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The Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney is the voice of the people of Texas before the Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest state court for appeals resulting from criminal cases.

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Lisa C. McMinn retired December 5, 2016, and the Court has since appointed Stacey M. (Goldstein) Soule as the State Prosecuting Attorney.

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The State Prosecuting Attorney’s email for service purposes is: information@spa.texas.gov

Latest Pending PDR Case Summaries

Petition filed by SPA icondenotes a petition filed by SPA



1. "Is the 'right' not to be subjected to improper jury argument forfeitable?" 2. "Is there a word so inflammatory that its mere mention in closing arguments incurably taints the entire trial?"



1. "Is the evidence sufficient to prove aggravated assault with a deadly weapon when the State proves the offense alleged in the indictment, but there is a variance between the pleadings and proof ...



1. "Did the court of appeals err in finding exigent circumstances existed?" 2. "Can law enforcement create their own exigent circumstances?"

Latest Publications

Disclaimer: The legal authorities cited in these papers was current as of the date of their distribution or publication. Because the law is in a continuous state of change, attorneys should exercise due diligence by checking the currentness and completeness of governing legal authorities (i.e., Shepardizing and Keyciting) and applicable statewide and local rules of appellate procedure.

Habeas Corpus Filing Procedures

Conference / CLE

County And District Clerks Association Conference

Basic Writ Procedure Checklist

Conference / CLE

County And District Clerks Association Conference

Blood-Draw and Traffic Offense Decisions

Conference / CLE

This presentation was prepared by Stacey M. Soule for the 2016 Traffic Safety Initiative Conference.

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Mailing Address

P. O. Box 13046
Austin, Texas 78711-3046

Physical Address

209 W. 14th Street
Austin, Texas 78701


(512) 463-1660


(512) 463-5724