Substantial Compliance With Notice of Appeal Requirements

In Gomes v. State, 9 S.W.3d 170, 171 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1999), the defendant filed a general notice of appeal that did not indicate appellant was "appealing an issue that was raised by written motion and ruled on before trial nor does it indicate that permission was granted by the trial court to appeal any nonjurisdictional issues." Id. Although the words of the notice did not comply with Appellate Rule 25.2(b)(3), we found we had jurisdiction because there was substantial compliance with the Rule. We noted in Gomes three indications of his substantial compliance: (1) the notice of appeal, which was signed by the trial judge, contained a "handwritten notation on the upper, right-hand corner, indicating that the appeal is limited to the trial court's ruling which denied Appellant's motion to suppress;" (2) the docket sheet had an entry stating "Notice of Appeal filed on Motion to Suppress Only;" (3) the judgment, signed by the trial judge, noted the notice of appeal was filed on "Mo Suppress Only." Id; see Miller v. State, 11 S.W.3d 345, (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1999, no pet. h.) (following Gomes).