State Counsel for Offenders
Criminal Defense Section
The Criminal Defense Section represents indigent clients who are indicted for felonies allegedly committed while incarcerated within the TDCJ. Investigators and legal assistants aid attorneys in defending their clients. Investigators may interview clients and witnesses, photograph evidence and crime scenes. Legal assistants support the attorneys by preparing files and documents, and arranging attorneys’ meetings with clients. Attorneys represent clients from the time of Board appointment until completion of the case. In doing so, attorneys review the State’s evidence, select expert witnesses when needed, attend all court hearings, file all necessary motions, obtain plea agreements when appropriate, prepare the cases for trial, and represent clients in 12-person jury trials throughout the state.