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12-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, a juvenile criminal record can be sealed in two ways:  (1) automatically restricted to everyone except criminal justice agencies; and (2) permanently sealed and concealed from all.  The…

11-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, sexting crimes committed by minors and adults are treated differently, with different laws used to prosecute minors versus adults and differing penalties as well. Minor Sexting Texas’ law…

10-05-2016 - Legal Updates

The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, who received probation for killing four people while driving drunk, made the grave error of trying to help her son escape more trouble…

09-05-2016 - Legal Updates

Typically, federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over federal offenses and state courts have exclusive jurisdiction over state offenses.   In some cases, certain crimes can qualify as both federal and state…

06-05-2016 - Legal Updates

  Texas passed a stand your ground law in 2007, which allows for the use of force “when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately…

05-05-2016 - Fraud

A Watertown, Massachusetts, man has been convicted of securities fraud after a federal jury in Boston found him guilty of profiting from an insider trading tip he received on a…


A conviction or harsh sentence does not mean the fight is over. The United States Constitution guarantees the right to an appeal, which involves asking a higher court to review the lower court’s conviction. An appeal can lead to reversal of a conviction for any number or reasons. The trial court may have committed a legal error that impacted the result of the trial, the prosecution may have failed to bring sufficient evidence to legally support a conviction, or your prior lawyers may have made a mistake that denied you a fair trial.

The Appeal Process

An appellate court will review your case by looking at the record of the proceedings in the lower court. In other words, no new evidence will be considered. The record from your trial will include the court reporter’s transcripts of the proceedings, which details everything said by the judge, you, the attorneys, and the witnesses. Any pieces of evidence, such as records or objects that were admitted into evidence at trial, are also part of the record. The appellate court reviews the record as well as the written briefs submitted by both sides in the appeal. Dan Cogdell has drafted numerous persuasive appellate briefs as evidenced by his successful track record. He has the ability to focus the appellate court on why your conviction or sentence was legally incorrect. Additionally, if oral arguments are allowed, Dan Cogdell is known for his abilities in the courtroom. There are numerous options for obtaining relief after a criminal conviction, but you must act quickly to preserve your right to appeal.

Contact an Appellate Attorney That Will Fight for You

The attorneys at the Cogdell Law Firm have successfully briefed and argued appeals in the various Courts of Appeal in the State of Texas and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. If you or a loved one has been wrongly convicted or given an unjustified sentence, you should contact us to schedule a consultation and discuss how we can assist you appeal your case and obtain the justice you deserve.