Torres v. State

585 S.W.2d 746 (1979)

From our private database of 45,900+ case briefs, written and edited by humans—never with AI.

Torres v. State

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
585 S.W.2d 746 (1979)

Facts

One evening, Helen Torres (defendant) and Robert Miranda broke into Margaret Garcia’s home and threatened to kill her if she did not comply with their demands. Torres had a knife, and Miranda had a gun. Torres and Miranda forced Garcia to collect valuables from around her home and load them into her car. The next morning, they told Garcia to drive to a nearby bank to withdraw money. Garcia went inside the bank and told police she was being robbed. Police officers went outside to investigate. Miranda ran but was caught after exchanging gunfire with police. Torres was found sleeping in Garcia’s car in the parking lot. Torres and Miranda were charged with aggravated robbery. Miranda was convicted and testified at Torres’s trial. He said that on the evening of the robbery, he and Torres had been out drinking. Torres repeatedly asked him why he didn’t have a job, and Miranda wanted her to stop complaining, so he fixed her a drink of water and mixed in four or five tablets of a drug used to treat mental illness that also had a sedative effect in large doses. Miranda did not tell Torres that he drugged her beverage. Garcia testified at trial that Miranda appeared to be guiding Torres through the robbery, that both Miranda and Torres acted like they were on drugs, and that Torres was falling asleep on the way to the bank. Torres asked the trial court for a jury instruction on the defense of involuntary intoxication. The judge refused, and Torres was convicted. She appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Davis, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 735,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.

    Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.

    Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee

Here's why 735,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 45,900 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership
Here's why 735,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet
  • 45,900 briefs - keyed to 984 casebooks
  • Uniform format for every case brief
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions
  • Top-notch customer support

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership