RESULTS: New Trial – Organized Criminal Activity

Our client gets a new trial after he was convicted of engaging in organized criminal activity and sentenced to 54 years in prison.

We filed an 11.07 application for a writ of habeas corpus seeking an out-of-time appeal because the client’s trial attorney failed to file a notice of appeal.

The trial court recommended granting the late appeal; the Court of Criminal Appeals agreed and granted the 11.07 application.

Result: The cause was remanded to the trial court where we filed a Motion for New Trial, which was granted by the trial court in January 2021.

– December 2020

About The Attorneys

Jacob Blizzard Board Certified AttorneySarah Durham Criminal Defense and Criminal Appeal Attorney Abilene TX

Jacob Blizzard is board certified in both criminal law and criminal appellate law.

He regularly practices in the areas of state and federal criminal defense, criminal appeals, post conviction writs of habeas corpus.

In Texas, there are more than 100,000 attorneys licensed to practice, but only 7,450 are board certified. In the entire State of Texas, as of the 2019 certification year, there were only 87 attorneys board certified in both criminal law and criminal appellate law, making criminal defense attorney Jacob Blizzard one of 0.087% of attorneys in Texas to hold both of those certifications.

Criminal defense attorney Sarah Durham’s practice focuses on appellate advocacy.

She is passionate about the research and writing intrinsic to appellate and post-conviction writ work. She frequently uses her skills, including attention to detail and presenting the complex as comprehensible, when advocating for her clients.

On a given week, she may write a brief to one of the fourteen intermediate courts of appeals throughout Texas or submit a petition for discretionary review to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Sarah also focuses on and can often be found working on post-conviction writs of habeas corpus, including 11.07; new evidence; and other extraordinary writs for post-conviction relief.


Attorneys Jacob Blizzard and  Sarah Durham work tirelessly to achieve the greatest possible results for each of our clients and their families. This is a selection of one of our many successful results, settlements, and verdicts. Every case and client is unique and depends upon the individual facts and circumstances of each case. Clients may or may not obtain the same or similar results in each case.