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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-0514-17 08/23/2017

“When a defendant files a timely notice of appeal from a judgment adjudicating his guilt and is later placed on shock community supervision, to complain on appeal about a condition of that community supervision must he file a new notice of appeal?”

After Smith’s deferred adjudication community supervision was revoked, he appealed.  While the appeal was pending, the trial court granted Smith community supervision.   A new judgment was entered, and Smith did not file a notice of appeal.  In his pending appeal, Smith complained about errors related to the second judgment.  The court of appeals dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.  It determined that the second judgment rendered the first moot, and Smith failed to appeal the second judgment.

Smith argues that the court of appeals’ decision conflicts with Perez v. State, 938 S.W.2d 761 (Tex. App.—Austin 1997, pet. ref’d), and Dodson v. State, 988 S.W.2d 833 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 1999, no pet.).   Perez and Dodson, Smith maintains, held that a notice of appeal is timely in this scenario when the notice was filed after the original judgment, not the subsequent order suspending sentence.   Further, Tex. R. App. P. 27.1(b), governing premature notices of appeal, also supports the timeliness of the notice.

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Mailing Address

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

Physical Address

209 W. 14th Street
Austin, Texas 78701


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