This is a post-conviction application for a writ of habeas corpus forwarded to this Court pursuant to Article 11.07, V.A.C.C.P. Applicant was convicted of aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to life in prison. The appeal of this conviction was dismissed because notice of appeal was not timely filed. Turner v. State, No. 02-02-00161-CR (Tex.App. - Ft. Worth, opinion delivered August 22, 2002).
Applicant contends that he was denied his right to appeal. The record reflects that counsel failed to file timely notice of appeal. The trial court recommends that relief be granted. We agree.
Habeas corpus relief is granted and Applicant is granted an out-of-time appeal from his conviction in cause number 38,377-A from the 30th District Court of Wichita County. The proper remedy in a case such as this is to return Applicant to the point at which he can give notice of appeal. For purposes of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, all time limits shall be calculated as if the conviction had been entered on the day that the mandate of this Court issues. We hold that Applicant, should he desire to prosecute an appeal, must take affirmative steps to see that notice of appeal is filed in the trial court within thirty days after the mandate of this Court has issued.
DO NOT PUBLISH
DELIVERED: August 13, 2003