THE MISSION OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
THE MISSION OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
THE MISSION OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
The duty of the District Attorney is not to convict, but to see that justice is done. (Article 2.01, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure)
As your District Attorney, I am committed to providing the highest quality legal representation for the public and individual victims of crime, as well as effectively contributing to efforts to reform and improve the criminal justice system and strengthen our community.
The District Attorney's Office represents Texas and victims of crime in the prosecution of felony offenses committed in Jim Wells and Brooks Counties. The office also prosecutes the juvenile cases in Jim Wells County and initiates criminal asset forfeiture cases on behalf of the State of Texas in Brooks and Jim Wells Counties. Additionally, the 79th Judicial District Attorney's Office administers several grants including a Border Prosecution Unit Grant through the Texas Governor's Office and a Crime Victims' Grant through the Texas Attorney General's Office.
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NOTICE TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE VISITORS
Due to recent public health concerns, the District Attorney’s Office is open by phone appointment only. The DA’s Office will continue to serve the public in a manner designed to protect all parties.
To make a phone appointment, call:
Jim Wells County: (361)668-5716-phone; (361)668-9974-fax
Brooks County: (361)325-5604-phone; (361)325-2993-fax
Crime Victims’ Services: (888)592-2827
Documents may be faxed to the numbers listed above, emailed to [email protected] or mailed to P.O. Drawer 3157, Alice, Texas 78333. Documents may also be dropped off at the parcel box located at the entrance of the DA’s Office.
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DENIM DAY, April 29, 2020
For the past 21 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. This year’s Denim Day is April 29, 2020
ASST. DA IS FEATURED IN THE PINWHEEL
Margie S. Flores, Assistant District Attorney for the 79th Judicial District Attorney's Office was featured in the Vol. 8/October 2019 edition of The Pinwheel, which is the Children's Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend's monthly newsletter. To read the Partner Profile written about Margie and the other articles, visit the CACCB's website and scroll down to the bottom of the homepage at https://www.coastalbendcac.org/
DA INVESTIGATOR/TRAINER FOR BPU IS PUBLISHED IN TDCAA
Jason Childers, an investigator and training coordinator for the 79th Judicial District Attorney's Office under the Border Prosecution Unit was published in the July/August 2019 edition of The Texas Prosecutor. Jason's article entitled "Gang Violence Intervention" can be found on the TDCAA website- https://www.tdcaa.com/journal/gang-violence-intervention/
DA INVESTIGATOR PRESENTS AT THE 2019 ANNUAL BPU CONFERENCE
District Attorney, Carlos Omar Garcia, Assistant District Attorneys, Jon West, Richard Mackay, and Alfonzo Cuellar, and Investigator Jason Childers attended the 2019 Annual Training for the Texas Border Prosecution Unit (BPU). The Training was held in Austin, Texas on June 3-6, 2019 and included representation from 20 jurisdictions that make up the BPU. One of the highlighted presentations was entitled “Gang Investigation and Prosecution and Chapter 67 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure” presented by Tony Hackebeil, Assistant Criminal District Attorney with the Bexar County BPU-TAG(Texas Anti-Gang Unit) and our own 79th Judicial District Attorney Investigator Jason Childers. For more information, please read the news article at https://www.alicetx.com/news/20190610/2019-annual-border-prosecution-unit-conference.
ALBERTO "ALBERT" BYINGTON, JR.
It is with sad and heavy hearts that the 79 Judicial District Attorney’s Office says farewell to Alberto “Albert” Byington, Jr. On August 5, 2017, Albert was called home after a courageous battle with his health. Albert worked as an Assistant District Attorney with the 79 Judicial District Attorney for Jim Wells and Brooks Counties from 2011 up until his passing. Albert started his tenure as a prosecutor under the Border Prosecution Unit grant between 2011 and 2015, Albert then transitioned into a general prosecution position during the remainder of his career. Albert was licensed as an attorney in 1997, worked under two elected District Attorneys, and maintained a private civil law practice.
During his time with the District Attorney’s Office, Albert was managing prosecutor for the Brooks County office and handled a diverse Jim Wells County caseload. Albert received specialized training through the Texas District & County Attorneys Association, Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Attorney General’s Office, and the Border Prosecution Unit.
Albert’s strong personality and sharp wit coupled with his sense of humor helped ease the stresses associated with the pressures of seeking justice in our rural jurisdiction. Albert was not one to mince words, you always knew where he stood on any issue. Albert was a dedicated advocate for the State and servant to our community. Albert will never be forgotten as his spirit will live on within his family here in the District Attorney’s Office.
May God be with your family during this heartbreaking time- we can only pray that they be as strong as you were. May you rest in peace and know that our love and prayers for you are endless.
PASSED RELEASES AND NOTICES
The 79th Judicial District Attorney's Office has improved the criminal justice system and overall prosecution in our jurisdiction by implementing a digital filing system with law enforcement agencies, consolidating the intake process of both counties served, taking a multidisciplinary team approach on child abuse and domestic violence cases, by creating a revolutionary new approach in the prosecution of gangs focused on building coordinated organized crime cases with our state and federal agencies.
The DA's office has received over $2.1 million (2013-present) in state grants that were written, submitted, and administered by the DA’s office to improve the criminal justice system in our area by providing additional staff members, training for office personnel and law enforcement (over 2,500 hours of training provided to our area peace officers at no cost to the law enforcement departments), equipment, and supplies
Over $1.2 million (2013-present) in asset forfeiture funds administered by the DA's office has been used cover expenses that would otherwise be covered by local-tax funded budgets. Expenses include: 1) assist local law enforcement in purchasing equipment ($155,000) and attend specialized training ($85,000); 2) pay for training for prosecutors, investigators, crime victim assistants and staff ($85,000); pay for trial expenses($47,500), investigative expenses($30,000), computer software/hardware ($105,000), office equipment ($95,000), vehicle maintenance ($73,500), travel expenses ($35,000), and supplies ($49,500); provide contributions for local crime prevention and crime victim organizations providing services in our jurisdiction ($157,000), public service projects ($105,000), and crime victims service programs and services ($225,000).
Matter reviewed in connection with Alice Councilwoman Elida Garza.
The Guardian of Justice Award is a memorial award presented in recognition of a life of service and dedication to the criminal justice system in the 79th Judicial District.
SAFETY TIPS AND EDUCATIONAL SHEETS ADDED:
This document provides the general guidelines uses by the DA's office in deciding what information can and cannot be disclosed.
TDCAA has drafted this FAQ-style memorandum in an attempt to educate the public and correct some common
misconceptions about the Texas criminal
Elder Abuse Prevention tips available in Spanish!
Prevención de Abuso Contra los Ancianos!
The 79th Judicial District Attorney's Office offers thanks to Gerardo "Jerry" Flores, Court Interpreter for the 79th Judicial District Court, for translating the Elder Abuse Prevention tips into Spanish and to his wife, Diana Flores, who works in the Jim Wells County Auditor's Office, for typing and formatting the Spanish version of the tips.
Here are some internet safety tips from our Texas Attorney General.
Carlos Omar Garcia, 79th Judicial District Attorney, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Child Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend (CACCB). The CACCB is a collaborative effort of public agencies charged with investigating, prosecuting, and treating child victims of sexual and physical abuse. The CACCB provides services in Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio counties.
Carlos Omar Garcia, 79th Judicial District Attorney, has been appointed to the State Bar of Texas' Committee on Crime Victims by State Bar President Trey Apffel. Carlos' term will begin after the June 2014 Annual Texas State Bar Meeting and ends after the 2017 Annual Meeting. The Crime Victims Committee is a standing committee of the State Bar of Texas. Its purpose is to educate the legal profession and the public about legal and social resources available to crime victims.
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