Houston Appeals & Constitutional Relief Lawyers

Hilder & Associates, P.C. handles appeals. From criminal convictions and U.S. Constitutional challenges known as federal habeas corpus claims, which not only requires mastery of direct appellate issues, but also investigation outside of the record for new evidence and new claims that can result in reversal and acquittal.

In federal habeas proceedings, Hilder & Associates, P.C. has successfully litigated numerous high profile death penalty cases: the Firm represented by James Rytting obtained relief in Miller v. Dretke and Moody v. Quarterman from the federal district court. In Fratta v. Quarterman, the Firm won there client a new trial. In Swearingen v. Thaler, a case that recently was the subject of an hour long documentary by television news journalist, Paula Zahn, (Discovery Investigates). The Firm fought off two execution dates by discovering new evidence that their client was actually innocent, and secured the extremely uncommon right to contest his client's case in a second (or successive) federal petition for habeas corpus. In Aldridge v. Thaler, the Firm secured a new trial for a client who had been incarcerated for 20 years on death row. Finally, in Prible v. Thaler, the Firm prevailed in federal district court to take the unusual step of halting federal proceedings to allow their client to file a second State application for relief.

Juries make mistakes. Innocent people get convicted. Even if your trial ended badly, that does not have to be the end of the story. Do not let the state throw away the key. Your case may be reversed through persistent research and investigation after a guilty judgment is returned.