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Authors Holtz and Spencer take an innovative approach to the study and practical application of the cases and statutes for the laws of arrest, search and seizure.


Texas Law Enforcement Handbook: Contemporary Criminal Procedure

Authors Holtz and Spencer take an innovative approach to the study and practical application of modern criminal procedure. The book dissects and analyzes critical court cases involving the laws of arrest, search and seizure, investigative detentions (including stop and frisk, and motor vehicle stops), interviews, confessions and Miranda, the right to counsel, identification procedures, evidence, and law enforcement liability. The Texas Law Enforcement Handbook: Contemporary Criminal Procedure is a critical resource for law enforcement agencies and criminal justice professionals.

The 2018-2019 Edition contains new legislation, including:

  • Auto exception does not permit an officer, without authorization, to enter the curtilage of a home in order to search a vehicle parked at the top of the home’s driveway. Collins v. Virginia.
  • Revisiting the requirements for a lawful consent to search. U.S. v. Worley; U.S. v. Radford.
  • Individuals have a constitutional right of privacy in their cell-phone location information. Carpenter v. U.S.

Larry E. Holtz

Larry E. Holtz has served the City of Atlantic City as a police officer, detective, sergeant and police attorney, where he earned over fifteen departmental commendations. He later served as an Assistant County Prosecutor and New Jersey Deputy Attorney General. During his tenure at the Attorney General’s Office, Law Enforcement, Legal Affairs Section, he co-authored the State’s Charging Manual, various Attorney General Guidelines and was the Executive Editor of the Division of Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Reporter.

Mr. Holtz has also served as a municipal prosecutor for three towns in South Jersey, the Director of the Cape May County Police Academy, and as adjunct professor at Widener School of Law and Rowan University. He is a member of the bar in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Holtz has unmatched experience in the field of law enforcement, police training and instructor/teacher development. Over the past 30 years, he has designed and conducted basic, in-service and advanced training programs at various police academies and prosecutors’ offices throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has also designed and conducted advanced education seminars for New Jersey judges, attorneys, and professional educators.

Presently, Mr. Holtz is a criminal justice and law enforcement educator and consultant. He is the author of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Handbook, the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Handbook, the Texas Law Enforcement Handbook, Criminal Procedure for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Professionals (the Federal Law Enforcement Handbook), Criminal Evidence for Criminal Justice Professionals, Effective Law Enforcement Report Writing, and Formal Study Guides for the NJ Attorney General Guidelines, Title 2C, and the Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure. He is also published in the Dickinson Law Review, the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Police and Security News, the National Academy Associate, and Law Enforcement Technology.


Part I - Arrest, Search and Seizure
Part II - Interviews and Confessions; Eyewitness Identification; and the Sixth Amendment Rights to Counsel and Confrontation
Part III - Addenda Table of Cases Index