Q: What is 15.17 hearing
It is a reference to Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 15.17 which discusses the procedure for taking an arrested person to a magistrate judge. There was a Texas case called Rothgery v. Gillespie County that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court that is directly on-point with regard to 15.17 so reading about that specific case might be more informative than reading the dry text of the statute.
If you want to read the statute, you can find it here: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/CR/htm/CR.15.htm#15.17
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