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offense, Texas allows defendants to file an appeal requesting a higher court to review and change the decision originally made.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

    “While traveling from Colorado to Texas for Thanksgiving I was pulled over and searched. The officer found an ointment I use for leg pain that contained CBD. I never even thought that it would be considered illegal when I packed my bag or consented to a search. Being that I am self employed and occasionally do work for both the government and large Fortune 500 companies, I was terrified at the prospect of having any blemish on my record since I have never been in trouble with the law. Chris went to extraordinary lengths to represent me and I’m glad to say that the ticket was fully dismissed yesterday after he presented an amazing case to the judge. Thankfully, he had extensive knowledge of the law and made sure that I wasn’t the victim of what amounted to a “cash grab” ticket that would have stayed with me for years. Chris took a personal interest in my case from the moment I first called him. He really is one of the good guys. I can’t recommend him enough.”

    Austin

  • Crhis Hesse is the best attorney I have ever met.

    “He really cares about his clients. He will go out of his way to fight for your rights. He has helped me more then once in situations he offered me the best advice in my situations. I would really recommend Chris to every one in any situation. Thanks Chris for all your help God bless you keep up the good work.”

    Anonymous

  • Thanks to his support this situation ended very well for me.

    “Mr. Hesse help with a situation involving a very serious criminal complaint. At the conclusion of the investigation I was exonerated of all allegations and complaints. Mr. Hesse worked with me to prepare my defense in the event I needed one. Mr. Hesse stayed on top of things and gave great insight and advise as to how we should proceed. I appreciate Mr. Hesse and his expertise. Thanks to his support this situation ended very well for me.”

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  • Excellent Attorney

    “Attorney Chris Hesse gave winning attention during our consultation..we had no doubt..when we hired him that we would win our case...and we did! Thank you again!”

    Leanne

  • Diligent and Professional

    “Level-headed, dependable and mature. He possesses strong work ethics. His performance throughout our trial was stellar. I and those in the courtroom immediately recognized that Attorney Chris Hesse put considerable effort in mastering his craft. He constantly displayed sound judgment throughout our hearings. He inspires confidence and I strongly recommend this attorney to anyone who wants a fair trial. He is a must have. He performs his duties with diligence and professionalism.”

    Luis