State Counsel for Offenders
Civil Commitment Appeals
Attorneys in this section review the court records and transcripts of SVP civil commitment trials to determine whether the trial court committed reversible error. Under appropriate circumstances, attorneys may file post-trial motions and appellate briefs on behalf of those indigent persons civilly committed under the SVP Act.
Attorneys in this section will represent offenders in the appeal of criminal convictions arising from cases that were handled by the Criminal Defense section. An experienced appellate attorney will prepare the appeal, including identifying appellate issues, preparing legal briefs, and presenting oral argument before appellate courts.
Sometimes errors of a constitutional dimension are made in an offender's criminal conviction. The attorney will research the case to determine whether there are valid, provable legal reasons to file an application for a writ of habeas corpus to set aside or modify the conviction or sentence.
Time issues will sometimes require an application for a writ of habeas corpus when the issue cannot be resolved at the local court level. The attorney will research the case to determine whether there are valid, provable legal reasons to file an application on these issues.
Legal Assistants (Time Specialists) handle the following areas
Time Questions - Claims of jail time not being credited to an offender's sentence will be investigated. Information or assistance also can be given in reference to flat time, good conduct time, educational time, and work time credit. Additionally, information or assistance may be provided on the SAFP-TF program, Prison Management Act (PMA), and State Jail convictions.