Texas Criminal Appeals Deadlines

May 25, 2011

How long does someone have to file a criminal appeal for a conviction in a Texas state court? Notice of appeal needs to be filed within 30 days of sentence being imposed in open court.  If a motion for new trial is timely filed, the deadline to file notice of appeal is extended to 90 [...]

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Difference Between Habeas Corpus and Criminal Appeal

May 18, 2011

What is the difference between a criminal appeal and an application for habeas corpus? A criminal appeal usually presents the best opportunity to have a conviction overturned.  Claims such as rules violations, statutory violation, erroneous evidentiary rulings, improper jury argument, and sufficiency of the evidence can be addressed on direct appeal to a criminal appeals [...]

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Helpful Answers from a Texas Criminal Appeals Lawyer

May 12, 2011

What are the most common criminal appeals law cases? The most common criminal appeals cases are those filed in the 14 intermediate appellate courts throughout the state.  Each court decides cases from a particular geographic area of the state.  In the federal system, all criminal appeals from Texas federal district courts are decided by the [...]

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Interview With A Texas Criminal Appeals Lawyer

May 6, 2011

How many years have you been practicing in Texas criminal appeals law? I have practiced Texas criminal appeals law for my entire legal career.  I was licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas on June 10, 1977.  My first job out of law school was at the Department of Corrections representing my clients on post-conviction [...]

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