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Facing Criminal Charges?
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Criminal Appeals Attorneys in Austin

Ensuring You Received a Fair Trial

Being convicted of an offense might not be the final decision in your case. You have the right to challenge the judgment and potentially have it reversed or a new trial ordered. The process is called an appeal, and it requires presenting an argument that states an error occurred during the initial proceedings that resulted in a guilty verdict. At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, our attorneys are here to guide you through the complexities involved in getting the court’s judgment overturned. Backed by extensive legal experience, we know how to develop compelling briefs to present to the appellate court reviewing your case.

Schedule a free consultation today by calling us at (512) 359-3743 or contacting us online.

The Grounds for an Appeal

When you appeal a decision, you might not be requesting a new trial[JT1]. Instead, you are asking a higher court to review a lower court’s judgment in light of an issue that occurred. Because an appeal is not the same thing as a trial, you cannot present any new evidence or witnesses to support your assertions. The appellate court’s determination is based on the testimony and evidence admitted at trial and on a brief you submit that states your claims, includes legal arguments, and refers to relevant case law.

An appeal must be based on legal or procedural errors, such as:

  • Constitutional violations
  • Misinterpreting or misapplying the law
  • Improperly instructing jurors
  • Permitting inadmissible evidence
  • Providing ineffective defense counsel
  • Allowing prosecutor misconduct
  • Wrongdoing committed by jurors

Our attorneys are skilled at crafting persuasive briefs, accurately showing that your Constitutional rights were violated or that something occurred during trial that should not have.

Reach Out to Us for a Free Consultation

At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we are committed to protecting the rights of individuals convicted of an offense. If you were found guilty, contact us as soon as possible so we can get started on your appeals case. Our Austin attorneys will answer your questions about the process and help you understand what to expect. When you hire us, we will thoroughly review the trial court’s transcript and relevant case law to develop a cogent brief to challenge the judgment or sentencing you received.

For dedicated and fierce representation, call us at (512) 359-3743 or contact us online.


[JT1]This is not quite right. A new trial is among the most common remedies requested on appeal.

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    “Having never been exposed to the criminal system, hiring an attorney was daunting task. Attorney Brad Vinson was informative, professional yet sympathetic with his approach to my case. Mr. Vinson was open to opinion and ensured that all legal avenues were considered and addressed before presenting a course of action. Ultiamtely, Mr. Vinson was able to negotiate a reasonable settlement dispite many hoops and hurdles presented by the prosecuting county. I would highly recommend Smith and Vinson for representation in a criminal matter.”

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    “Jarrod is an outstanding advocate for his clients. He is well versed in evidence and criminal law nuances, skills which allow him to level the playing field for his clients and make certain they get a fair chance at justice.”

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    “I would love to add my thanks and heart felt appreciation for the help that your law firm provided me. Before I met you guys my situation looked very bleak and quite honestly your dedication to my case really carried over this past year and the reward was not only one felony dismissal but two. Thank you from the Ramirez family, I will always be great full and you guys have earned a spot in my family. For anyone reading, this firm is second to NON, they know what there talking about and do exactly what they promise to do. Very professional, on time and and educate you along the whole process. I had alot to lose and you guys gave it all back to me and finally represented what true Justice is here in America. God bless you both and God bless your firm”

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