Blizzard and Zimmerman partner Jacob Blizzard has been selected a Super Lawyer Texas Rising Star. Jacob is recognized by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a criminal law and criminal appeal specialist and Capital Murder Appellate List Qualified, 7th Judicial Region of Texas. According to Super Lawyers, he received the Texas…

In case you missed it amidst the distractions of 2020, the Supreme Court decided Ramos v. Louisiana in April of last year. I mention it now to underscore the importance of the recent Supreme Court decision in Edwards v. Vannoy. In Ramos, the Court held that a defendant in a state criminal case has the…

We do get questions from time to time about what a board certified attorney is. Here at Blizzard and Zimmerman, Jacob Blizzard is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Specialization for not only Criminal Law but also Criminal Appellate law. These are two related but separate areas of law. But what does Board Certified…

Hello again, and today, I wanted to talk to you about another issue that can be fought in post-conviction relief: juvenile certifications. Suppose someone has been tragically sentenced to a lifetime or a very long period of time in prison when that person was actually just a child. That person was 16 years old or…

Many innocent people are tragically convicted and sent to prison, so today I decided to write about some statistics about exonerations in cases and just how proficient the system is at putting innocent people in prison. Many times throughout my practice I’ve seen that there are many people who are exonerated and there are some…

Hello There. Today I would like to write about the 11.07 writ process as it pertains to immigration consequences and how those things might lead to relief for you. If you were not a citizen in the United States or you were here on permanent residency status, that fact may have been affected by your…

Attorney conflicts of interest is a smaller known claim that relates to ineffective assistance of counsel on an 11.07 Writ of Habeas Corpus. In terms of ineffective assistance of counsel, this means that the attorney might have had a conflict of interest, meaning they represented some adverse party previously, or at the same time. This…

Ineffective assistance of counsel as it pertains to your trial attorney’s advice on parole eligibility is a very important topic in the field of post-conviction relief. So today, so I’m writing about it and how this ground may be able to help your case. As you may know, there are different parole eligibility options for…

There are a few lesser-known grounds in an 11.07 Writ that are very important to know about. You’ve heard me talk a lot of times about some of the most common grounds: ineffective assistance of counsel, prosecutorial misconduct, due process violations. Well, today I wanted to write about a few of the lesser-known grounds that…

Gathering records is the first step of the writ process. The process can sometimes be tedious and frustrating. Thankfully, there is a method to the madness. In this blog post, we will provide details on how to navigate those waters. The records that you want to obtain are: The record on appeal. The defense file. The…

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