Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code
Sec. § 104.0035
State Liability; Criminal Prosecution


(a)

The state shall indemnify a person for reasonable attorneys fees incurred in defense of a criminal prosecution against the person if:

(1)

the person is covered by Section 104.001;

(2)

the attorney general determines that the conduct for which the person is criminally prosecuted could give rise to a civil cause of action covered by Section 104.002;

(3)

the person is found not guilty after a trial or appeal or the complaint, information, or indictment is dismissed without a plea of guilty or nolo contendere being entered; and

(4)

the attorney general determines that the complaint, information, or indictment presented against the person was dismissed because:

(A)

the presentment was made on mistake, false information, or other similar basis, indicating absence of probable cause to believe, at the time of the dismissal, the person committed the offense; or

(B)

the complaint, information, or indictment was void.

(b)

State liability for indemnification under this section may not exceed $10,000 for the prosecution of a criminal offense or the prosecution of two or more offenses prosecuted in a single criminal action.

(c)

This section does not apply to a person who is criminally prosecuted for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated under Section 49.04, Penal Code, for intoxication assault committed while operating a motor vehicle under Section 49.07, Penal Code, or for intoxication manslaughter under Section 49.08, Penal Code.

(d)

An initial determination of the liability of the state for indemnification and the reasonableness of attorneys fees under this section shall be made by the attorney general upon application by any person other than:

(1)

an employee or former employee of the attorney generals office; or

(2)

the attorney general or a former attorney general.

(e)

If the attorney general determines under Subsection (d) that the state is liable for indemnification, the attorney general shall indemnify the person for reasonable attorneys fees as provided by this section from funds appropriated for that purpose. If the attorney general determines that the state is not liable for indemnification, the person may appeal to a district court in Travis County. A person who is not entitled to an initial determination under Subsection (d) may bring an action in a district court in Travis County.

(f)

The district court in Travis County has jurisdiction to hear a suit under this section and may issue an order directing the attorney generals office to indemnify the person for reasonable attorneys fees as provided by this section. The judgment of the district court is final and is not subject to appeal.
Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 29, Sec. 2, eff. Oct. 20, 1987. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 14.02, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
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