Who is the Collin County District Attorney?
The Collin County District Attorney is Greg Willis, and he was recently appointed to the position in 2010. Greg Willis has shown a huge amount of success around Texas and Collin County, and he is massively respected by the surrounding community.
Before becoming the Collin County District Attorney, Greg Will was a graduate of Baylor University in 1986 and a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law in 1991. He then spent his first four years as an attorney working for a prestigious law firm in Dallas, and then moved on to serve as a misdemeanor and felony prosecutor in Collin County from 1995 to 1999.
After those four years, Greg Willis established his own private practice in 1999 in Plano with the help of his wife. Just six years later, Willis was appointed as the first judge of the new Collin County Court at Law Number 6. Subsequently, he then resigned as judge in October of 2009 in order to run for Collin County Criminal District Attorney. He won the election in 2010, and has served as Collin County District Attorney since.
How can I contact the Collin County District Attorney’s Office?
There are two different offices under the district attorney, and both of the offices are located in Mckinney, Texas. The first location, and facility that handles the most cases, is the Collin County Courthouse on 2100 Bloomdale Road in Suite 100. The courthouse can be reached at (972) 548-4323, and this location contains the following divisions:
• Felony Trial Division
• Grand Jury/Intake Division
• Special Prosecution Division
• Crimes Against Children Division
• Appellate Division
• Family Justice Division
• Administration Division
• Victim/Witness Assistance Division
• Civil Division
• Investigations Divisions
The second location is the University Drive Court Facility. This building is located on 1800 N. Graves St. in Suite 200, and can be contacted at (972) 548-3693. This facility provides the following services:
• Misdemeanor Trial Division
• Investigations Division
• Hot Check Division
Divisions Under the Collin County District Attorney Office
As mentioned above, there are multiple divisions under the DA’s office. Each of these divisions handles very specific, and sometimes, serious cases. The brief descriptions of the divisions are listed below to help a victim choose what location to contact if they have been involved in a certain kind of crime. For more information on the divisions and just the Collin County District Attorney’s Office, visit the official website.
1) Administrative Division- this division is responsible for all financial operations, budgets, inventory, employee time records, filing, and all reimbursements to employees and community members. This division helps the Criminal District Attorney, the First Assistant Criminal District Attorney, and the Chief Investigator as well.
2) Felony Trial Division- this division has seven different teams located in the 199th, 219th, 296th, 366th, 380th, 401st, and 416th District Courts. Each of these teams consists of two very experienced felony trial attorneys, one felony investigator, and a legal secretary. The division evaluates new cases, contacts victims, determines plea bargains, prepares cases for trial, and represent the State of Texas in all criminal hearings in the district courts.
3) Misdemeanor Trial Division- this division of the Collin County District Attorney Office handles the prosecution of all Class A and Class B misdemeanor charges. The majority of these cases involve Driving While Intoxicated cases, but other common cases include the following:
• Burglary or Motor Vehicle Theft under less than $1000
• Non-Serious Assault
• Second DWIs
• Terroristic Threats
• Criminal Mischief
• Criminal Trespass
4) Special Prosecution Division- this division investigates and prosecutes all financially motivated criminal activity, organized crime, public integrity matters, and other sensitive cases. This division also assists law enforcement operations, provides assistance in asset forfeiture cases, and more.
5) Family Justice Division- this division contains three sections that have the public:
• Domestic Violence Section
• Juvenile Law Section
• Child/Adult Protection Section
6) Crimes Against Children Division- this division under the Collin County District Attorney specializes in the prosecution of the offenders of sexual and physical child abuse. This division has a great deal of experience in psychology and family structures that helps minimize the trauma associated with such crimes.
7) Grand Jury/Intake Division- this division under the Collin County District Attorney contains two sections that review all misdemeanor and felony cases and then bring appropriate charges against a defendant. The two sections are as follows:
• Grand Jury Section
• Intake Section
8) Appellate Division- this division handle all criminal matters in the post-conviction stage. Attorneys part of this division will normally do a large amount of research on a certain area of law and apply it to the facts of the case. The division is responsible for all appeals in misdemeanors, felonies, death penalty cases, motions for rehearing, petitions for discretionary review, and state and federal writs of habeas corpus in misdemeanor, felony, and death penalty cases.
9) Civil Division- this is one of the most import divisions under the Collin County District Attorney Office. All of the divisions are important, but the Civil Division handles all of the following:
• Misdemeanor and felony bond forfeitures
• Asset forfeiture cases
• Public information requests
• Mental health hearings
• Litigation involving gambling proceeds, out-of-state subpoena requests, environmental crimes, and health authority cases involving open records
10) Hot Check Department- this division under the Collin County District Attorney handles the Hot Check Loss Prevention Program, handles all investigations involving patterns of fraud, and provides assistance to those who have been the victim of identity theft.
11) Investigations Division- this division contains 24 different criminal investigators who support a trial team, help businesses or individuals recover financial losses, and many other duties. Many of these investigators are specialized in fingerprint comparison, handwriting analysis, computer forensics, and fraud detection.
12) Victim/Witness Assistance Division- this division under the Collin County District Attorney helps to educate all victims about the criminal justice process and provides information about social service agencies the victim can use.