CRIMINAL APPEALS

Most criminal defense lawyers only have experience handling cases in trial courts. These “trial” lawyers do not devote their time to studying appellate court opinions, the rules of appellate procedure, the process of practicing in the courts of appeals, or being an appellate advocate. Houston Criminal Appeal Attorney Steven J. Lieberman has devoted his 25 year career to studying the law, and staying up to date on current trends in the law as well as the rules and practices of the appellate courts.

The unfortunate reality is that many individuals charged with a crime do not receive a fair trial because errors are committed by the courts, overzealous prosecutors, and in too many cases incompetent defense counsel. Houston Criminal Appeal Attorney Steven J. Lieberman will use his skill to advocate for a new trial to those individuals denied a fair trial.

POST-TRIAL MOTIONS IN STATE COURT

Although not a prerequisite to filing an appeal, some errors can be raised in a motion for new trial filed in the trial court after conviction. If hired in a timely manner, a lawyer can file a motion for new trial. The motion for new trial must be filed no later than 30 days after the court imposes sentence.

DIRECT APPEALS

A defendant has a right to appeal a conviction and/or sentence in state and federal cases. In Texas there are two reviewing courts: the Court of Appeals (the intermediate appellate court) and the Court of Criminal Appeals (the highest court). In federal cases in Texas, there are two reviewing courts: the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, La. (the intermediate court) and the United States Supreme Court (the highest court).

In both state and federal cases there are strict time limits for filing a notice of appeal. Houston Criminal Appeal Attorney Steven J. Lieberman is experienced in all phases of appeal, from motion for new trial through discretionary review to the Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Contact Criminal Appeals Attorney Steven J. Lieberman to discuss your appellate rights by calling 713-909-0201

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