DeLeon v. State

Decision Date18 March 1998
Docket NumberNo. 1348-97,1348-97
PartiesPaul Sylvia DELEON, Appellant, v. The STATE of Texas, Appellee.
CourtTexas Court of Criminal Appeals

Stanley G. Schneider, Houston, for appellant.

Alan Curry, Asst. District Attorney, Houston, Matthew Paul, State's Atty., Austin, for State.

Before the court en banc.



Appellant was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and sentenced to confinement for ten years. The Court of Appeals reversed the conviction, holding that appellant's conviction for this offense violated appellant's double jeopardy protection against multiple punishments because the State Comptroller's Office had already assessed a drug tax and penalties against appellant for his failure to pay the tax. DeLeon v. State, 951 S.W.2d 283 (Tex.App.--Houston [14th Dist.] 1997). The record does not reflect appellant ever paid any portion of the tax, but the Court of Appeals held the mere assessment constituted punishment. Id. at 286.

The State filed a petition for discretionary review, arguing that the Court of Appeals erred by holding that the mere assessment of the tax constituted punishment under the double jeopardy clause. At the time the Court of Appeals handed down its opinion, it did not have the benefit of this Court's decisions in Ex parte Ward, 964 S.W.2d 617 (Tex.Cr.App.1998), and Ex parte Chappell, 959 S.W.2d 627 (Tex.Cr.App.1998), which held that mere assessment of the drug tax does not constitute punishment.

Accordingly, we summarily grant the State's petition, vacate the judgment of the Court of Appeals, and remand the cause to that court for reconsideration in light of Chappell and Ward.

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  • State v. Rocha, 13-95-398-CR
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas
    • 18 Febrero 1999
    ...Court of Appeals followed this holding in DeLeon v. State, 951 S.W.2d 283, 284 (Tex.App.--Houston [14th Dist.] 1997), vacated, 962 S.W.2d 600 (Tex.Crim.App.1998), and in Ledford v. State, 1997 WL 109948, * 1 (Tex.App.--Houston [14th Dist.] 1997), vacated, 970 S.W.2d 17 (Tex.Crim.App.1998). ......

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