Appeals and writs are two important legal tools that can be used to challenge a criminal conviction or sentence. An appeal is a formal request made by the defendant to a higher court to review a trial court’s rulings, decisions, or judgment. During an appeal, the appellate court will review the legal procedures, evidence, and other aspects of the trial court’s decision to determine if any legal errors occurred. If an error is found, the appellate court may reverse or modify the lower court’s decision.
Writs, on the other hand, are requests made to a higher court asking for relief or intervention in a legal matter. In Texas, writs are often used to challenge a conviction or sentence based on issues such as ineffective assistance of counsel, prosecutorial misconduct, or newly discovered evidence. The most common writ in Texas is the writ of habeas corpus, which allows a person to challenge their detention or imprisonment.
Both appeals and writs can be complex and require a deep understanding of the law and legal procedures. Click on one of the following links for information on examples of appeals and writs: