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.
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
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 of||Court||Charge||Defense Attorney||Second Chair||Outcome|
|10/1/18||CDC1||Theft $20,000 - $100,000||Steve Gebhardt||Andrea Townsend||Directed Verdict - Not Guilty.|
|9/24/18||CDC3||Sexual Assault||Leon Haley||Ed Jones||Charge Reduced Mid-Trial. Pled to Minimum on Lesser Charge. (2 years - Attempted Sexual Assault)|
|9/24/18||CCC5||ABI - FM,|
Terroristic Threat Of Family
|Kathy Ehmann-Clardy||Not Guilty (x2)|
|9/24/18||CCC2||ABI-FM||Brandon Barnett||Jesse Lotspeich||Not Guilty|
|9/24/18||CCC1||ABI-FM||Constantine Anagnostis||Not Guilty|
|9/24/18||CCC9||DWI - Open Container||Lanny Begley||Not Guilty|
|9/24/18||CCC5||ABI - FM||Jerry Wood||Brian Wilson||Not Guilty|
|9/17/18||CCC2||ABI-FM||Dean Miyazono||Kathy Ehmann Clardy||Not Guilty|
|9/17/18||297||Aggravated Sexual Assault||Taylor Ferguson||Michael Schneider||Guilty of Lesser (Sexual Assault)|
|9/17/18||CDC1||Continuous Sexual Assault under 14 (Habitual)||Letty Martinez||Christy Jack||Not Guilty on Count 1, Guilty on Counts 2-7 (Agg. Sex Assault, Indecency, and Sexual Assault of a Child)|
|9/17/18||CCC9||DWI||Brandon Fulgham||Heather Lytle||Not Guilty|
|9/10/18||CCC9||DWI||Clemente De La Cruz||Deandra Grant||Not Guilty|
|9/10/18||CCC10||Resisting Arrest||Drake Dunnavent||Mistrial - Hung Jury|
|9/10/18||CDC4||Indecency Fondling||Lance Evans||Not Guilty|
|9/10/18||CDC2||Sexual Assault||Okey Akpom||Not Guilty|
|9/10/18||297||Sexual Assault||Ray Jackson||Tracie Shelby||Not Guilty|
|9/10/18||CCC5||Assault Bodily Injury - Family Member||Candace Taylor||Not Guilty|
|9/10/18||CCC4||DWI Second||Terri Moore||Not Guilty|
|8/27/18||CCC4||Indecent Exposure||Jayson Nag||Steven Ditommaso||Not Guilty|
|8/27/18||CCC2||Violation of Protective Order, Unlawful Restraint||Shane Lewis||Not Guilty|
|8/27/18||CCC9||DWI||Steve Handy||Mimi Coffey||Not Guilty|
|8/27/18||432||Poss CS 4-200 PG1||Kimberly Knapp||Landon Loker||Mistrial - Hung Jury (Habitual)|
|8/20/18||371||Violation of Protective Order 2+ w/ 12 months||Mark Scott||Adam Burney||Mistrial - Hung Jury|
|8/20/18||CCC1||ABI-FM||Daniel Hernandez||Dismissed Mid-Trial|
|8/13/18||CDC3||Agg Sex Assault - Child||George Mackey||Barry Johnson||Not Guilty|
|8/13/18||CCC1||ABI-FM||Steve Gordon||Not Guilty|
|8/13/18||297||Agg Sex Assault - Child||Rob Hayden||Jim Graham||Not Guilty, Guilty on Count 2 Indecency|