OSPA Offers Practically Free Traffic-Stop Training for Rural Law Enforcement

Assistant State Prosecuting Attorney John R. Messinger will conduct a 4-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 for small or rural counties that do not have the resources to send officers for training.   Credit can be earned with a department’s approval. 

 

Call ((512) 463-1660) or email (information@spa.texas.gov) John to schedule a training day for this August (August will be the only time the service is offered).   

The department, county, or city will be responsible for John's mileage reimbursement and overnight residency (if needed). 

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.

SPA's Strict Textualist Position

01/31/2018
Other

Strict textualism achieves certainty, fairness, and proper governance; non-textualism, on the other hand, promotes anarchy through an arbitrary and unpredictable selection among a constellation of extra-textual factors that can never parallel the legitimacy of the statute itself.

Ellis, No. 10-17-00047-CR, Amicus

12/29/2017
Other

Ellis, No. 10-17-00047-CR, Amicus Brief Defending "Revenge Porn" Statute from First Amendment Challenge

85th Legislature Statutory Construction Cases Update

08/09/2017
Other

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Statutory Construction Update, 2016-2017 Term For the 85th Texas Legislature

Courting the Court: Petitions for Discretionary Review

05/11/2017
Conference / CLE

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

Petitions for Discretionary Review: Strategies and Pending Issues (Powerpoint)

05/11/2017
Conference / CLE

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

Habeas Corpus Filing Procedures

02/09/2017
Conference / CLE

County And District Clerks Association Conference

Basic Writ Procedure Checklist

02/09/2017
Conference / CLE

County And District Clerks Association Conference

Blood-Draw and Traffic Offense Decisions

03/21/2016
Conference / CLE

This presentation was prepared by Stacey M. Soule for the 2016 Traffic Safety Initiative Conference.