What Is a ''Cumulation Order'' ?

A cumulation order must be sufficiently specific to be valid. See Ex parte San Migel, 973 S.W.2d 310 (Tex. Crim. App. 1998). Generally, a cumulation order should contain the cause number and the date of the prior conviction, the correct name of the court in which the prior conviction occurred, and the term of years assessed in the prior case. See id. at 311. However, these requirements are not absolutes; a cumulation order is valid when it is sufficiently specific to allow the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division to identify the prior conviction with which the newer conviction is cumulated. See id.