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Leaders In Appealing Prior Convictions Throughout Texas

Appealing a prior conviction is not easy, but we at Valenzuela Law Firm can often make it possible. As trial-tested litigators, we have appeared before state and federal appellate courts throughout Texas. Our acumen and skill in complex appeals have given us a reputation as one of El Paso’s leading criminal law firms. Felix Valenzuela, our founding attorney, is a graduate of Yale Law School and has been selected as a Super Lawyer.

Knowledgeable Guides And Advocates Through The Appeals Process

In Texas, people convicted of a criminal offense have the right to file an appeal to determine whether the evidence was sufficient to warrant a conviction. There are two broad categories for appellate cases:

  1. State appeals: Each case appears before three court of appeals judges who vote on a decision. A successful appeal requires a 2-1 majority. If you lose, you might have a chance to file an appeal with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
  2. Federal appeals: Federal cases appear before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. The only other option following an unfavorable ruling is the U.S. Supreme Court, which rarely hears criminal cases.

The process for filing an appeal is convoluted and often fraught with challenges; some appeals can take months to years. You will need skilled attorneys like us who have a record of success in both state- and federal-level appeals.

Do Not Give Up – File An Appeal

You might have only one chance to get an appeal right – or live with a conviction for the rest of your life. When so much is at stake, contact Valenzuela Law Firm to get criminal defense representation on which you can rely. Call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 915-292-3173 or send us an email to set up an initial consultation. Hablamos español.