Texas Criminal Law

James Volberding is a Board Certified Attorney in Texas Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law with many years of experience in criminal appeals, writs of habeas corpus, parole hearings,  and records expunction / sealing.

Criminal Appeals

Tyler, Texas criminal appeals attorney James Volberding is Board Certified in Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has written and argued briefs in the Tyler, Texarkana, Eastland, and Dallas Courts of… Read More

Writs of Habeas Corpus

An application for writ of habeas corpus (WHC or “writ”) is a type of legal proceeding which allows an inmate to bring up new evidence to show that he needs a new trial. The evidence must be compelling and serious. For example, if police… Read More


If you have a friend or loved one in a Texas prison, there may be a way to help. Generally, there are only two avenues of legal help for an inmate once his appeal has been completed. One is an application for writ of habeas corpus. The other is parol… Read More

Representation Before the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles consists of 18 members around the State. When an inmate is considered for parole, the Board will pull his file and send it to one of the three-member parole panels which covers the inmate’s unit. The board… Read More

When Can You Get Parole in Texas?

Here are some things to know about obtaining parole in Texas. First, if the inmate was convicted of a crime that included a finding that he or she used a deadly weapon, then the inmate must serve 50% of the sentence before the Parole Board will even… Read More

Parole Revocation

If an inmate is released on parole, he or she will of course be subject to a string of conditions. Generally, it is easier to be on parole than on probation. If the parolee violates a condition, he or she will quickly be arrested on what is called a… Read More


The Volberding Law Firm charges a retainer of $3,500 to represent an incarcerated inmate client before the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, provided that the inmate is in one of the Tennessee Colony units, or within a two-hour drive of Tyler. Tota… Read More


Frequently, good people are convicted of criminal offenses that they wish had never occurred. Texas has a procedure for erasing criminal convictions, but the procedure is difficult and limited to a few situations. An expunction in Texas, also known a… Read More