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The Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney is the voice of the people of Texas before the Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest state court for appeals resulting from criminal cases.

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Free Training for Rural Law Enforcement Officers on Traffic Stops!  

Well, almost free.   In exchange for mileage and accomodations, John Messinger will visit your jurisdiction and deliver a comprehensive, four-hour presentation covering 4th Amendment issues with a focus on traffic stops.  The presentation is accompanied by a paper (distributed in advance) and includes:

∙ Historical perspective
∙ In-depth coverage of controlling law
∙ Discussion of recent cases and pending issues
∙ A quiz!

This service is intended for small counties that do not have the resources to send officers out for training, and is designed so that officers can earn credit hours with their department's approval.

Contact us by phone, email, or snail-mail to schedule a training for late July or August.  

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Latest Pending PDR Case Summaries

Petition filed by SPA icondenotes a petition filed by SPA



1. "The Eighth Court erred in holding that evidence that Gonzalez had consumed ecstasy on the day of the murder was irrelevant to his state of mind and self-defense claim because the State failed t...



1. "In determining whether the evidence is legally sufficient to support the jury's verdicts, the court of appeals failed to measure the evidence, as the court interpreted the evidence, against a h...



"The court of appeals failed to apply this Court's decision in Saunders v. State, 840 S.W.2d 390 (Tex.Cr.App. 1992) in determining that petitioner was not entitled to a lesser-included charge on ma...

Latest Publications

Disclaimer: The legal authorities cited in these papers was current as of the date of their distribution or publication. Because the law is in a continuous state of change, attorneys should exercise due diligence by checking the currentness and completeness of governing legal authorities (i.e., Shepardizing and Keyciting) and applicable statewide and local rules of appellate procedure.

Courting the Court: Petitions for Discretionary Review

Conference / CLE

The University of Texas School of Law 2017 Robert O. Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals May 10-12, 2017, Austin, TX

Petitions for Discretionary Review: Strategies and Pending Issues

Conference / CLE

PowerPoint Petitions for Discretionary Review: Strategies and Pending Issues 2017 UT Dawson Criminal Appeals Conference

Habeas Corpus Filing Procedures

Conference / CLE

County And District Clerks Association Conference

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Mailing Address

P. O. Box 13046
Austin, Texas 78711-3046

Physical Address

209 W. 14th Street
Austin, Texas 78701


(512) 463-1660


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