State Counsel for Offenders
Civil Defense Section
The Civil Defense Section represents clients targeted for indefinite, involuntary civil commitment under Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 841, commonly known as the Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) statute. Attorneys and legal assistants work together to help provide a defense to civil commitment clients. Attorneys handle all parts of the case, including conducting discovery, the selection of expert witnesses, the taking and defending of client and expert depositions, and representing clients in 12-person jury trials throughout the state.