Eric Flores v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 384th District Court of El Paso County (Majority)
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COURT OF APPEALS
EIGHTH DISTRICT OF TEXAS
EL PASO, TEXAS
Appeal from the
384th District Court
THE STATE OF TEXAS,
of El Paso County, Texas
This matter is before us on our own motion to determine whether it should be dismissed.
Because Appellant is attempting to appeal the trial court’s denial of his motion to suppress in a
case that has not yet proceeded to judgment, we lack jurisdiction. Accordingly, the appeal will be
Eric Flores is charged with burglary. On July 9, 2012, Flores filed a notice of appeal
challenging the trial court’s July 5, 2012 oral pronouncement denying his motion to suppress.
The documents before the Court reflect that the case has not yet proceeded to trial and judgment.
As a general rule, an appellate court has jurisdiction to consider an appeal by a criminal
defendant only after a final judgment of conviction. Workman v. State, 170 Tex.Crim. 621, 343
S.W.2d 446, 447 (1961); Wright v. State, 969 S.W.2d 588, 589 (Tex.App.--Dallas 1998, no pet.);
McKown v. State, 915 S.W.2d 160, 161 (Tex.App.--Fort Worth 1996, no pet.). An intermediate
appellate court has no jurisdiction to review interlocutory orders absent express authority.
Apolinar v. State, 820 S.W.2d 792, 794 (Tex.Crim.App. 1991); Wright, 969 S.W.2d at 589.
Interlocutory orders that we may consider include: (1) certain appeals while a defendant is on
deferred adjudication community supervision, Kirk v. State, 942 S.W.2d 624, 625 (Tex.Crim.App.
1997); (2) appeals from the denial of a motion to reduce bond, TEX. R. APP. P. 31.1; McKown,
915 S.W.2d at 161; and (3) certain appeals from the denial of habeas corpus relief, Wright, 969
S.W.2d at 589; McKown, 915 S.W.2d at 161. An order denying a motion to suppress is not an
interlocutory order that an intermediate appellate court has express authority to consider.
Bertrand v. State, No. 14-11-01107-CR, 2012 WL 113074, *1 (Tex.App.--Houston [14th Dist.]
Jan. 12, 2012, no pet.)(mem. op., not designated for publication); Brandon v. State, No.
05-10-01040-CR, 2010 WL 3529528, *1 (Tex.App.--Dallas Sept. 13, 2010, no pet.)(mem. op., not
designated for publication).
In this case, there is no final judgment of conviction and the order from which Flores
appeals is the trial court’s order denying his motion to suppress. Because this is an interlocutory
order that we have no express authority to consider, we lack jurisdiction over Flores’s appeal. See
Bertrand, 2012 WL 113074, at *1; Brandon, 2010 WL 3529528, at *1. Accordingly, we dismiss
the appeal for want of jurisdiction. Appellant’s pro se motion to request permission to proceed
informa pauperis on appeal is denied as moot.
September 12, 2012
CHRISTOPHER ANTCLIFF, Justice
Before McClure, C.J., Rivera, and Antcliff, JJ.
(Do Not Publish)