Travis County Officer Billy Winkler stopped by the CLEAT State Headquarters with his son Rowdy Winkler to get his will done. Family is the best reason for officers getting their wills done, and to top it off, for free!
In August 2012 Deputy Alex Quintanilla was working for the Bexar County Constables Office Precinct 1. He had enjoyed working for Precinct 1 for over 15 years and reached the rank of Sergeant. But that all changed in when he found himself in the middle of a dispute between the Constable and the elected Justice of the Peace. Deputy Quintanilla became the target of hostile actions on the part of the Constable. He was demoted from Sergeant, taken off the streets and placed in the courtroom as a bailiff.
Unhappy with his situation Deputy Quintanilla approached the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department about going to work for them. In September 2012, Deputy Quintanilla was offered a job as a Deputy Sheriff and he accepted the position. Deputy Quintanilla tendered his resignation to the Constable and it was accepted. Deputy Quintanilla even received a letter thanking him for all his years of service to the citizens of Precinct 1. Read More »
CLEAT’s premier legal program has added two money backed guarantees to CLEAT members. When a member involved in a critical incident calls the 24 hour critical incident hotline phone number (800-752-5328) identifying that the member has been involved in a critical incident, CLEAT guarantees an attorney on the scene within two hours of the call being received. If an attorney does not arrive at the scene within two hours the member will receive $1,000. Also when the member involved in a critical incident calls the CLEAT critical incident hotline number, CLEAT guarantees that the next person the member talks with will be an attorney after the call is received and if not, the member receives $1,000. CLEAT members are assured complete attorney-client privileged communication rather than talk to a staff person who is not an attorney as TMPA provides. See CLEAT legal plan for coverage rights.
Pictured is Officer Jimmie Reynolds from the Texas City Police Department and CLEAT Staff Attorney Bob Thomas. Officer Reynolds had three disciplinary suspensions removed from his personnel file and was reinstated with all back pay for a three day suspension; a five day suspension; and another five day suspension.
The Austin Police Association recently gave CLEAT Attorney Nadia Stewart a Special Recognition Award at their First Annual Hearts & Badges Valentines Ball. Nadia was assigned to the Austin Office by CLEAT nearly two years ago, and has worked diligently representing officers in Central Texas.
“Her passion for the fair and equitable treatment of police officers has earned her a solid reputation among those she has represented,” said Wayne Vincent, President of the APA.
CLEAT Attorney Bob Leonard recently spoke to the graduating class in Laredo about the importance of being a member of the Laredo Police Officers Association(LPOA) and CLEAT. He spoke on the different legal aspects that often arise while being an officer, and the benefits that come along with being a member.
Recently, Lt. Valencia was handed a 40 hour suspension and a demotion to Sergeant. He immediately called the CLEAT Legal Division for assistance. Read More »
CLEAT Attorney Craig Driskell recently attended the swearing-in of Harris County’s newest DA, Honorable Mike Anderson. Driskell was an assistant DA with Anderson in the late 90s and then prosecuted in his felony court when he was elected district judge. The police officers in Harris County would like to welcome him to his new position.
CLEAT would like to welcome Jesica Ramirez to the Legal Services Division. She will be working in the Fort Worth Office assisting in Legal Services.
Steven Redmon was reinstated to the Sheriff’s Department by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department Civil Service Commission in their first landmark hearing. The deputies and jailers of the Ft Bend Sheriff’s Department obtained civil service and the commission was created in May 2012. After the very first civil service appeal hearing, the commission reversed the termination by the Sheriff and reduced the discipline to a written reprimand and reinstated Officer Redmon.