Linda Gaile Henderson-Qualls, Appellant v. The State of Texas, Appellee

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Court of Appeals of Texas, Houston (1st Dist.).

Linda Gaile Henderson-Qualls, Appellant v. The State of Texas, Appellee

NO. 01–14–00934–CR

Decided: January 28, 2016

Panel consists of Chief Justice Radack and Justices Massengale and Brown.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

Appellant, Linda Gaile Henderson–Qualls, pleaded guilty to the offense of theft from a nonprofit organization, pursuant to one scheme or a continuing course of conduct, without an agreed recommendation from the State regarding punishment.  See Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 31.03(a), (e)(6)(A), (f)(3)(B) (West Supp.2015);  id. § 31.09 (West 2011).  The trial court found appellant guilty and assessed punishment at 10 years' confinement.  The trial court certified that this is not a plea bargain case and that appellant has the right to appeal.  Appellant timely filed a notice of appeal.

Appellant's appointed counsel on appeal has filed a motion to withdraw, along with a brief stating that the record presents no reversible error and the appeal is without merit and is frivolous.  See Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396 (1967).

Counsel's brief meets the Anders requirements by presenting a professional evaluation of the record and supplying us with references to the record and legal authority.  See Anders, 386 U.S. at 744, 87 S.Ct. at 1400;  see also High v. State, 573 S.W.2d 807, 812 (Tex.Crim.App.1978).  Counsel indicates that he has thoroughly reviewed the record and is unable to advance any grounds of error that warrant reversal.  See Anders, 386 U.S. at 744, 87 S.Ct. at 1400;  Mitchell v. State, 193 S.W.3d 153, 155 (Tex.App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2006, no pet.).

We have independently reviewed the entire record in this appeal, and we conclude that no reversible error exists in the record, there are no arguable grounds for review, and the appeal is frivolous.  See Anders, 386 U.S. at 744, 87 S.Ct. at 1400 (emphasizing that reviewing court—and not counsel—determines, after full examination of proceedings, whether appeal is wholly frivolous);  Garner v. State, 300 S.W.3d 763, 767 (Tex.Crim.App.2009) (reviewing court must determine whether arguable grounds for review exist);  Bledsoe v. State, 178 S.W.3d 824, 826–27 (Tex.Crim.App.2005) (same);  Mitchell, 193 S.W.3d at 155 (reviewing court determines whether arguable grounds exist by reviewing entire record).  We note that an appellant may challenge a holding that there are no arguable grounds for appeal by filing a petition for discretionary review in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.  See Bledsoe, 178 S.W.3d at 827 & n.6.

We affirm the judgment of the trial court and grant counsel's motion to withdraw.1  Attorney Kurt B. Wentz must immediately send appellant the required notice and file a copy of the notice with the Clerk of this Court.  See Tex. R. App. P. 6.5(c).

FOOTNOTES

1.   Appointed counsel still has a duty to inform appellant of the result of this appeal and that she may, on her own, pursue discretionary review in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.  See Ex Parte Wilson, 956 S.W.2d 25, 27 (Tex.Crim.App.1997).

PER CURIAM