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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

ZAPATA, RUDY

01/31/2024

“Does the trial court have the discretion to make an affirmative finding of family violence during sentencing prior to adjudication?”

WELLS, AARON

01/24/2024

1. “Whether the Court of Appeals correctly determined the legality of geofence warrants, an issue of first impression in Texas and an important question of state and federal law that has not been, ...

ELSIK, STEVEN JAMES

01/10/2024

1. “Whether the fact that a witness is a foreign national no longer in this country and without legal authority to enter this country is itself sufficient to show unavailability of the witness for ...

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.

2023 PDR Basics Dawson Criminal Appeals Conference Paper

Conference / CLE
05/11/2023

2023 PDR Basics Dawson Criminal Appeals Conference Paper

2023 Statutory Interpretation Dawson Crim App Conference Powerpoint

Conference / CLE
05/10/2023

2023 Statutory Interpretation Dawson Crim App Conference Paper

Conference / CLE
05/10/2023

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