A review of cases involving confessions, searches, and seizures shows significant developments in search and seizure jurisprudence but no significant change in confession jurisprudence. Because there have been no significant changes in confession jurisprudence, this Survey includes a brief snapshot into cases decided by Texas’s Courts of Appeals during the Survey period—December 1, 2015 to November 30, 2016. The U.S. Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals continue to develop the law around warrantless blood draws and breath tests. The court of criminal appeals has also clarified ambiguities in the areas of standing and reasonable suspicion.
Elena Alicia Esparza, et al., Criminal Procedure: Confessions, Searches, and Seizures, 3 SMU Ann. Tex. Surv. 163 (2017)