Getting Post-Conviction Relief

Aaron Spolin

Award-winning Texas post-conviction relief attorney Aaron Spolin has strategies that win cases. His skilled legal team at Spolin Law P.C. fights to achieve success every time.

The appeals process at times can be quite tricky and hard to navigate. Getting a skillful appeals attorney who understands relevant laws and deadlines is vital to a successful court petition. Spolin Law P.C. is committed to providing dedicated assistance to our clients using our carefully crafted appellate strategy.

In analyzing each case, the process begins with:

1. Finding Mistakes and Errors At The Trial

If you did not receive a fair resolution in your original trial, attorney Aaron Spolin believes you deserve the chance to have it reviewed. He will begin the process by obtaining trial transcripts on the meticulous hunt for any legal irregularities that may warrant an appeal.

2. Making Sure Appropriate Laws Apply to the Case

The next step is identifying existing laws that may help challenge the terms of your sentencing or even the conviction overall. This also applies to changes in legislation introduced post conviction that may extend relief to defendants who originally might not have had the option.

3. Introducing New Evidence and Raising Additional Issues

In some cases, new evidence arises that calls a guilty verdict into question, and a request for the new information may be submitted.

4. Helping Clients Move Forward With Their Lives

The hardships for those who have been convicted do not stop at the prison walls. Upon release, they are faced with overwhelming discrimination in the job hunt and beyond. Spolin Law P.C. The hardships for those who have been convicted do not stop at the prison walls. Upon release, they are faced with overwhelming discrimination in the job hunt and beyond. Spolin Law P.C. hopes to ease the transition back into society with relief from probation, sealing of records, and reinstatement of revoked rights.

  1. Getting Post-Conviction Relief
  2. Filing Post-Conviction Relief Documents in Criminal Case
  3. Types of Post-Conviction Relief
  4. The Importance of a Post-Conviction Relief Lawyer

Filing Post-Conviction Relief Documents in Criminal Case

There are many forms of post-conviction relief, each with its own timelines and procedures. Failure to miss a deadline may cost you the chance at justice and fair judgment. For guidance on such deadlines, be sure to contact the team at Spolin Law and learn more about the urgency of your post-conviction relief efforts.

The post-conviction attorneys at Spolin Law have received many successful outcomes within Texas courts in our attempts to seek relief for our clients. To learn more about how we might be able to help your case contact Spolin Law P.C. at (866) 617-7158 for a free consultation regarding your case.

  1. Getting Post-Conviction Relief
  2. Filing Post-Conviction Relief Documents in Criminal Case
  3. Types of Post-Conviction Relief
  4. The Importance of a Post-Conviction Relief Lawyer

Types of Post-Conviction Relief

Attorneys Aaron Spolin and Don Nguyen discussing strategies

The post-conviction attorneys at Spolin Law P.C. will seek every avenue possible to achieve relief for a client.

In dealing with post-conviction relief work, it is important that you have someone on your side who thoroughly understands Texas laws and their application in the appellate process. In each case one, or often more than one, type of post-conviction relief may be available. Some of the most common types of relief that our attorneys work with and have the most success with include:

Motion to Withdraw a Plea

Oftentimes defendants take plea deals with a prosecutor, wrongfully pleading guilty or no contest. This often is a result of the defendant’s ineffective counsel that failed to explain the implications of such a decision. However, Texas Spolin Law attorneys can help to withdraw a plea if it can be shown that the defendant did not understand what they were agreeing to. Once the plea has been withdrawn, the defendant has a second chance to either go to trial or negotiate a new, fair plea deal.

Motion for a New Trial

If it is proved a defendant’s original trial was not properly conducted, they may petition the court to request a new trial. Oftentimes a motion for new trial may be granted in cases where there was clear prosecutorial misconduct or prejudice against the defendant that ultimately stripped them of their right to a fair trial. However, it is important to note that judges are often reluctant to grant this type of relief for fear of admitting fault in an unjust conviction.

Writ of Habeas Corpus

The writ of habeas corpus is oftentimes a last resort attempt at post-conviction relief and argues that the defendant has been illegally imprisoned. In building arguments for this motion, attorneys use anything from trial that indicates a significant error was made or new evidence that seriously questions the guilty verdict. If the writ is granted, the defendant will be released from custody.

Re-sentencing

A motion for resentencing attempts to alter the terms of a defendant’s original sentence. A change in sentencing is often used to request release from prison custody or probation.

Early Termination of Probation

While probation offers more freedom than incarceration, probation still poses a serious hindrance to reintegration after prison. The terms of a probation may limit an individual’s success in the job search or even travel out of state.

Commutation

If eligible, individuals may turn to a commutation for post-conviction relief. In granting a commutation of sentence, the Texas governor does not forgive the crime as they would in a pardon, but instead reduces a defendant’s sentence. Before exercising this power, the governor must receive a majority vote to recommend clemency from the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Expungement

Once completing the terms of their probation, defendants may expunge their conviction from their record. Because expungement doesn’t require a defendant’s conviction to be revealed to employers, no longer will they be held back by their past imprisonment. Certain crimes however like murder, child endangerment, aggravated kidnaping, human tracking, or any family offenses can not be expunged under Texas law.

Restoration of Gun Rights

Oftentimes the loss of gun rights comes with a criminal conviction in Texas. However, if you were not convicted for a felony or domestic violence, the Texas Spolin Law team can fight for their restoration. While rarer, gun rights may also be restored with a Governor’s pardon.

Sealing of Juvenile Records

With Texas’ Automatic Restoration of Access to Records system in place, once an individual turns 21, access to juvenile records may be automatically restricted (given that they have not committed criminal offenses since turning 17). Restricted records, while limited, are not destroyed or sealed. You may move to seal juvenile records to ensure no one has access to it, but it is important to note that those who:

  • Have committed crimes such as murder, indecency with a child, or sexual assult,
  • Have been registered as a sex offender,
  • Has a case that has moved to adult court, or
  • Has been deemed a habitual felony offender

are typically ineligible for the sealing of juvenile records.

  1. Getting Post-Conviction Relief
  2. Filing Post-Conviction Relief Documents in Criminal Case
  3. Types of Post-Conviction Relief
  4. The Importance of a Post-Conviction Relief Lawyer

The Importance of a Post-Conviction Relief Lawyer

Spolin Law legal team discussing with a client

The best post-conviction lawyers utilize key strategies to achieve success for their clients. Spolin Law P.C. works hard to help clients move forward with life.

The attorney you chose to guide you through the appellate process could make all the difference in the success of your post-conviction relief. Spolin Law P.C. is led by Aaron Spolin (Princeton, BA; UC Berkeley, JD), an award-winning criminal appeals attorney who has taken many relief cases before Texas courts.

The Spolin Law team know how to skillfully:

  • Apply the law to each case: Appeals is a tricky area of law that requires a holistic understanding of the laws that put defendants behind bars and the statutes that help them get out. Aaron Spolin and his team of legal professionals are all highly educated and know Texas state and federal law like the back of their hand.
  • Analyzing court records: In one of the most important stages of the appellate process (analyzing records), it’s vital that you have an experienced and knowledgeable team on your side. You need someone who will diligently and actively search through records to determine what mistakes were made in your case and what steps need to be taken to receive justice.
  • Helping clients reach their goals: Here at Spolin Law, we are committed to protecting your rights and getting you to where you want to be. We want you to understand that you have many post-conviction relief options that can help you achieve great things professionally and personally.

To learn about post-conviction relief options in your case, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Spolin Law P.C. for a free consultation. We are available at (866) 617-7158.