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Date: 02-09-2020

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Hillary Evans v. The State of Texas

Case Number: 01-19-00552-CR

Judge: PER CURIAM Panel consists of Chief Justice Radack and Justices Landau and Hightower.

Court: Court of Appeals For The First District of Texas

Plaintiff's Attorney: Melinda Fletcher
Jerilynn Yenne

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Appellant, Hillary Evans, entered into a plea bargain with the State in which
she agreed to plead guilty to the offense of harassment by persons in certain
correctional facilities in return for the State’s recommendation of a two-year
sentence. The trial court entered judgment in accordance with the plea bargain,
sentencing appellant on June 17, 2019 to two years’ incarceration in the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. We dismiss.
In a plea bargain case, a defendant may only appeal those matters that were
raised by written motion filed and ruled on before trial or after getting the trial court’s
permission to appeal. TEX. CODE CRIM. PROC. art. 44.02; TEX. R. APP. P. 25.2(a)(2).
An appeal must be dismissed if a certification showing that the defendant has the
right of appeal has not been made part of the record. TEX. R. APP. P. 25.2(d).
Here, the trial court’s certification is included in the record on appeal. See id.
The trial court’s certification states that this is a plea bargain case and that the
defendant has no right of appeal.1 See TEX. R. APP. P. 25.2(a)(2). The record supports
the trial court’s certification. See Dears v. State, 154 S.W.3d 610, 615 (Tex. Crim.
App. 2005). Because appellant has no right of appeal, we must dismiss this appeal.
See Chavez v. State, 183 S.W.3d 675, 680 (Tex. Crim. App. 2006) (“A court of
appeals, while having jurisdiction to ascertain whether an appellant who plea
bargained is permitted to appeal by Rule 25.2(a)(2), must dismiss a prohibited appeal
without further action, regardless of the basis for the appeal.”).

Outcome: Accordingly, we dismiss the appeal for want of jurisdiction. We dismiss any
pending motions as moot.

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