James Darwin Rhodes, Appellant v. The State of Texas, Appellee.

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Court of Appeals of Texas, Beaumont.

James Darwin Rhodes, Appellant v. The State of Texas, Appellee.

NO. 09–15–00144–CR

Decided: February 24, 2016

Before Kreger, Horton, and Johnson, JJ.


Appellant James Darwin Rhodes pleaded guilty to failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements.  See Tex.Code Crim. Proc. Ann. art. 62.102(a), (b)(2) (West Supp.2015).  The trial court convicted Rhodes and assessed punishment at ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.  Rhodes timely filed a notice of appeal.

Rhodes's appellate counsel filed an Anders brief.  See Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967);  High v. State, 573 S.W.2d 807 (Tex.Crim.App. [Panel Op.] 1978).  Counsel's brief presents her professional evaluation of the record and concludes there are no arguable grounds to be advanced in this appeal.  Counsel provided Rhodes with a copy of the brief and the record.  We granted an extension of time for Rhodes to file a pro se brief.  We received no response from Rhodes.

We have independently reviewed the clerk's record and the reporter's record, and we agree with Rhodes's appellate counsel that no arguable issues support an appeal.  Therefore, we find it unnecessary to order appointment of new counsel to re-brief Rhodes's appeal.  See Garner v. State, 300 S.W.3d 763, 766–67, 766 n.15 (Tex.Crim.App.2009) (quoting Stafford v. State, 813 S.W.2d 503, 511 (Tex.Crim.App.1991)).  We affirm the trial court's judgment.1



1.   Rhodes may challenge our decision in this case by filing a petition for discretionary review.  See Tex.R.App. P. 68.


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