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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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
Jason Steans
Mental Health/Specialty Courts Director
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B.A. Trinity University, 1995
J.D. University of Texas School of Law, 1998
Alli Assiter
Family Violence Director
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B.A. University of Oklahoma, 2010
M.A. American University, 2014
J.D. American University, 2014


County Court #2:

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

Carson Walker
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B.S. Texas State University, 2016
J.D. South Texas College of Law, 2020 

James Murphy
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B.A. Texas Tech 2017
J.D. University of Texas, 2021

County Court #3:

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

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

County Court #5:

Yvonne Patton
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B.A. Grambling State University, 1994
J.D. Louisiana State University, 1994

Amanda Rice
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B.A. College of William & Mary
J.D. William & Mary

Sam Lower
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B.A. University of Oklahoma, 2018
J.D. University of Texas School of Law, 2021

Intake Prosecutors:

Brooks Lachowsky

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B.S. Texas A&M University 2019
J.D. South Texas College of Law 2022

Mason Allenger
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B.A. Texas Lutheran University, 2017
J.D. University of Texas 2021

Legal Assistants:

Jessica Schmidt 
Chief Legal Assistant 
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Angela Murillo
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Danielle Gilliam 
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B.S. Psychology, University of Houston, 2016
Ryleigh Schobey
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Grace Neale
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B.S. California Lutheran University, 2022


Reva Trainor-Collis
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B.S. California State University, Sacramento, 2013
M.A. California State University, Chico, 2017
J.D. Cal Northern School of Law, 2021