If you are convicted of criminal offense in Texas, is the game over for you? No. If this happens to you, it is time to trust the unique skills of an experience appeals attorney. With any sentence in a criminal law case, Texas law permits you to appeal your sentence and conviction to a higher court.
Does an appeal keep me from going to jail?
Appealing your sentencing does not prevent you from the initial incarceration of your sentence, but it make overturn the conviction or the sentencing to release you from the original result of your case. In the appellate courts, your judgments may be successfully reversed or modified, which could release you from incarceration, or reduce your sentence. The appellate process is available to you, but be advised that it is often a lengthy and expensive process. Before a criminal defense trial lawyer agrees to appeal your case, he or she first evaluates your case to determine its potential for a successful appeal. This analysis may save you from throwing away time and money on an expensive appeal.
How does an appeal work?
Your attorney begins your appeal by filing a criminal law appeal or post-conviction writ. Grounds for this could be based on a wide array of challenges, such as-
- Admissibility of confessions
- Denial of right to speedy trial
- Discovery challenges
- Discriminatory jury selection
- Evidentiary matters
- Excessive bail
- Jurisdictional issues
- Legality of the arrest
- Improper jury instructions
- Suppression of evidence
- Sufficiency of the evidence to support a conviction
- Unconstitutionality of applied statute » Read more: Understanding the Criminal Defense Appeals Process