Legal Defense

Legal Plan FAQs

Q: Who has access to the TMPA Legal Defense Plan?

A: Any full-time TMPA member has access to all of TMPA’s legal defense services. Part-time, reserve, and retired members have access to the same criminal and civil coverage with no administrative coverage at a reduced rate. For questions about your coverage, please call us at (512) 454-8900 or (800) 848-2088.

Q: Who can become a TMPA member?

A: Any Texas peace officer can join.  In addition, anyone who works in a law enforcement agency in Texas or is under the direction of a chief administrator or elected official who holds a TCOLE peace officer’s license can join.

Q: How long does it take for TMPA’s Legal Defense plan to kick-in once I am a member?

A: After you apply and make your first dues payment, you have coverage for civil, criminal and administrative claims for incidents that occur after joining. There is no administrative coverage when there is a no-cause termination within 60 days of joining.

Q: Can I use my own lawyer?

A: You can use your own attorney as long as they are willing to engage in a services contract and they have errors and omissions insurance. Click here for a list of attorneys in your region.

Q: What if I need immediate legal assistance?

A: If you are involved in a critical incident (shooting, in-custody death, major accident, etc.) call TMPA at 1-800-848-2088 and we will immediately send an attorney to the scene any time, day or night. We guarantee to have an attorney on scene within two hours or we will pay you $500. If you are in need of an attorney to consult with you prior to giving a statement about an internal affairs issue or a criminal investigation that is not the result of a critical incident, we will get you in touch with an attorney as soon as possible. In the meantime, if it is a criminal investigation, you are advised to not to waive your rights and insist that you get to speak with an attorney prior to providing your statement.