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: Mel Koehler

Office Manager: Charlotte Popp

Chief Civil Legal Assistant: Juliana Aguirre

 

Assistant District Attorneys:

 Tillman Roots  Joshua Presley
 Rose Latham  Christina Rankin
 Jacqueline Phillips  Lauren Cole
 Clayten H. Hearrell  Ryan Vickers
 Chari Kelly   Abigail Whitaker
 Daniel Palmitier  Nicholas Robinson 
 

Investigators:

Mark Mault - Felony

Martin Bautizta - Felony 

David Young - Misdemeanor

Amber Hardcastle - Felony

 

Staff:

 Natalie Arthur  Brianna Foytik  Melissa Pelata
 Elva Brenner  Sarah Lively  Shannon Reyes
 Lisa Brooks  Jamie Mueller  Sinead Rodriguez
 Maria Corona  Ida Paniagua  Stephanie Walker 
 Ashley Evans  Beth Patton