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
10/1/18CDC1Theft $20,000 - $100,000 Steve GebhardtAndrea TownsendDirected Verdict - Not 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)
9/24/18CCC2ABI-FMBrandon BarnettJesse LotspeichNot Guilty
9/24/18CCC1ABI-FMConstantine AnagnostisNot Guilty
9/24/18CCC9DWI - Open ContainerLanny BegleyNot Guilty
9/24/18CCC5 ABI - FMJerry WoodBrian WilsonNot Guilty
9/17/18CCC2ABI-FMDean MiyazonoKathy Ehmann ClardyNot Guilty
9/17/18297Aggravated Sexual AssaultTaylor FergusonMichael SchneiderGuilty of Lesser (Sexual Assault)
9/17/18CCC8DWIBrad ClarkMistrial
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)
9/17/18CCC7DWINon-MemberHung Jury
9/17/18CCC9DWIBrandon FulghamHeather LytleNot 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
8/27/18CCC4Indecent ExposureJayson NagSteven DitommasoNot Guilty
8/27/18CCC2Violation of Protective Order, Unlawful RestraintShane LewisNot Guilty
8/27/18CCC9DWISteve HandyMimi CoffeyNot Guilty
8/27/18432Poss CS 4-200 PG1Kimberly KnappLandon LokerMistrial - Hung Jury (Habitual)
8/20/18371Violation of Protective Order 2+ w/ 12 monthsMark ScottAdam BurneyMistrial - Hung Jury
8/20/18CCC1ABI-FMDaniel HernandezDismissed Mid-Trial
8/13/18CDC3Agg Sex Assault - Child George MackeyBarry JohnsonNot Guilty
8/13/18CCC1ABI-FMSteve GordonNot Guilty
8/13/18297Agg Sex Assault - Child Rob HaydenJim GrahamNot Guilty, Guilty on Count 2 Indecency