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Fort Worth, Texas – Criminal Defense lawyer represented defendant with appealing from the judgment adjudicating him guilty of sexual assault of a child under seventeen charge.
D Kendrik Moore filed a pro se notice of appeal from the trial court’s
judgment adjudicating him guilty of sexual assault of a child under seventeen years of
age. See Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 22.011(a)(2). The trial court sentenced him to two
years’ confinement in accordance with an agreement in which Moore pled true to the
allegations in the State’s petition to proceed to adjudication in exchange for the State’s
two-year punishment recommendation. Moore signed written plea admonishments
that included a waiver of the right of appeal.
The trial court’s certification of Moore’s right to appeal states that this “is a
plea-bargain case, and the defendant has NO right of appeal.” See Tex. R. App. P.
25.2(a)(2). Based on the certification, we notified Moore that his appeal would be
dismissed unless, within ten days, he or any party desiring to continue the appeal filed
a response showing grounds for continuing it. See Tex. R. App. P. 25.2(a)(2), (d), 44.3.
More than ten days have passed, and the only response we have received was a slightly
The written admonishments informed Moore that “[a] motion to revoke your
community supervision or a petition to proceed to adjudication has been filed in
which you are charged with a violation of the conditions of your community
supervision” and that “[t]he punishment agreement is: 2 years TDC.” In that
document, Moore agreed that he was aware of the consequences of his plea and that
he “g[a]ve up and waive[d] any and all rights of appeal.” Under a section titled
“Judicial Confession,” Moore swore that he “enter[ed] [his] plea of true to each and
every act alleged” in the State’s petition.
modified version of Moore’s notice of appeal on which he had written some citations
to authority, none of which have any apparent application to this case.
Rule 25.2(a)(2) does not restrict a defendant’s right of appeal when he pleads
true to one or more allegations in a petition to adjudicate. See Tex. R. App. P.
25.2(a)(2); Hargesheimer v. State, 182 S.W.3d 906, 911–12 (Tex. Crim. App. 2006)
(concluding that a case in which a defendant pleads true to allegations in a motion to
adjudicate is not a plea-bargain case under rule 25.2(a)(2)); see also Dears v. State,
154 S.W.3d 610, 613 (Tex. Crim. App. 2005) (“[Rule 25.2(a)(2)] refers only to plea
bargains with regard to guilty pleas, not pleas of true on revocation motions.”).
However, Moore’s waiver of his right of appeal is binding because he signed the
waiver and pled true in exchange for the State’s punishment recommendation, and the
trial court followed the recommendation. See Blanco v. State, 18 S.W.3d 218, 219–
20 (Tex. Crim. App. 2000); Jackson v. State, 168 S.W.3d 239, 242–43 (Tex. App.—Fort
Worth 2005, no pet.).
Outcome: Because Moore waived his right to appeal the trial court’s
adjudication judgment, we dismiss his appeal.