Helpful Answers from a Texas Criminal Appeals Lawyer

by allenrogers on 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 Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The points most frequently presented in criminal appeals include: sufficiency of the evidence; jury charge error; erroneous admission of evidence; erroneous exclusion of evidence; and improper jury argument.

Do I have to be able to prove my innocence in order to have a criminal appeal?

No, you don’t have to prove innocence in order to pursue a criminal appeal.  Once a judge or a jury has returned a finding of guilt, the criminal appeals process involves reviewing the trial to be sure the rules were followed and the trial was fair as required by the Constitutions of both Texas and the United States.

Can I still appeal even if someone identified me in court?

Yes, you can still present your case to a criminal appeals court even if you were identified in court.  Many errors occur in court which can be addressed by a criminal appeals court.  Evidence from identification testimony, fingerprints, or DNA does not detract from the fact most criminal trials include errors.  Sometimes the strength of the evidence presented at trial will impact the way a criminal appeals court will decide a case.

Why do I need a Texas criminal appeals lawyer to appeal my conviction?

The law is largely a reflection of our society.  As we become more sophisticated and complex, the law does as well.  Very few lawyers today have the ability to keep up with all the changes in every area of the law.  Most lawyers specialize in an area because it is of interest to them, they are good in that area, and can make a living practicing that type of law.    Fortunately, all of the above apply to my practice and I welcome new clients.

There are complex rules of law and procedure which must be followed in every criminal appeal or post-conviction habeas corpus matter.  If you have a criminal appeals problem, you need an experienced lawyer who will provide the best possible representation before a criminal appeals court.

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