To help facilitate access to the State Law Library's print legal resources, our librarians have selected the most noteworthy titles in our collection and arranged them here by subject.
» Texas Titles
Criminal forms and trial manual
Latest received: 2019 Supplements. By McCormick, Michael J. Thomson/West. 11th ed. c2005.
This title provides thorough coverage of criminal violations as found in the Texas Penal Code as well as criminal violations from other Texas codes including the Agriculture Code, Alcoholic Beverage Code, Parks and Wildlife Code, and Health and Safety Code. It includes discussion of the latest legislative updates and applicable case law. The three volume set is divided into three part which cover complaints, informations, and indictments; criminal procedure; and court charges.
KFT 209 T4 V. 7-8
Criminal practice and procedure
Latest received: 2019 Pocket parts. By Dix, George E. West. 3rd ed. c2011.
This 6-volume treatise, first published in 1995, has quickly become a "go-to" source for criminal procedure law for Texas practitioners. Topics cover every aspect of the criminal process with particular attention paid to federal constitutional doctrines and the growing U.S. Supreme Court case law under them.
KFT 209 T4 V.40-43B
Expunction & nondisclosure
Latest received: 2018. By Westerfeld, Andrea. Texas District & County Attorneys Association. c2007-.
Expunctions and nondisclosures are explained in detail in this volume from the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. Topics covered include appropriate remedies to expunctions, applying for and complying with expunction orders, identity theft expunctions, statutory silence, and petitioning for an order of nondisclosure. Included in the appendices are both expunction and nondisclosure forms.
KFT 9690 W4
Guide to asset seizure & forfeiture
Latest received: 2016 edition. By Wright, Ann B. Texas District & County Attorneys Association. c2003-.
This authoritative text from the Texas District and County Attorneys Association on asset seizure and forfeiture covers the history and construction of chapter 59 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Other topics covered include new rules of discovery, asset forfeiture pleadings, the four categories of prosecution, defenses against forfeiture, disposition without trial, sufficiency of evidence, and ethical considerations.
KFT 9747 W8
Investigation & prosecution of child sexual abuse
Latest received: 2015 Edition. By Buess, Terese M. Texas District and County Attorneys Association. c2007-.
Provides detailed coverage of child sexual abuse laws and procedure with chapters on charging decisions, physical evidence, complainant relations, statutory pretrial requirements and their deadlines, jury selection and panelist educations, trial strategy and State's and defense medical and psychological experts and how to handle common defense strategies.
KFT 9323 B75
O'Connor's annotated criminal codes plus
Latest received: 2019-2020 Edition. Jones McClure Pub., Inc. c1997-.
"...an essential resource for the Texas criminal law attorney, containing all the statutes used most in practice plus carefully selected annotations from leading court opinions. A dozen quick-reference charts covering punishment enhancements, lesser included offenses, criminal penalties, and more are included, as well as timetables for filing various types of appeals." - from the publisher
KFT 9205.99 S4
Offense report manual for patrol officers & prosecutors
Latest received: 2019-2021 edition. By Sparks, Ken. Texas District & County Attorneys Association. c2016-.
"...intended primarily for patrol officers. The book includes the most common criminal offenses normally encountered by patrol officers, listed in alphabetical order. For each offense, the book lists the basic elements of the offense, necessary details to include in the report, and legal considerations relating to that offense." - from the publisher
KFT 9630 S73
State's appellate manual
Latest received: 2017. By Curry, Alan. Texas District & County Attorneys Association. c2001-.
Focusing specifically on criminal appeals, TDCAA's State's Appellate Manual provides a state side look at the criminal appeal process. All aspects of Texas criminal appellate procedure are covered including motions for new trial, notices of appeal, abatement, record on appeal, reply briefs, oral argument, petitions for discretionary review, writs of certiorari, mandamus, State’s appeals, and writs of habeas corpus.
KFT 9050 A16 S7
Texas criminal forms
Latest received: Revision 13 (2019). By Gill, Robert K. James Pub. c2006-.
"Over 580 Texas-specific forms take you start-to-finish, from client retention through evidence suppression to punishment. Includes law-and-procedure outline with hundreds of case citations." - from the publisher
Note: This item is also available electronically.
KFT 9216 G55
Texas criminal lawyer's handbook
Latest received: Revision 20 (2019). By Daniel, Mark G. James Pub. c1999-.
"...ready access to key Texas criminal law precedent. Find winning arguments, evaluate key issues, anticipate the opposition’s moves, and locate case support." - publisher's description
Note: This item is also available electronically.
KFT 9619 M3
Texas criminal practice guide
Latest received: Release 107, Nov. 2019. By Matthew Bender (Firm). M. Bender. 1979-.
"First published in 1979, the guide's six volumes are arranged by section to correspond with the progression of the Texas criminal justice system, making their detailed information easy to access, whether you're a new attorney or an experienced practitioner. Each volume contains a number of chapters divided into four parts: legal background, practice guide, forms and research guide." - publisher's description
Table of contents [PDF]: http://www.sll.texas.gov/assets/pdf/tables-of-contents/texas-criminal-practice-guide-toc.pdf
KFT 9219 T36
Texas practice guide : Criminal practice & procedure
Latest received: 2019 Edition. By Elliston, D. Mark. West Group. c2012-.
"How-to guide for Texas practitioners concerning criminal practice and procedure. Answers questions that regularly confront attorneys practicing criminal law — from arrest through postconviction proceedings and appeal. Includes step-by-step analysis of criminal procedure, as well as easy to use forms, checklists, and practice tips." - from the publisher
KFT 209 T5 CRIM.
Texas search and seizure
Latest received: Spring 2019 Supplement. By Barton, Robert R. Juris Pub. Seventh edition. c2018.
"...provides an integrated, comprehensive treatise on the Texas law of arrest and search. It offers both quick answers and in-depth analysis. A convenient and authoritative research tool for preparation of motions to suppress, as well as trial and appellate briefs, Texas Search and Seizure serves as a courtroom reference for trial attorneys and as a bench book for judges." - from the publisher
KFT 9630 B3
Latest received: 2014 Pocket parts. By Bradley, John. Juris. Sixth edition. c2011.
"...a tool for all Judges and Lawyers to use when seeking to represent clients and to administer justice. Adding to the complexity of sentencing law is the concept that any legislative changes are applicable only to offenses committed on or after the effective date of that change. As the criminal justice system has been adjusted, there have been numerous small changes made (such as whether probation is automatic for state jail felonies, involving 4 different sets of rules) each of which is applicable only for offenses committed while that law was in effect. " - from the publisher
KFT 9685 B73
Warrantless search & seizure
Latest received: 2019 Edition. By Beckham, Diane Burch. Texas District & County Attorneys Association. c2002-.
This book sets out the basics of 4th Amendment law then moves to more specific situations, including searches in cars, homes, offices, and schools, statements, and the exclusionary rule-complete with handy reference charts in each chapter. Beckham's resource is written with the needs of Texas prosecutors and law enforcement professionals in mind.
KFT 9630 B4
Latest received: 2018. By Hall, Phil. Texas District & County Attorneys Association. 2018 edition. c2005-.
This manual walks the reader through statutes, caselaw, and real-life examples applicable to Texas search and seizure. This resource includes forms and is accompanied by a CD-Rom. Topics include preparing warrant affidavits, probable cause, executing search and arrest warrants, suppression hearings, and specialty warrants.
KFT 9630 H35
By Jacobs, Andrea. Texas District & County Attorneys Association. c2016.
This guide, "includes everything prosecutors need to know about answering writs of habeas corpus filed under Code of Criminal Procedure arts. 11.07 and 11.072 plus DNA testing petitions filed under Chapter 64 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Writs includes checklists, sample forms and tips and is a must-have for anyone in a prosecutor’s office who handles writs of habeas corpus." - from the publisher
KFT 9619 J3
» Federal/General Titles
ABA standards for criminal justice : Treatment of prisoners
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Standards Committee. 3rd ed. c2011.
Approved in 2010, these "black letter" standards, "set out principles and functional parameters to guide the operation of American jails and prisons, in order to help the nation’s criminal justice policy-makers, correctional administrators, legislators, judges, and advocates protect prisoner’s rights while promoting the safety, humaneness, and effectiveness of our correctional facilities." - from the publisher
KF 9731 A44
ABA standards for criminal justice pleas of guilty
By American Bar Association. American Bar Association. 3rd ed. c1999.
Approved in 1997, these "black letter" standards, "not only [include] standards for procedures to be followed by a court in taking the plea of guilty but also standards to govern the common practice of negotiating between prosecutors and defense counsel with a view to reaching agreement on terms upon which a guilty plea will be tendered." - from the publisher
KF 9654 S83
ABA standards for criminal justice. Speedy trial and timely resolution of criminal cases
By American Bar Association. American Bar Association. 3rd ed. c2006.
Approved in 2004, these "black letter" standards focus on preventing the defendant from languishing in custody awaiting trial. The third edition of the Standards has expanded this concept to “timely resolution of criminal cases.” This change reflects several considerations. Increasingly many criminal cases are resolved without going to trial, but the defendant, the victims, the witnesses, and the court system benefit from a swift closure to criminal matters. Also includes historical notes and unofficial commentary for further discussion.
KF 9223.4 A95
Another bite at the apple : A guide to section 2255 motions for federal prisoners
By Bergmann, Janice. American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section. 1st ed. c2009.
This book focuses, "on the special procedures and concerns that arise when a prisoner moves to advocate, set aside, or correct a federal conviction or sentence under Section 2255, ... which is especially important now as Section 2255 proceedings have become significantly more complex with the enactment of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, and federal courts continue to struggle with the interpretation of the AEDPA's provisions." - from the publisher
KF 9011 B47
Federal criminal appeals
Latest received: 2017. West. c2011-.
Explores the process of adjudicating criminal appeals in the US Courts of Appeals and the United State Supreme Court. Chapters cover the role of appellate counsel, jurisdiction, appealability, scope and standards of review, and the decision making process. Supreme Court appeals are addressed in a dedicated chapter. Appendices include rules of the Supreme Court as well as the individual Circuit Courts.
KF 9690 G7
Federal criminal procedure litigation manual
Latest received: 2016. Anderson Pub. Co. 2001-.
This very practical manual provides the text of each Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure and then provides a commentary to highlight the “key issues” associated with the rule. "Practice Tips" for both the defense and prosecution are included to help put the rules into practice. Providing citations to related rules, constitutional and statutory provisions, leading cases and treatises allows the reader to easily locate additional information, while keeping the manual compact.
KF 9619 F43
Federal postconviction remedies and relief : With forms
2004-. Harrison Co. c1996-.
Designed for attorneys who practice in the field of federal postconviction remedies, this manual contains all the basic federal statutes, federal rules of court and related reference sources essential to litigating a federal postconviction remedy proceeding. It deals at length with the six principal federal postconviction remedies for federal convicts and the federal habeas corpus remedy for state convicts.
KF 9010 W55
Federal sentencing law and practice
West Pub. Co. Latest received: 2017 edition.
This text provides detailed analysis of topics such as white-collar crime and the sentencing of organizations, plus research-enhancing analysis of recent cases. Examines factors used in determining the guideline range, nature of the offensive conduct, possible adjustments to the guideline sentence, defendant’s criminal history, how a particular sentence is calculated, and procedures for plea agreements. Includes appellate review of sentences and departures. Analyzes and explains each guideline in detail. Features the official text of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and commentary issued by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
KF 9685 H8
How to try a murder case : Pretrial and trial guidelines for prosecution and defense
By Wims, Michael D. American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section. 1st ed. 2011.
This book, "covers the preparation from the very beginning -- even before the crime was committed -- and progresses through the investigation to searches, arrest, and interrogation. This book explains the law, provides examples, and gives advice by offering the reader vicarious experience in trying a murder case. It covers topics that are most essential to the successful litigation of homicide cases, such as mental health issues that often influence both the litigation and sentencing processes." - from the publisher
KF 9306 W56
O'Connor's federal criminal rules & codes plus
Latest received: 2019 Edition. Jones McClure Pub. 2010-.
"...provides the annotated Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, and more. The book also includes other federal rules, Title 18 U.S.C., selections from the Sentencing Guidelines, and selections from many other U.S.C. titles that provide for offenses or relate to criminal procedure." - from the publisher
KF 9606.99 D568
Latest received: 2017. West. 2009 ed.-. c2009-.
An extensive volume explaining and analyzing all aspects of postconviction remedies. The editors address state postconviction remedies, federal postconviction remedies for challenging state convictions, and federal postconviction remedies, walking attorneys through the variations and procedures of each. Appendices contain pertinent rules as well as forms.
KF 9690 Y32
State postconviction remedies and relief handbook : With forms
Latest received: 2017-2018 edition. Harrison Co. c1996-.
This series covers the multifarious topic of state postconviction remedies. Recent changes regarding state postconviction procedure are discussed to provide the reader with up-to-date knowledge for each jurisdiction. Information regarding Federal habeas corpus is also presented to aid practitioners in understanding the relationship between state and federal remedies. A collection of forms is included to aid with postconviction practice.
KF 9690 W55
Winning the acquittal : Tips from a high profile trial
By Pasano, Michael S. American Bar Association. 1st ed. c2011.
"Based on a trial diary kept by Michael S. Pasano, it documents the day-to-day developments of the high-profile 2009 trial of Luisa Inclán Bird, an advisor to Puerto Rico's former governor. Each step of the trial, from preparation and jury selection to media coverage, cross-examination, and closing, is enhanced with sample questions and practical tools for use in the courtroom. Told in "real time", the book is filled with observations and comments about how criminal defense work is done; what succeeds and does not succeed; how criminal defense attorneys perform their work; and what well-planned steps they take toward winning a judgment for their clients." - from the publisher
KF 9656 P37