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Houston Criminal Defense Attorney - Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 2.19

Houston Criminal Defense Attorney - Brian Foley - Board Certified in Criminal Law on Article 2.19 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.


Under this law, the sheriff is required to provide written notice to the district or county attorney on the first day of each month. The notice must contain the names of all prisoners in custody and the authority under which they are being detained.

While this may seem like a routine administrative task, it can have significant implications for individuals who are facing criminal charges. The information provided in these reports can be used to build a case against a defendant or to identify potential witnesses in a case.


As a criminal defense attorney, it is essential to review these reports and understand their potential impact on your clients' cases. You may need to challenge the authority under which your client is being detained or seek additional information to build a strong defense.


It is also important to note that failure to comply with Art. 2.19 can result in legal consequences for the sheriff. This underscores the importance of ensuring that all necessary information is provided in a timely and accurate manner.


In conclusion, while Art. 2.19 may seem like a minor administrative task, it can have significant implications for individuals facing criminal charges. As a criminal defense attorney, it is essential to understand this law and its potential impact on your clients' cases. By staying informed and taking the necessary steps to protect your clients' rights, you can help ensure a fair and just outcome.



Art. 2.19. REPORT AS TO PRISONERS. On the first day of each month, the sheriff shall give notice, in writing, to the district or county attorney, where there be one, as to all prisoners in his custody, naming them, and of the authority under which he detains them. Acts 1965, 59th Leg., vol. 2, p. 317, ch. 722.


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