Criminal District Attorney - Staff

A Criminal District Attorney is a statutorily created office that is legally bound to not only handle all criminal matters for the designated county but also all civil matters related to representation of the county, county officials, and all associated matters. The Texas Constitution provides for the office of County Attorney in each county.

However, the legislature may abolish the office of County Attorney by establishing a Criminal District Attorney for such a county. This legislative change took place in Comal County in 1997. Prior to this, Comal County had a County Attorney and a District Attorney.

The statutory duties of a Criminal District Attorney include the following:

  • Represent the State of Texas and victims of crimes in all criminal cases in the District Courts, County Courts-at-Law, and Justice Courts and in appeals therefrom.
  • Represent the best interests of our children in Child Protective Services cases.
  • Represent the victims of domestic abuse by obtaining protective orders against abusive family members.
  • Represent the State of Texas and victims of crimes in ensuring that justice is rendered for juveniles accused of criminal offenses.
  • Provide County Officials with written opinions or advice relating to the official duties of that official.



Criminal District Attorney's Office

Criminal District Attorney: Jennifer Tharp

Chief Civil Prosecutor: Tiffany Leal

Chief Felony Prosecutor: Sammy McCrary

Chief Misdemeanor Prosecutor: Clayten Hearrell

Office Manager: Charlotte Popp

Chief Civil Legal Assistant: Juliana Martinez


Assistant District Attorneys:

Jordan Brown Kiera Kilday
Lauren Cole Rose Latham
Jessica Devaney Daniel Palmitier
Jacqueline H. Doyer Joshua Presley
Shelby Griffin Nicholas Robinson
Clayten Hearrell Tillman Roots
Robyn Katz Kirsten Thompson
Lance Kennedy Abigail Whitaker


Mark Mault - Felony

Martin Bautizta - Felony

David Young - Misdemeanor

Amber Hardcastle - Felony



 Natalie Arthur    Melissa Pelata
 Elva Brenner Carolyn McGinley  Shannon Reyes
 Maria Corona  Jamie Mueller  Sinead Rodriguez
 Danielle Groff  Ida Paniagua  Rebecca Stribling
 Brianna Foytik  Beth Patton  Stephanie Walker 

Comal County Criminal District Attorney