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Stacey M. Soule, State Prosecuting Attorney

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

Since 1923, the State Prosecuting Attorney has been charged with representing the people of Texas before the Court of Criminal Appeals, the State's highest criminal court.  The office has assumed additional responsibility over the years, as changes and improvements have been made in the criminal justice system.  The duties of the office are set out by the Texas Legislature:

  • The State Prosecuting Attorney represents the state in all proceedings before the Court of Criminal Appeals.

  • The State Prosecuting Attorney may also represent the state in any stage of a criminal case before a state court of appeals if she considers it necessary for the interest of the state.

  • The State Prosecuting Attorney may assist a district or a county attorney in representing the state before a court of appeals if requested to do so by the district or county attorney.

  • The State Prosecuting Attorney may be assisted by a district or county attorney in representing the state before the Court of Criminal Appeals.

In carrying out these duties, the State Prosecuting Attorney and two assistant State Prosecuting Attorneys keep abreast of the latest criminal law issues and review the opinions from Texas appellate courts; submit petitions, briefs and oral argument in the cases of greatest importance to the State's criminal jurisprudence; and work closely with local district and county attorneys across the State on emerging criminal law issues.  Our goal is to provide the highest level of legal advice and counsel to prosecutors and the best possible representation to the citizens of Texas.

For more information about the duties of our office, please go to  our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Latest Pending PDR Case Summaries

Petition filed by SPA icondenotes a petition filed by SPA

MONTELONGO, ALBERTO

05/08/2019

“Whether or not the 8th Court of Appeals erred in finding that Appellant waived his right to a hearing on a properly presented and filed motion for new trial?”

FOSTER, JOHN

05/01/2019

1. "Is a defendant entitled to a jury instruction on self-defense when he testifies that he did not commit the charged offense and, at most, he admits to committing a separate lesser-included offen...

HEATH, DWAYNE ROBERT

04/10/2019

1. “Did the court of appeals err by reversing the trial court’s discovery sanction order under a theory not raised by the State?” 2. “Was Appellee’s discovery request sufficient under the Michael ...

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.

Pending PDRs May 2019 Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals

Conference / CLE
05/03/2019

Pending Issues on Petition for Discretionary Review in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Dawson Conference on Criminal Appeals May 2019

Differences in the Duty to Disclose

Conference / CLE
05/02/2019

Differences in the Duty to Disclose: Brady, Morton, & Ethics Rules

Double Jeopardy & Collateral Estoppel: A Thing Derided

Conference / CLE
05/01/2019

Double Jeopardy & Collateral Estoppel: A Thing Derided

Contact Us

Mailing Address

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

Physical Address

209 W. 14th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Phone

(512) 463-1660

Fax

(512) 463-5724