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Decisions made by trial court judges – or juries – are not the final determination of any criminal conviction. Every criminal defendant that faces a guilty verdict has the right to appeal that decision to a reviewing court. Here in Texas, there are two levels of appellate courts: the Courts of Appeal, which are the regional reviewing courts, and the Court of Criminal Appeals, which is the highest state appellate court for criminal matters (the Texas Supreme Court hears only civil cases).
Criminal appeals can be taken to the federal courts, as well. Federal civil rights violations, as well as other federal law infringements, can be reviewed by federal appellate courts, making their way through the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (which covers all of Texas, as well as Louisiana and Mississippi) to the United States Supreme Court.
How Dallas Criminal Appeals Attorney Michael Lowe Can Help
Texas criminal defense lawyers routinely advise their clients that just because their case has been tried and they have been sentenced – it does not mean the case is over. Many criminal matters are appealed and many criminal defendants are freed and vindicated by reviewing courts.
Criminal lawyer Michael Lowe routinely handles both state and federal appeals for clients across the state of Texas. In addition, attorney Michael Lowe handles state and federal writs of habeas corpus and new trial motions.
As a criminal appellate attorney, Mr. Lowe has appealed numerous criminal cases in both Texas appellate courts, as well as before appearing before the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Whether it’s a Texas Section 11.07 Writ of Habeas Corpus or a federal §2254 or §2255 Writ of Habeas Corpus, Michael Lowe stands ready to fight back.
In fact, some of criminal lawyer Michael Lowe’s appellate victories have changed Texas criminal law. For example, in a 2005 Texas criminal matter, attorney Lowe asked for review by the Edinburg appellate court (Cause No. 13-04-250-CV). On behalf of his client, Lowe argued that (1) the trial court made an error by not conducting a hearing on the issue of whether it is in the best interest of justice to grant the defendant’s request that a prior felony theft charge not be revealed in the new criminal matter; and (2) the evidence was insufficient to support the trial court judge’s decision not to keep that prior charge out of the new case. Michael Lowe’s arguments were successful, the reviewing court agreed that the trial judge had made an error, and the Court of Appeals reversed the trial judge’s decision. (See, 170 S.W.3d 836.)
If you believe that criminal appellate attorney Michael Lowe can be of help to you, please schedule a free, initial consultation with him at your earliest convenience. Appellate matters have many deadlines which can bar arguments if they are not met: do not delay in having your case reviewed by a higher court.
Dallas criminal defense attorney Michael Lowe is available to help individuals who are being accused, investigated, or charged with crimes in the Dallas metroplex area. For a free legal consultation, please call (214) 526-1900, to schedule an appointment to visit with criminal lawyer Michael Lowe.