Criminal Division

The Criminal Division of the County Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting all adult misdemeanor criminal offenses in Williamson County. The Criminal Division prosecutes approximately 11,000 misdemeanor cases per year in three County Courts at Law as well as prosecuting Class C misdemeanors in the four Justice Peace Courts in the County.

Criminal Division Staff


Laura Gorman

Criminal Courts Division Chief
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B.A. Southwestern University, 2003
J.D. University of Denver, 2005
M.A. University of Denver, 2006

Mariel Puryear 
Trial Director 

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B.A. University of Texas, 2006 
J.D. St. Mary’s University School of Law, 2014
Carly Dessauer
Appellate Director
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B.S. Millsaps College, 2005
M.A. University of Texas, Austin 2007
J.D. St. Mary's University School of Law, 2012


County Court #1:

Jason Steans (Mental Health Lead)
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B.A. Trinity University, 1995
J.D. University of Texas School of Law, 1998

Imogene Goetz
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B.A. Georgetown University, 2013
J.D. Texas Tech School of Law

Holden Joseph
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B.A. Texas State University, 2018
J.D. UNT Dallas School of Law, 2021


County Court #2:

Joe Register
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B.S. Texas A&M University, 2008
J.D. William Bowen School of Law, 2016

Anthony Stokes
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B.S. Brigham Young University, 2015
J.D.  Baylor Law School, 2019

Rich Nguyen
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B.A. University of Texas at Austin, 2017
J.D. University of Houston Law Center, 2021

County Court #3:

Yvonne Patton
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B.A. Grambling State University, 1994
J.D. Louisiana State University, 1994
Carson Walker
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B.S. Texas State University, 2016
J.D. South Texas College of Law, 2020

Intake Prosecutors:

Kemp Phelps
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B.A. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, 2017
J.D. Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 2021
Sam Lower
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B.A. University of Oklahoma, 2018
J.D. University of Texas School of Law, 2021

Legal Assistants:

Angela Murillo
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Yvonne Tinoco
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Jessica Schmidt 
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Ryleigh Schobey
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Arielle Alston
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Madison Galvan
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