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 statute.
Criminal Appeals: Attorneys in this section will represent offenders in the appeal of criminal convictions arising from cases that were handled in the Criminal Defense section. An experienced appellate attorney will prepare the appeal, including identifying appellate issues, preparing legal briefs, and arguing before appellate courts.
Appellate Writs: Sometimes errors of a constitutional dimension are made in an offender's criminal conviction, including a free-world criminal case. The attorney can research the case to see if there are valid, provable legal reasons to file a writ of habeas corpus to set aside or modify the conviction or sentence.
Time Writs: Time issues will sometimes need a writ filed when the issue cannot be resolved at the local court level. The attorney will research the case to see if there are valid, provable legal reasons to file a writ 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 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.
Paroles and Mandatory Supervision - Assistance may be given to offenders with parole and mandatory supervision eligibility questions.
Shock Probation and Time Cuts - Forms and directions may be provided to offenders who want to apply for shock probation or a time-cut.