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Nico LaHood

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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

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Bexar County residents caught in possession of marijuana or accused of certain misdemeanors can receive a ticket and be let go under the county’s new Criminal Intervention Through Education program. The process is commonly referred to as cite and release.

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The Bexar County District Attorney and Sheriff's offices are working with the San Antonio Police Department to implement a method known as "cite and release" for select misdemeanors. / District Attorney

Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood wants to increase the punishment for people who commit serial physical abuse against children, the elderly, and the disabled.

LaHood made the announcement on Wednesday.  He pointed out that if there are no broken bones, a severed liver, ruptured organs, etc., they can only charge suspected abusers with a third degree felony, which means only up to 10 years in prison.

LaHood is proposing four changes to the penal code, Chapter 22.04