Experienced Texas Federal Appellate Lawyer
Our criminal attorneys can represent individuals in criminal appeal cases such as tax evasion, drug possession or distribution, insurance fraud, medical fraud, racketeering and financial crimes. Our law firm is licensed in all of this country’s appeals courts and therefore it has the capacity to handle litigation that may require movement from one state to another.
Our attorneys have perfected their skills in legal research after working for several years as law clerks or prosecutors. This explains the detailed content of legal briefs and writs prepared by our firms attorneys.
The Texas Courts of Appeal is a judicial system consisting of a set of fourteen appellate courts. The Courts of Appeal do not retry cases or hear testimony; rather, they rule on an appeal based on the record from the original trial or proceeding. The issues for review can range from incorrect application of a law and incorrect admissibility of evidence to insufficient evidence, and in rare cases, the ineffective assistance of trial counsel.
Our attorneys file a written argument known as a brief detailing the issues, which includes challenges to the trail court findings or rulings, precedents set by previous court rulings, and applicable statutes. The opposing party then files a responsive brief. After the briefs have been filed, the case is assigned to a panel of justices. An oral argument may sometimes be scheduled, which gives both parties an opportunity to argue their positions and the appellate judges to question attorneys on the issues raised.
After reviewing the brief and oral argument, a decision is reached, and a written statement known as an opinion is then filed. In a state appeal, decisions taken by the Courts of Appeal can be subject to discretionary review by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. In federal cases, decisions based on the U.S Constitution and federal statutes may be subject to discretionary review by the US Supreme Court.
If the appellant has lost an appeal, he/she has the chance to move up the legal chain and file for post-conviction relief. This is a long process, especially for serious felonies, but one worth pursuing to challenge guilty verdicts and rectify violations of constitutional rights. Contact a Texas criminal appeal lawyer (855) 776-2773.