Direct Appeals (State and Federal)

A direct appeal asks a higher court to review the legality of your conviction or sentence. A direct appeal referee to the process of appealing your conviction for a crime. Under federal law and the laws of every state, you have the legal right to appeal your case to a higher court if you do not agree with the decision of the court trying your case, or with the jury verdict.


In federal court, a direct appeal is taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the circuit that has jurisdiction over the federal district in which you were convicted.

Why Appeal Your Case?

You may appeal your case to the appellate court for review when you are convicted of a crime (either the Circuit Court of Appeals for your region, or the Texas Court of Appeals). Your attorney will submit a written brief to the appeals court detailing the reasons for your appeal to begin the process. If the appeals court accepts the brief (or in some cases after a summon of the attorney based on oral argument), the court may either refer the case to the trail court for corrections and/or adjustment of the sentence, or overturn the conviction.


When facing legal matters of any kind, your career and your reputation could be on the line. As such, having the assistance of a lawyer who is well-versed in criminal law and appeals can be invaluable.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Today

If you feel that you have been wrongfully convicted of a crime, contact the zealous criminal defense attorneys of Sampson & Bové, LLC at (713) 337-1420. You cannot afford to take chances with your legal representation or future, and our legal team can help make sure you receive the protection you need.