Timing Is Crucial
If you've been convicted of a crime in the state of Texas, it is vital that you consult with a criminal appeals attorney and start the appeal process as soon as possible. In many cases, the state will actually enforce specific time limits for filing a plea of appeal, so acting fast can help ensure your right to appeal a guilty verdict. Failure to file your appeal within the state-mandated timeframe can result in you losing any option to appeal your conviction, regardless of the circumstances of your case. In many cases, clients aren't even aware of the grounds of appeal that they can lean on to help overturn a conviction — so even if you don't believe you have a strong case for an appeal, you should still consult with a criminal appeals attorney so that they can properly evaluate your case and go over your options.
Criminal Appeals Are Not Like A Criminal Trial
In the state of Texas, an appeal is handled much differently than an actual criminal trial. In a criminal trial, lawyers will ask all the questions, and witnesses can testify for and against individuals. During an appeal case, witness testimony does not enter the equation, as courts will only review the testimonies presented at the criminal trial. The court of appeals can also review and overturn various decisions made by the judge during the criminal trial. Additionally, the criminal appeals court can also review the trial to decide whether or not your rights under the Texas Constitution and the U.S. Constitution were properly protected.
Ultimately, a criminal appeal case will require an experienced attorney that can review every last detail of your case and make a strong argument for your defense. This could be the last line of defense between you and a criminal conviction, so you can't afford to take any chances. Call The Law Office of Daniel Collins P.C. today to see how we can help make sure that you have every chance at having your appeal heard.