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11.07 writ of habeas corpus explained

A Texas 11.07 writ of habeas corpus is a legal procedure used to seek relief for individuals who are incarcerated in Texas state prisons. This writ is a post-conviction remedy that allows prisoners to challenge the legality of their detention. Here are the key reasons why an 11.07 writ of habeas corpus is used to seek freedom from prison:

Use Of The 11.07 Writ

  1. Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
    One of the most common grounds for filing an 11.07 writ of habeas corpus is the claim that the prisoner (your loved one) received ineffective assistance of counsel. This means that their defense attorney’s performance was so deficient that it violated the person’s right to a fair trial.
  2. Constitutional Violations
    The 11.07 writ can be used to address constitutional violations that occurred during the trial or sentencing.
    This includes issues such as:
    – Ineffective assistance of counsel.
    – Violation of due process rights.
    – Prosecutorial misconduct, such as withholding exculpatory evidence (Brady violations).
  3. New Evidence
    An 11.07 writ can be filed if new evidence emerges that could potentially exonerate the prisoner. This new evidence must be significant enough to raise doubts about the validity of the conviction.
  4. Changes in Law
    If there have been changes in the law that could affect the legality of the prisoner’s conviction or sentence, an 11.07 writ of habeas corpus can be used to seek relief. This includes changes in legal interpretations or new precedents set by higher courts.
  5. Jurisdictional Issues
    The writ can be used to challenge the jurisdiction of the court that handed down the conviction. For example, if the court did not have proper authority to try the case, the conviction can be contested.
  6. Procedural Errors
    Procedural errors that occurred during the trial, such as improper jury instructions or the admission of inadmissible evidence, can be grounds for an 11.07 writ of habeas corpus.
  7. Unlawful Sentences
    If the sentence imposed is illegal or exceeds the statutory maximum, an 11.07 writ can be used to seek correction of the sentence or release from prison.

How Does The 11.07 Writ of Habeas Corpus Process Work?

There are several stages in the working of the 11.07 Writ Process. Also be aware there are critical timelines that also must be adhered to.

  1. Filing the Petition: The prisoner (or their attorney) files a petition for an 11.07 writ of habeas corpus with the convicting court.
  2. Court Review: The convicting court reviews the petition and may conduct a hearing to examine the claims.
  3. Recommendations: The convicting court makes recommendations and forwards the case to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA).
  4. Final Decision: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reviews the petition and the convicting court’s recommendations, and makes the final decision on whether to grant relief.

Importance of Legal Assistance

Filing an 11.07 writ of habeas corpus is a complex legal process that requires a thorough understanding of legal principles and procedural rules. Therefore, it is crucial for prisoners seeking relief to have experienced legal counsel to navigate the process effectively and present compelling arguments on their behalf. That said, you may also draft and present a writ on your own, you don’t have to be a lawyer to do it.

However, you have to do it the right way to increase your chances of success.

If you are wanting to do this on your own we have a complete set of free informational videos on the process on our YouTube Channel: Winning Freedom for the Incarcerated in Texas. We also have a free private and moderated Facebook group that you may join to learn more and also connect with other families who are interested in seeking freedom for their loved one. Winning Freedom from Texas Prisons. Also beware of scammers who prey on families who are desperate for their loved one’s freedom.

Your Best Chance for Freedom – Free Screening

Overall, the 11.07 writ of habeas corpus is a vital tool for addressing miscarriages of justice and ensuring that individuals are not wrongfully detained in Texas state prisons.

The post conviction attorneys of Blizzard and Zimmerman work tirelessly to achieve the greatest possible results for each of our clients and their families utilizing the 11.07 writ of habeas corpus. Every case and client is unique and depends upon the individual facts and circumstances of each case. Not every writ is successful, however we believe it provides the best chance for freedom from prison for your loved one. Reach out to us today for a free screening so we can learn more about their Texas case to see if we can help.