New Law Will Effect Criminal Defense and the Indigent Defense System in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas and the State of Texas

Governor Rick Perry signed several bills into law that will impact the San Antonio area indigent criminal defense system and surrounding communities, Bexar county, and Texas. The regular 82nd legislative session ended on May 30, 2011, and the following House Bill will take effect on September 1, 2011. The following summary of the law concerns the Government Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, and the Local Government Code. This new law, and all Texas laws, can be located at the Texas Constitution and Statutes website. As with all new laws, the changes made apply only to offenses committed on or after the effective date. HB 1754, Relating to the reorganization of powers and duties among agencies in this state that provide representation to indigent defendants in criminal cases and to the reorganization of funding sources for indigent defense. Subtitle F, Title 2, Government Code, is amended by adding Chapter 79. Section 71.001, Government Code, is amended. Section 78.052(b), Government Code, is amended. Section 78.056(b), Government Code, is amended. Section 81.054(c), Government Code, is amended. Section 402.035(c), Government Code, is amended. Article 26.04, Code of Criminal Procedure, is amended by amending Subsections (a), (d), and (f) and adding Subsection (f-1). The heading to Article 26.044, Code of Criminal Procedure, is amended. Article 26.044, Code of Criminal Procedure, is amended by amending Subsections (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), (l), and (m) and adding Subsections (b-1) and (c-1). Chapter 26, Code of Criminal Procedure, is amended. Chapter 26, Code of Criminal Procedure, is amended. Articles 26.05(a), (c), and (d), Code of Criminal Procedure, are amended. Section 11(a), Article 42.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, is amended. Section 133.107, Local Government Code, is amended. The following are repealed: (1) Article 26.05(i), Code of Criminal Procedure; (2) Section 71.0351, Government Code; and (3) Subchapter D, Chapter 71, Government Code. The Texas House Bill sets up the Indigent Defense Commission. This new state agency replaces the Task Force on Indigent Defense, it becomes a permanent standing Commission of the Texas Judicial Council. While the new Commission will remain administratively attached to the Office of Court Administration, it will maintain an independent budget and must prepare and submit its own Legislative Appropriations Requests. The Commission will be made up of eight ex officious members and five appointive members. All powers, staff, property, and appropriations will be transferred from the abolished Task Force to the established Commission.

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2 Responses to New Law Will Effect Criminal Defense and the Indigent Defense System in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas and the State of Texas

  1. NOVIAN says:

    Reading fiction books will not help you to praepre for being a lawyer. Watching fiction TV shows will not help you to praepre for being a lawyer. Make some telephone calls talk to some attorneys CURRENTLY practicing law in the real world. Do some informational interviews>I found this out the hard way.) Also, the law school’s program needs to be accredited by the American Bar Association if it isn’t, you are just wasting your time/money.Even if you finish law school, you won’t be able to find a job when you are done. Since this vocational field is shrinking (at an alarming rate), many new attorneys/lawyers are, themselves, having to work down as Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc, to simply try to keep some of their bills paid >>Healthcare, Information Technology, Law ENFORCEMENT, environmentalism, emergency planning, accounting, education, entertainment, utilities, home-car-commercial-industrial repairs, vice industries, clergy, and/or debt collection. I spoke to a career counselor from Jobs and Family Services, and HE told me that these areas are where the jobs are, and future job opportunities/availability .and scholarships.Good luck.(This is based on my current knowledge, information, belief, and life experiences. This was intended as personal opinion, and not intended to be used as legal advice. Please be careful and do your research.

  2. Ramazan says:

    I would talk to your University adviser ieemdiatmly. I’m not sure how you can be in a Master’s program and not know what you are going to do. Based on what info you provided, Forensic Psychology comes to mind but I would think you would know that! Are you getting an online degree? I’m not trying to sound condescending but my goodness, I have to wonder what college you are attending and why you aren’t working closely with your professors. Most graduate programs won’t even let you in without clearly defined goals and in Psychology, you should be picking your thesis topic already and doing research along side a Professor who is mentoring you. It sounds like you are in a terminal Master’s (non-thesis, not leading to a PhD) so my guess is you could probably be a school teacher or work at a daycare. You could also do Sales or be a police officer. You might want to apply at the local prisons and assist the PhD Clinical Psychologist/Psychiatrist there?

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