THE STATE OF TEXAS,
Appellant Jammy Reeves ("Appellant") was charged with burglary of a habitation and criminal mischief. Appellant pleaded guilty to the felony offenses, and the trial court deferred adjudication for a period of ten years under certain terms and conditions on the burglary offense and sentenced Appellant to five years probation on the criminal mischief offense. Subsequently, the State moved to adjudicate and revoke because Appellant violated the terms and conditions of probation. After hearing evidence, the trial court sentenced Appellant to twelve years of imprisonment. The trial court appointed counsel for an appeal. Appellant's counsel filed a brief in which he stated that after a careful review of the record he could identify no issues to present for review. We affirm.
In Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S. Ct. 1396, 18 L. Ed. 2d 493 (1967), the United States Supreme Court set out requirements for the courts to follow in cases in which the attorney representing a convicted criminal defendant can find no reversible error on which to base an appeal:
...if counsel finds his case to be wholly frivolous, after a conscientious examination of it, he should so advise the [appellate] court and request permission to withdraw. That request must, however, be accompanied by a brief referring to anything in the record that might arguably support the appeal. A copy of counsel's brief should be furnished the indigent and time allowed him to raise any points that he chooses; the court--not counsel--then proceeds, after a full examination of all the proceedings, to decide whether the case is wholly frivolous. If it so finds it may grant counsel's request to withdraw and dismiss the appeal insofar as federal requirements are concerned, or proceed to a decision on the merits, if the state law so requires, On the other hand, if it finds any of the legal points arguable on their merits (and therefore not frivolous) it must, prior to decision, afford the indigent the assistance of counsel to argue the appeal.
Anders, 386 U.S. at 744, 87 S. Ct. at 1400; Stafford v. State, 813 S.W.2d 503, 509-10 (Tex. Crim. App. 1991). In the instant case, Appellant's counsel mailed a copy of the brief and a copy of the trial court's record to Appellant, advising him that he could file a pro se brief on appeal if he so desired. Appellant's counsel also filed a motion to withdraw as attorney for Appellant. The time for filing a pro se brief has now expired.
Appellant's counsel explained in detail in the brief that he had reviewed the record, conducted the analysis required in Anders, and that he could find no error preserved for appeal. The record reflects that Appellant signed a waiver of constitutional rights, an agreement to stipulate to certain facts, and a judicial confession. See Helms v. State, 484 S.W.2d 925, 927 (Tex. Crim. App. 1972). Furthermore, Appellant pleaded guilty without an agreed recommendation as to sentencing, thereby waiving all non-jurisdictional error occurring prior to the entry of the plea. Young v. State, 8 S.W.3d 656 (Tex. Crim. App. 2000); Jack v. State, 871 S.W.2d 741, 744 (Tex. Cr. App. 1994). Appellant also signed written admonishments that complied in every respect with article 26.13 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
Appellant's counsel points out that the sentence is within the punishment range for the offense charged. Counsel further concludes from the record that Appellant was not misled nor misadvised on any aspect of the case.
We hold that Appellant's appointed counsel complied with the requirements of Anders. We have reviewed the record and have found no error in the proceedings below. Therefore, counsel's motion to withdraw is granted and the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.
Opinion delivered February 20, 2002.
Panel consisted of Davis, C.J., Worthen, J., and Griffith, J.