Sentencing

Is That a Real Knife?

February 4, 2011

A Texas criminal appeals lawyer will tell you that prosecutors often allege the use or exhibition of a deadly weapon during the offense for three reasons.  Those reasons concern the available range of punishment, parole eligibility, and eligibility for community supervision.  A lawyer with an emphasis on criminal appeals will be able to determine whether [...]

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Challenging a Guilty Plea

January 6, 2011

What can a criminal appeals lawyer do to help you if you pled guilty to the accusation against you?  As with most questions of law, the answer depends on the facts.  A Texas criminal appeals lawyer can help you determine if you have legitimate grounds to challenge your guilty plea. Constitutional Requirements In order to [...]

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Bail Pending a Criminal Appeal

December 10, 2010

There are tremendous advantages to remaining free while a criminal conviction is on appeal.  The most obvious advantages include not having to report to prison immediately and being allowed to remain with friends and family during the criminal appeal process. Actor Wesley Snipes recently sought a month’s delay before he begins serving a three-year sentence [...]

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Communicating The Plea Offer, or “I Thought I Told You About That”

December 5, 2010

Plea bargaining is a fact of life in the criminal justice system.  Over 90% of all criminal prosecutions are resolved by means of a plea agreement between the prosecution and the defense. Plea bargaining can be an ongoing process with multiple plea offers over a protracted period of time.  Once an agreement is reached between [...]

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