Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

The History of TCCDLA

The Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCCDLA) was formed in Fort Worth, Texas under the present name in the late 1970s. Before that, it was known simply as the Tarrant County Criminal Bar. Although the name has changed, the purpose of TCCDLA remains the same.

Tarrant County Courthouse
Historic Tarrant County Courthouse. Photographer: K. D. Barrett

The Mission of TCCDLA

The mission of TCCDLA is to promote superior representation of persons accused of criminal offenses, to promote goodwill in the community, and to educate the public about the defense of individuals charged with crimes. TCCDLA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit association of attorneys who represent individuals charged with criminal offenses in Tarrant County.

Toward that end, TCCDLA seeks to keep its members current on the latest developments in the area of criminal law and promote adherence to ethical standards by all participants in the criminal justice system.

Criminal Defense: A Fundamental Right

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” Martin Luther King Jr.

When the government brings a criminal charge against a person, the accused comes face-to-face with a prosecutor who has an immense amount of power to take the accused’s freedom. Our system of justice recognizes this power must be tempered with a fundamental and unalienable right to counsel. TCCDLA believes this is a critical right and criminal defense attorneys must rise to meet the challenge to prevent injustice in adjudication and sentencing.

Become a Member of TCCDLA

If you are an attorney who practices in criminal law in Tarrant County, the best thing you can do to improve your standing as a criminal defense attorney is to be a member of the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Through our monthly meetings, we provide 11 hours of CLE per year. We also maintain a TCCDLA listserv through which members can ask questions, find experts, and discuss trial strategies.

How To Join TCCDLA

You can apply to be a member of the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association here: Join TCCDLA.

Memberships are valid from January 1 to December 31, of each year, with no proration. Memberships are by individual only, no corporate or firm memberships are allowed, and are limited to attorneys in good standing with the bar.


Tarrant County Trial Board

Defense Verdicts

We showcase our members’ victories in trial through the Tarrant County Trial Board. If you are a member and have had success in trial (defined as an acquittal, a hung jury, a conviction on a lesser charge, or by beating the State’s best offer, let us know!)

Week ofCourt ChargeDefense AttorneySecond ChairOutcome
February 4, 2019432Poss CS 4-200, Poss CS u/1GAPTLNot Guilty
February 4, 2019297Sexual Abuse of a Child u/14 ContinuousDC Clay GrahamNot Guilty
January 28, 2019CCC3DWI-OCNDHung Jury
January 28, 2019CCC4DWIMPNot Guilty
January 28, 2019CCC5ABI-FMEJMistrial
January 28, 2019CCC7UCWStephanie PattenNDNot Guilty
January 28, 2019CCC9DWI and UCWJim RenforthNot Guilty
January 28, 2019CDC1Capital Murder MDSTState Jail Felony
January 28, 2019CDC2Prohibited Substance Inside Correctional FacilityGMSherry ArmstrongHung Jury
January 14, 2019January 1, 1900DWIBFJHNot Guilty
January 14, 2019CCC5ABI-FMSGNot Guilty
January 14, 2019CCC8DWIDMMP$500 fine
12/10/18371Aggravated RobberyWes BallDevin AuclairMistrial - Hung Jury
12/10/18CCC9Failure to IDDavid PalmerNot Guilty
12/10/18CCC2DWIJeffrey BoncekMistrial - Hung Jury
12/10/18CCC1DWIMimi CoffeyNot Guilty
11/12/18CCC7DWICurtis FortinberryNick DavisNot Guilty
11/12/18CCC3DWIJason HowardLuke WilliamsNot Guilty
11/12/18CCC5ABI-FMCMNot Guilty
11/4/18CCC1Assault- Family ViolenceChristopher LankfordKimberly KnappNot Guilty
10/29/18432Hindering Apprehension of a Fugitive and Tampering with EvidenceBrian WalkerBob GillNot Guilty x 2
Probation on Misdemeanor Evading
10/22/18396Aggravated Sexual Assault of a ChildCourtney MillerStuart NealNot Guilty
10/22/18CCC1DWIMimi CoffeyObstruction of Highway, Deferred
10/22/18CCC3DWIBrad ShawRachel Taft Obstruction of Highway, Credit for Time Served
10/15/18CCC9Assault Causing Bodily InjuryAbe FactorNot Guilty
10/15/18CCC3DWIStephen HandyNot Guilty
10/15/18CCC2DWI BAC >/= .15Andrew WilkersonMichael CampbellNot Guilty
10/15/18372Delivery/Manufacture of a CS 4-200G PG1Adam BurneyMark ScottNot Guilty
10/15/18297Aggravated Assault Deadly WeaponLance EvansJessika ValasquezNot Guilty on Agg. Assault, Guilty on Misdemeanor Lessor of Deadly Conduct
10/15/18213Possession of a CS PG1 u/ 1GMark NelonNot Guilty
10/1/18CDC1Theft $20,000 - $100,000 Steve GebhardtAndrea TownsendDirected Verdict - Not Guilty.
9/24/18CCC2ABI-FMBrandon BarnettJesse LotspeichNot Guilty
9/24/18CDC3Sexual AssaultLeon HaleyEd JonesCharge Reduced Mid-Trial. Pled to Minimum on Lesser Charge. (2 years - Attempted Sexual Assault)
9/24/18CCC5ABI - FM,
Terroristic Threat Of Family
Kathy Ehmann-ClardyNot Guilty (x2)
9/24/18CCC1ABI-FMConstantine AnagnostisNot Guilty
9/24/18CCC9DWI - Open ContainerLanny BegleyNot Guilty
9/24/18CCC5 ABI - FMJerry WoodBrian WilsonNot Guilty
9/17/18CDC1Continuous Sexual Assault under 14 (Habitual)Letty MartinezChristy JackNot Guilty on Count 1, Guilty on Counts 2-7 (Agg. Sex Assault, Indecency, and Sexual Assault of a Child)
9/17/18CCC8DWIBrad ClarkMistrial
9/17/18CCC9DWIBrandon FulghamHeather LytleNot Guilty
9/17/18297Aggravated Sexual AssaultTaylor FergusonMichael SchneiderGuilty of Lesser (Sexual Assault)
9/17/18CCC7DWINon-MemberHung Jury
9/17/18CCC2ABI-FMDean MiyazonoKathy Ehmann ClardyNot Guilty
9/10/18CCC9DWIClemente De La CruzDeandra GrantNot Guilty
9/10/18CCC10Resisting ArrestDrake DunnaventMistrial - Hung Jury
9/10/18CDC4Indecency FondlingLance EvansNot Guilty
9/10/18CDC2Sexual AssaultOkey AkpomNot Guilty
9/10/18297Sexual AssaultRay JacksonTracie ShelbyNot Guilty
9/10/18CCC5Assault Bodily Injury - Family MemberCandace TaylorNot Guilty
9/10/18CCC4DWI SecondTerri MooreNot Guilty
8/27/18432Poss CS 4-200 PG1Kimberly KnappLandon LokerMistrial - Hung Jury (Habitual)
8/27/18CCC2Violation of Protective Order, Unlawful RestraintShane LewisNot Guilty
8/27/18CCC4Indecent ExposureJayson NagSteven DitommasoNot Guilty
8/27/18CCC9DWISteve HandyMimi CoffeyNot Guilty
8/20/18CCC1ABI-FMDaniel HernandezDismissed Mid-Trial
8/20/18371Violation of Protective Order 2+ w/ 12 monthsMark ScottAdam BurneyMistrial - Hung Jury
8/13/18CCC1ABI-FMSteve GordonNot Guilty
8/13/18297Agg Sex Assault - Child Rob HaydenJim GrahamNot Guilty, Guilty on Count 2 Indecency
8/13/18CDC3Agg Sex Assault - Child George MackeyBarry JohnsonNot Guilty