650 Accepted Jury Charges for Texas Criminal Cases
Spot more issues advance more persuasive arguments, and reduce your research and drafting time with these widely-adopted criminal jury charges.
The indispensable book of jury charges relied on by judges and attorneys throughout the state.
Now more than 40 years old, and recently revised and updated by new authors Judge Elizabeth Berry and Judge George Gallagher, Texas Criminal Jury Charges provides the most comprehensive and authoritative set of criminal jury charges available in Texas.
650 pre-drafted instructions, detailed legal discussions with 1,100 supporting citations, and dozens of practice tips are contained in this essential and affordable resource. Use it to:
- Plan winning pretrial strategies
- Spot and set-up issues
- Identify evidence requirements
- Negotiate favorable plea bargains
- Win important instructional battles
- Deliver better results for your clients
Whether you consult it (1) at the outset of a case to determine substantive law and identify issues, (2) during a case to formulate pretrial strategy and negotiate a plea, or (3) before trial to argue or prepare instructions, Texas Criminal Jury Charges is indispensable.
The book’s jury charges cover the full range of crimes, from manslaughter to capital murder, from assault to aggravated sexual assault, from criminal mischief to aggravated robbery, from handling waste without permits to unauthorized discharge of pollutant, and hundreds more.
Texas Criminal Jury Charges is more than a book of jury charges. It delves deeply into the substantive law, devoting nearly as many pages to interpretive and supporting law as to instructions.
Before each set of charges you will find an analysis of the underlying law, complete with exceptions, caveats, and practice tips. This detailed exposition of the law includes quotations from the governing statutes, citation-heavy summaries of common law, critical discussions of wayward decisions, and definitions.
Then, after each set of charges, come supportive decisions, interpretive or opposing cases, tactical suggestions, and use notes.
The Accepted Authority
Since it was first published in 1964, Texas Criminal Jury Charges has been the primary source of criminal instructions in Texas. Judges and attorneys throughout the state rely on its jury forms and law, and regularly compliment the book:
- “The most comprehensive jury charges.”
- “I use it all the time.”
- “I’ve used it since 1965.”
- “It’s the only one of its kind.”
REVISION 17 HIGHLIGHTS
Here is your annual update to the indispensable book of jury charges relied on by judges and attorneys throughout the state. This year’s update includes 17 new sections Here are some of the sections that have been added or updated:
Chapter 1: Introduction to Jury Instruction Law
- NEW. Fifth Amendment Concerns at Guilt-Innocence. §1:230
- NEW: Fifth Amendment Concerns at Punishment. §1:240
- NEW: Ordinary Error. §1:320
Chapter 2: Criminal Responsibility – Parties to Crime
- NEW: Failure to Limit Independent Impulse. §2:130
- NEW: Evidence Offense Not Committed. §2:140
Chapter 3: Defenses and Special Evidentiary Charges
- Mens Rea vs. Voluntary Act in Possession Cases. §3:15
- Question as to Whether Witness Is Accomplice as Matter of Law. §3:180
- NEW: Co-Conspirator’s Declarations. §3:270
- Notes on Confessions/Jury Instructions. §3:540
- Entrapment. §3:860
- Temporary Insanity Due to Intoxication. §3:1250
- NEW: Prior Convictions (Extraneous Offenses to Affect Credibility). §3:1430
- NEW: Mistake of Law. XXV
- Self-Defense and Necessity. §3:1640
- NEW: Necessity. §3:1650
- NEW: Raising Self-Defense. §3:1728
Chapter 4: Punishment
- NEW: Capital Murder – Death Penalty (Parties). §4:430 and §4:440
- NEW: Capital Murder – Death Penalty (Sole Actor). §4:450 and §4:460
Chapter 6: Offenses Against Person
- NEW: Party Liability in Penalty Phase. §6:291
- NEW: Anti-Parties Charge. §6:292
- NEW: Harmless Error for Not Alleging Bodily Injury. §6:985
- NEW: Extraneous Offenses Against Child Victim. §6:1405
- Leaving a Child in a Vehicle. §6:1600
Chapter 10: Offenses Against Public Order and Decency
- Offers to Engage Without Intent to Participate. §10:360
Chapter 11: Offenses Against Public Health, Safety, and Morals
- NEW: Lack of Effective Notice is a Defense. §11:55