If you've been convicted of a crime you have a right to appeal your conviction in most cases. A Houston criminal appeals attorney may be able to get your conviction overturned if there is sufficient evidence to merit this outcome.
A criminal appeals lawyer will review your first court case to determine whether an event occurred that would make your conviction unjust. It's important to note, an appeal is not a new case. Rather, it is a review of the first case.
Criminal appeals attorneys generally look for procedural or legal mistakes that were made in the first case that resulted in your conviction. For example, your attorney may review jury instructions or how evidence was introduced. Mistakes during this period could render a jury verdict void.
In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.
An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic "road map" on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you've laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.
Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney's hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.
Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.
Flat fee: For "routine" legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.