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Criminal Appellate Work

Experienced East Texas Appellate Attorneys

After a decision has been made in a criminal trial by a judge or jury, the defendant has the right to have a ruling or guilty decision reviewed by an appellate court. This court has the authority to overturn the original determination if it finds that reversible and harmful errors were made by the original trial court. Appellate work is different from ordinary criminal defense and requires experienced attorneys who understand the appeals process.

At the law firm of Holmes & Moore, P.L.L.C., our lawyers have more than 90 years of combined experience in criminal defense and appellate work in Longview and East Texas. Our firm has obtained successful resolutions in both state and federal appellate courts and is skilled and knowledgeable about identifying issues that could be successful on appeal and pursuing those issues to achieve our clients' goals.

There may be many grounds for an appeal, including prosecutorial conduct, procedural violations, ineffective counsel, Constitutional violations and more. By hiring an experienced appellate attorney, you can ensure that your rights are protected to fullest extent of the law. Call Holmes & Moore today at 903-758-2200.

Board Certified Appellate Attorney on Staff

Holmes & Moore, P.L.L.C. lawyer Gena Bunn is a Board Certified lawyer that is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Appellate law. Ms. Bunn is a former Chief of the Post-conviction Litigation Division of the Texas Attorney General's office and has argued cases before the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Bunn is a specialist in Appellate law, and has directly handled hundreds of appeals in both state and federal appeals courts. Reasons to consider a Board Certified lawyer can be found here.

Reasons to Hire an Appellate Attorney

In many cases, a criminal defendant may assume that it is best to let the original trial attorney prepare and handle an appeal, since that attorney will presumably understand the case better than a new attorney. However, appellate work requires an understanding of the procedures and issues that arise during appellate work — skills that many attorneys do not regularly use. Appellate lawyers rely more on written arguments and analysis of the original trial record and law. They have to understand the nuances of appellate law. Hiring an appellate lawyer is the best way to ensure that your appeal has the greatest opportunity for success.

Deadlines for Filing an Appeal

There are strict deadlines for filing an appeal in the state of Texas. The amount of time you have to file an appeal will depend on many factors. It is important to contact an experienced attorney promptly.

For instance, you must file an appeal 30 days after a criminal sentence is imposed or suspended in open court. The same holds true if the court enters another appealable error. If the defendant files a motion for a new trial after a criminal sentence is imposed or suspended in open court, that deadline is extended to 90 days.

By contacting an appellate attorney immediately after your trial has ended or the error occurred, you can ensure that these deadlines will be met and that your representation will begin right away. Our firm will help you understand your options and will be honest with you about your chances for success.

Contact us at Holmes & Moore to learn more about our appellate representation. Call 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 903-758-2200. Spanish language services are available.