IN THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS
OF TEXAS



NO. 74,887

 

EX PARTE CURTIS JAMES WILKERSON, Applicant





ON APPLICATION FOR A WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS
FROM GRIMES COUNTY

Per Curiam.

O P I N I O N



This is a post-conviction application for a writ of habeas corpus forwarded to this Court pursuant to Article 11.07, 3, et seq., V.A.C.C.P. Applicant was convicted of the felony offense of aggravated robbery, and punishment was assessed at fifty years confinement. Applicant's direct appeal was dismissed for want of jurisdiction because the notice of appeal was untimely filed. Wilkerson v. State, No. 01-00-00226-CR (Tex. App.--Houston[1st. Dist.]2000, no pet.).

Applicant contends that he was denied a meaningful appeal through no fault of his own. Following an evidentiary hearing in the matter, the trial court entered findings of fact and conclusions of law recommending that Applicant be granted an out-of-time appeal. We agree.

Habeas corpus relief is granted and Applicant is granted an out-of-time appeal from his conviction in cause number 14,085 from the 278th District Court of Grimes 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 given within thirty days after the mandate of this Court has issued.

 

DO NOT PUBLISH

DELIVERED: February 4, 2004