How to Submit a Case to IPTX
To be true to our mission, IPTX can only review cases that meet the following tests:
- You must be claiming actual innocence (either no crime happened or a crime did happen but you had nothing to do with it).
- Your conviction is a felony (we do not review misdemeanor cases).
- Your conviction took place in a Texas state court (we do not review federal cases).
- You have completed your direct appeals (your case is in "post-conviction" status).
To be true to our mission, IPTX is unable to assist with:
- General requests for legal help
- Pending criminal cases (defendant has not yet been convicted)
- Requests for educational materials
- Any other matters that do not involve a claim of actual innocence
If you would like IPTX to evaluate your case, please write us a letter (include your TDCJ number). Briefly tell us about your case. Be very careful to tell us specific information that you believe supports your actual innocence claim.
If your case meets the requirements above and describes a reasonable possibility of actual innocence, we will contact you to collect more information and continue the screening process.
Innocence Project of Texas
300 Burnett Street, Suite 160
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
We do not currently accept requests for assistance via e-mail, phone, or fax.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost to review my actual innocence claim?
IPTX performs its service at no charge. Our work is supported by the generosity of our donors, for which we are eternally grateful.
If I submit a request for assistance, does IPTX become my lawyer?
IPTX is not your lawyer while we are reviewing your case. We will be your lawyer if actual innocence is confirmed and your case is approved for legal services by our case review committee.
How long does the investigation process take? When will my claim be reviewed?
We have a long list of cases in line to be reviewed. Once we reach your case on our waiting list, you will be notified in writing that our review has begun. We can't give a specific time period because of the number of requests for assistance and because each case that we do work on is different. Some take a lot more work than others. We are trying very hard to increase our resources to work on more cases.
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If You Need Help
- With an innocence claim where the conviction occurred outside the state of Texas, we refer you to the national Innocence Network.
- Locating an inmate within the Texas prison system, we refer you to the online Offender Information Search.
- For an inmate on a non-innocence issue, we refer you to the State Counsel for Offenders.
- Finding a pro bono (free of charge) attorney in Texas, we refer you to the American Bar Association Pro Bono Program Listing.
- Locating the current contact information of your attorney, we refer you to the Texas State Bar.
- On an immigration related case, we refer you to the Department of Justice for a list of free legal service providers.
- On a civil rights issue, we refer you to the Texas Civil Rights Project.