RESULTS: Conviction Overturned

Our client had pled guilty to Possession of Marijuana in a Drug-Free Zone for 5 years’ confinement.

Due to ineffective assistance of counsel and bad parole advice, the client was not aware that his charge would require him to serve 5 years without parole.

Attorneys Sarah Durham and Jacob Blizzard filed an 11.07 writ application.

In the writ application, they alleged ineffective assistance of counsel and an involuntary plea.

They obtained favorable findings from the trial court.

The client’s conviction was overturned by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and he was freed from prison.

– February 2021

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 Mr. Blizzard one of 0.087% of attorneys in Texas to hold both of those certifications.

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.