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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). 


PD-0597-15 09/16/2015

"The Court of Appeals erred when it dismissed Appellant's appeal for want of jurisdiction because: (1) Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 44.02 allows appeals from a criminal action, and under this Court's holding in Bautsch v. Galveston, 11 S.W. 414 (Tex. Ct. App. 1889), a hearing on a motion for shock probation is a criminal action; and (2) the issue appealed was an unconstitutional imposition of restitution, and not the granting of shock probation itself."

Shortt appealed the assessment of restitution included in the judgment granting him shock probation. The court of appeals dismissed for want of jurisdiction, holding that there is no statutory authority that authorizes an appeal from an order granting shock probation. Shortt argues that, even though Tex. Code Crim. Proc. art. 42.12 § 6 does not authorize an appeal, he has the right to appeal under Tex. Code Crim. Proc. art. 44.02, which permits an appeal from a "criminal action." Bautsch v. State, 11 S.W. 414 (Tex. Ct. App. 1889), stated that a "criminal action" is prosecuted by the State by an office acting under the authority of the State. The hearing on the motion to grant shock probation constitutes a "criminal action."

Contact Us

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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