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Joe Gonzales

Michelle Barrientes Vela, second from right, attended the press conference held by Judge Nelson Wolff on Wednesday.
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When Michelle Barrientes Vela announced she intends to run for sheriff in 2020, she triggered her eventual resignation as Bexar County Constable for Precinct 2. That's the finding of District Attorney Joe Gonzales.

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The legalization of hemp in Texas had unintended consequences. Determining the difference between now legal hemp and still illegal marijuana requires technology that's both expensive and hard to come by, so most big-city prosecutors – including in Bexar County – are dropping low-level pot charges until the state comes up with a fix.

Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

The cite and release policy for low level offenses — proposed by the Bexar County District Attorney’s office — goes into effect on Monday.  

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Joe Gonzales captured winning majorities in Bexar County's contentious race for district attorney in 2018, defeating incumbent Nico LaHood and Republican challenger Tylden Shaeffer.

The Bexar County district attorney-elect speaks about his public safety priorities ahead of taking office in the new year. 

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Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood will not get a second term in office after losing in the Democratic primary to criminal defense attorney Joe Gonzales. Gonzales won in a landslide victory.

(L-R) Nico LaHood, Tylden Shaeffer, Joe Gonzales

Early voting for the March 6 primary elections starts Tuesday. Texas Public Radio's "The Source" is hosting a series of forums with candidates leading up the 2018 midterm elections.

For the three candidates in the race for Bexar County Criminal District Attorney, this will be final forum before early voting begins on Feb. 20