Texas Criminal Law, Forms, and Tips
Mark Daniel and Judge Robert K. Gill, two of the most respected criminal law authorities in the state, have rejuvenated and expanded Paul McClung’s beloved criminal casebook. Here is ready access to key Texas criminal law precedent. Find winning arguments, evaluate key issues, anticipate the opposition’s moves, and locate case support with Texas Criminal Lawyer’s Handbook. This authoritative work provides practical and detailed coverage of today’s tough issues:
- Admissibility of DNA Evidence
- Batson Challenges
- Challenges for Cause
- Child Abuse Evidence
- Child Witnesses
- Discovery Issues
- Hate Crimes
- Illegal Searches
- Ineffective Counsel
- Prior Sexual Conduct
- Probable Cause
- Probation Revocation Issues
- Sentencing Issues
Now Texas Criminal Lawyer’s Handbook contains three types of helpful information skillfully woven together in a quick-reading, easy-to-follow reference guide:
1. Authoritative legal analysis.
Over 3,400 cases are analyzed and cited in over 250 topics, giving you quick access to Texas criminal precedent. Emerging legal doctrines are detailed, related examples are condensed in checklist format, and the discussions of the following key topics have been expanded:
- Search and seizure
- Scientific evidence
- Pre-trial motions
- Evidentiary issues
- Punishment issues
2. Timesaving forms and checklists.
Speed your drafting with the Handbook’s motions, objections, requests, declarations, affidavits, and admonishments. Save research time with handy checklists, each fully supported with case citations.
3. Practice tips.
Over 200 valuable suggestions are provided for the defense, prosecution, and bench. For example:
Search and seizure
- Objecting to the fruits of allegedly improper search or seizure.
- Alternatives to proprietary interests for demonstrating a reasonable expectation of privacy.
- Preserving search warrant errors for review.
- Challenging the initial detention.
- Preventing the state’s appeal of a successful suppression.
Strategies for cross-examination
- Controlling difficult witnesses through the court reporter.
- Neutralizing “I don’t recall” answers.
- Turning the tables on witness who asks for definitions.
- Determining the voluntariness of impeachment evidence.
- Demonstrating bad faith in evidence preservation.
- Preserving error for denial of a requested challenge for cause.
- Preserving a Batson challenge.
- Challenging subjective beliefs or court room observations in a Batson hearing.
- Objecting to impeachment based upon an inconsistent statement.
- Establishing the proper predicate during impeachment.
- Contesting the use of a prior conviction for impeachment.
- Objecting to “Have you heard?” questions.
- Physical evidence labels and notes as hearsay.
- Advice to the bench and prosecution on admitting inflammatory evidence.
The most comprehensive and respected criminal practice guide in Texas, providing everything you need to help you prepare for, and win, criminal trials. Covers more than 250 topics. The Handbook also gives you in-depth practice advice on constitutional rights, documentary evidence, scientific evidence, impeachment techniques, punishment, and more.
REVISION 18 HIGHLIGHTS
This new edition of Texas Criminal Lawyer’s Handbook will keep you on the cutting edge of Texas criminal law, practice and procedure with new and updated coverage of a broad range of issues, including:
Search and Seizure
- Reasonable Expectation of Privacy – Private Party Search Doctrine
- Community Caretaking Functions of Police Officers – Special Needs Exception
- Where Reasonable Expectation Exists – Dorm Rooms
- Timing of the Execution of and Compliance with Search Warrants
Effective Assistance of Counsel
- Failure to Properly Advise on Guilty Pleas
- Improper Handling of Punishment Phase
- Multiple Punishments in a Single Trial
- Retrial Following Appeal
Bail and Bond Issues
- Release of Certain Mentally Ill Defendants
- Duty of the Trial Judge re: Recusal
- Grounds for Disqualification of Judge
- Interstate Agreement on Detainers (IAD)
- Sufficiency of Allegations In Indictment – What Is Required; What Is Not Required
In-Court Identification Procedures – Factors Considered By Appellate Court In Reviewing Trial
Court’s Assessment of Reliability
- Subpoenas For Online Service Providers
- Theories of Admissibility of Extraneous Offenses — Family Violence Cases
- Sufficiency of Evidence of Deadly Weapon
- Lesser-Included Offenses – “Scintilla of Evidence” Test
- Due Process Issues — Prosecutorial Conduct
- Expectation of privacy: Text Messages; Information Encoded In Gift Card’s Magnetic Stripe
- Other Electronic Devices – Information Retained By Event Data Recorder
- Appeal of Probation and Probation Revocation: Collateral Attack on Original Conviction
- Attacking Enhancement Allegations and Proof
- Victim Impact Evidence
- Prohibitions on Internet Access
- Post-Conviction DNA Testing