An Experience Appellate Attorney for Criminal and Family Appeals
Taking cases to the top to protect your rights
I’m Bill Baskette — family law attorney, criminal defense lawyer, former district court judge, former prosecutor and founder of the Law Office of Bill Baskette. For more than 30 years, in various ways, I’ve served your interests and the interests of all Texans through professional, personal representation. If you´ve received a decision in a case that you don´t think is fair, you need to act quickly to protect your rights and appeal the decision. I can help.
Judges and attorneys both make errors — an appeal can fix them
An appeal is a procedure where the losing party in a case in the District Court asks an appeals court to overturn — or correct — the judgment of the lower court — typically called the trial court. Sometimes these appeals are “permissive” — they’re allowed by the appeals court’s choice — and sometimes they’re “appeals of right” — meaning that you have the right to appeal no matter what, such as appealing a criminal conviction.
Why would I appeal? What does it mean?
Typically, when I help a client on an appeal, there’s a complex issue of law involved. Sometimes there’s a fact that was improperly determined. Fact appeals are rare because appeals courts give deference to the facts determined by the lower courts, whether by a judge or a jury. Questions of law, though, are not given this deference. As an experienced appellate attorney in San Antonio, I can help take care of the legal issues that might have been misinterpreted by the trial court here or throughout Texas.
You don’t have to wait until the end of a case to appeal, either. Sometimes appeals can be from pre-trial court orders, such as suppression of evidence. I take these very seriously, as they can often make or break a case, particularly in criminal matters. Appeals taken before a trial are called “interlocutory appeals” and they’re the permissive kind.
What happens in the appellate court?
When you bring a potential appeal to me, I review it to determine if I think there’s a good chance of success on appeal. As a straight talker, I let you know if I think there’s a winning argument or if you don’t have a lick of hope.
If we can move forward with an appeal, there are a few key things. First, appeals courts rarely hear new evidence and don’t allow us to argue the case again. They don’t care about that — they care about the written record from the trial court, briefs the attorneys submit and oral argument. The Law Office of Bill Baskette has over 30 years of experience in preparing briefs and oral argument. The appellate judges hear the argument, read the briefs and look over the record (the documentation) about the case in the trial court. They then either affirm (agree with the decision), reverse (disagree and tell the trial court judge to reconsider something) or modify (essentially, agree and disagree).
Helping clients with family and criminal appeals throughout Texas.
I’m Bill Baskette, San Antonio appellate attorney. I’m happy to review your case to see if you have a good appeal, and if things look good I may be able to argue the case in the Court of Appeals or all the way to the Texas Supreme Court or the Court of Criminal Appeals. Judges and juries do make mistakes and I am here to give the appellate courts a compelling reason to side with you. Contact me today with a free email inquiry about how I can defend you or call my office at 210.930.1200.
My office is downtown, directly across from the Bexar County Courthouse, with plenty of street and lot parking within two blocks. I offer weekend and evening hours by appointment.