Petition for Discretionary Review

My client came to me last year knowing that he wanted to challenge his conviction and 10-year sentence, but not really knowing where to start.

Following a few conversations with him, and after a preliminary review of his record, I learned that, because of a couple of procedural snafus, he was not afforded the right to file a petition for discretionary review (PDR) at the Court of Criminal Appeals.

The PDR he thought he filed languished in the mail for weeks and was not technically a PDR, but a request for an extension of time to file his PDR treated as a PDR.

When the CCA received it, it was denied. Recognizing the issues, I filed an 11.07 for Out of Time PDR to the CCA and explained the procedural quagmire that was his case.

The writ was granted, and I recently prepared and filed our client’s timely PDR.
Should my client’s PDR be denied at the CCA, the next step is to prepare and file an 11.07 Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus on his behalf.

We’re honest with our clients – post-conviction is hard.

It’s an elusive remedy with no guarantee. But we do guarantee that we’ll work diligently and skillfully to provide the best shot at relief.

I look forward to seeing this case through and will provide updates as our client journeys through the post-conviction process.

About The Attorney

Sarah Durham Criminal Defense and Criminal Appeal Attorney Abilene TX

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.


Attorney Sarah Durham works tirelessly to achieve the greatest possible results for each of our clients and their families. This is one of her 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.