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Did You Know That Recordings are Required During an Interview for a Serious Felony Offense?

Most people are probably not aware that a new law went into effect in 2017 that changes the way serious felony offenses are handled in Texas. Known as Senate Bill 1253, this law requires that law enforcement must record custodial interrogations that occur in a place of detention when the person being interviewed is suspected of committing or is being charged with committing a crime. If the law enforcement agency does not record the interrogation, they must show good cause why obtaining an electronic recording was not feasible.