact. I recommend his services.”

    Francois

  • Excellent Guy to have on Your Side!

    “I hired attorney Chris Hesse and his investigators to help me prove my innocence in a case against me. Chris had a sound strategy for our progress with the goal of gathering enough evidence to avoid trial. He doesn't waste time and gets things going from day one, gathering evidence and getting statements or videos as needed. Chris always kept me informed of any developments and made me feel that he honestly cared about my case and we were a team. I was ready to go trial to prove my innocence, but with the help of Chris and his investigative team, my charges were dropped. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants an attorney that will fight for them and keeps the lines of communication open.”

    Justin

  • 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

  • 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

  • 1st Degree Felony Case, Dismissed

    “My then 21-year old son was facing a possible 5 to 99-year sentence in state prison. Mr. Hesse was his court-appointed attorney in Fort Bend County, but you would not have known it, given the passion he provided to this case. This case lasted 3 1/2 years, thru 1 mistrial in 2015 before Mr. Hesse succeeded in having the case dismissed, a week ago today. I believe he was truly driven to accomplish the best possible outcome for my son. Given the obstacles he encountered with this case, many other attorney's might have given up and passed this case to someone else, but he did not. Chris Hesse is the type of attorney you want on your side when you're fighting to prove your innocence. My son and family will never forget what he did for us. As an attorney he is knowledgeable, caring, respectful and committed.”

    Carter