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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:Appellant pleaded guilty to two indictments, one for murder and the other for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. The trial court sentenced him to 30 years in prison for each offense, with the sentences to be served concurrently. The court of appeals dismissed appellant’s appeals because the required certification from the trial court did not indicate that appellant had a right to appeal. Chavez v. State, 139 S.W.3d 43 (Tex. App. Corpus Christi 2004). Neither appellant nor the state sought discretionary review. This court granted discretionary review on its own initiative to consider the procedures used by the 13th Court of Appeals. HOLDING:Affirmed. With regard to the court of appeals’ holding that criminal defendants enjoy certain rights of appeal that are not set out in Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 25.2, nor referred to in the certification of right to appeal, nor mentioned in Woods v. State, 108 S.W.3d 314 (Tex. Crim. App. 2003), the court of appeals acknowledged that it was “not authorized to address points of error that do not fall within one of the categories listed in [former rule 25.2(b)(3)].” The court of appeals also concluded that this court did not intend that the certification of right to appeal “abridge a criminal defendant’s substantive rights.” It then held that the scope of its review under Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), is not confined by the terms of Rule 25.2 or the certification of right to appeal, but rather “the scope of [its] independent review includes any arguable grounds that might support an appeal, which by definition includes limited rights to appeal previously recognized by law.” However, since the court of appeals delivered its Chavez opinion, this court has held that the requirements of Rule 25.2(a)(2) do not impermissibly abridge the right to appeal. Griffin v. State, 145 S.W.3d 645 (Tex. Crim. App. 2004). Appellant, in joining and adopting all of the arguments of the court of appeals, does not persuade the court that applying Rule 25.2(a)(2) strictly pursuant to the terms of its wording would be an abridgement, enlargement or modification of the substantive rights of a defendant. Rule 25.2(a)(2) provides that a defendant may appeal only matters that were raised by written motion filed and ruled on before trial or after getting the trial court’s permission to appeal. Thus, if a jurisdictional issue were raised by written motion filed and ruled on before trial, or the trial court granted permission to appeal such an issue, a defendant who plea-bargained would have a right to appeal that issue, provided the appeal is properly perfected pursuant to Rule 25.2(b). There is nothing in the record to support a finding that appellant filed written pretrial motions that were ruled on before trial. The trial court filed a certification stating that the sentences in these cases were the result of a plea bargain and that appellant has no right to appeal. The court concludes that appellant did not have the right to appeal. A court of appeals, while having jurisdiction to ascertain whether an appellant who plea-bargained is permitted to appeal by Rule 25.2 (a)(2), must dismiss a prohibited appeal without further action, regardless of the basis for the appeal. Here, appellant had no right of appeal because he was sentenced pursuant to the agreed terms of a plea bargain and did not satisfy either of the exceptions stated in Rule 25.2(a)(2). In such circumstances, no inquiry into even possibly meritorious claims may be made. OPINION:Johnson, J., delivered the court’s opinion.

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