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Navigate Criminal Appeals with our Waco, Texas Lawyer

If you have been convicted of a crime in the state of Texas, your fight for justice may not end with the trial. If you believe that errors were made during your trial or that your rights were violated, you have the right to appeal your conviction. State and federal criminal appeals provide an opportunity for defendants to challenge their convictions and seek relief. At Pullan & Young, our criminal defense attorney can provide assistance in these cases and help you take the correct steps to challenge a wrongful conviction.

State Criminal Appeals

In Texas, the process of pursuing a criminal appeal begins by filing a notice of appeal within 30 days of the conviction or sentence. Once this notice is filed, a transcript of the trial proceedings is prepared by a court reporter.

The appellant's attorney then has the opportunity to prepare briefs setting forth the reasons why he or she believes that errors occurred at trial that warrant a reversal or modification of the conviction. These briefs present legal arguments supported by precedent and evidence from the trial record.

After reviewing these briefs and any responses from the prosecution, a three-judge appellate panel will consider all arguments presented before rendering a decision. The panel may decide to affirm the original conviction or reverse it based on errors made during the trial. If necessary a further appeal may be filed, and a case may be reviewed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Federal Criminal Appeals

If you were convicted in federal court in Texas, or if the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled against you, you may be able to file a federal appeal. The procedures followed in these cases may be more complex than state appeals because of the different standards set by federal statutes.

To initiate a federal criminal appeal after a conviction, similar steps must be taken as in state appeals, including filing a notice of appeal within 14 days of the entry of judgment. Once the notice of appeal is filed, a briefing schedule will be set by the appellate court. The appellant's attorney will then prepare a brief highlighting the errors made at trial that warrant reversal or modification of the sentence, citing relevant statutes, precedents, and evidence from the trial record. This brief must also address any potential procedural issues that may affect review in federal court. The government will have the opportunity to file a reply brief presenting counterarguments. Both parties' briefs are then presented to a panel of appellate judges who will consider all arguments before reaching a decision.

How Attorney Corey Young Can Help With Your Criminal Appeal

If you are considering pursuing an appeal in your criminal case, it is critical to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Corey Young has the knowledge and experience needed to pursue both state and federal appeals. He can assist with:

  • Appellate knowledge: Attorney Young understands the intricate details involved in navigating state and federal appellate courts. He stays abreast of the latest decisions and changes in legal procedures related to criminal appeals, ensuring that he can effectively represent his clients who pursue post-conviction relief.
  • Evaluating trial transcripts for errors: To build strong appellate arguments, Mr. Young meticulously reviews trial transcripts, exhibits, and motions filed during the trial process, looking for errors or violations committed by prosecutors or mistakes made by the presiding judge. Identifying these errors plays a critical role in having a conviction overturned or modified on appeal.
  • Filing briefs and building compelling legal arguments: The success of an appeal depends on crafting persuasive written arguments supported by relevant law and precedent. Attorney Young has honed his skills through years of practicing law, allowing him to effectively present complex legal issues while highlighting errors or constitutional violations that occurred during your trial.
  • Oral arguments: In some cases, you may have the opportunity to present oral arguments before a panel of appellate judges. These arguments allow Attorney Young to further address the legal issues in your case in person and respond to any questions or concerns the judges may have based on written briefs.
  • Collateral review proceedings: If your case progresses beyond direct appeal, Attorney Young can also provide representation in collateral review proceedings such as habeas corpus petitions or motions to vacate, set aside, or correct a sentence under 28 U.S.C. §2255. He will help you navigate these complex proceedings to ensure that your rights are protected and that all possible avenues for relief are fully explored.

Contact Our Waco Criminal Appeals Lawyer

If you believe that errors were made during your criminal trial in Waco, and you would like to pursue an appeal, do not hesitate to contact our firm. Attorney Corey Young can use his knowledge of state and federal criminal appeals to provide you with effective representation during our. Contact us today at 936-647-1540 to arrange a free consultation where we will evaluate your case and discuss possible strategies for seeking justice for you. From our office in Conroe, we represent clients in Waco and other parts of Texas.

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