If you have been convicted of a crime in a Texas criminal court, legal options may be available to you for post-conviction relief, such as filing an appeal. Appeals can be complex matters and generally require an approach that differs from an initial criminal defense case. That is why it is in your best interest to consult with an attorney who understands the complexities and nuances of the appellate process.
At LaHood Norton Law Group, you can work with a San Antonio appeals attorney who has extensive experience handling these types of cases in state and federal courts. Members of our team are Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, which distinguishes them as legal experts with the highest levels of knowledge and training attainable. You can rest assured that your appeals case will be in skilled hands from start to finish.
Appealing a criminal conviction consists of asking a higher court to review the lower court’s decision by inspecting various aspects of the case for mistakes. An appeal is not a new trial and no new evidence may be submitted to the higher court. The higher court’s duty is to review the record of the lower court’s proceedings. It will also review the written briefs submitted by your appeals attorney as well as those submitted by the state’s attorney.
Your appeals attorney’s brief will present arguments about the legal errors that led to the faulty findings or sentencing. The state’s attorney will present arguments as to why the findings should be upheld. Both sides also have the chance to present oral arguments to the court.
If the higher court finds mistakes that affected the outcome of the case, such as the jury’s findings or the court’s sentencing, it may:
If you want to find out if your case can or should be appealed, LaHood Norton Law Group has the knowledge, experience, and legal skills you need. Keep in mind that you must decide whether to appeal in a timely manner following your trial.