Jim Wheat - Chief of Special Crimes

Jim Wheat is Chief of the Special Crimes Division for the District Attorney's Office. In this position, he oversees a unit that prosecutes child abuse, major DWI accidents, corporate fraud and public integrity crimes. He leads a staff of over 30 Assistant District Attorneys, as well as investigators and support staff.

Jim received his B.A. from Trinity University (1988) and J.D. degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law (1992) in San Antonio, Texas. Jim began his legal career as Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Bexar County, Texas in 1992 and served until 2006. During that time he represented the State of Texas in thousands of criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to capital murder. Since 2006, Jim has run his own practice, defending many types of criminal cases in San Antonio and the surrounding counties. When he was in the District Attorney’s office, Jim led the prosecution of many of San Antonio’s most serious, most dangerous criminals. Several of those cases have been featured nationally on the television series such as Gangland, Unusual Suspects, I almost got away with it and America’s Most Wanted.

Jim’s volunteer work has always leaned toward helping children - including volunteering at his children’s schools and helping coach their sports teams. Outside of his own family, Jim has previously volunteered on the corporate board for the Academy of Creative Education – a nontraditional high school in the North East Independent School District. This school allows children who do not do well in a traditional high school setting to earn their diploma and have the opportunity to attend college. Jim served as Treasurer and set up an endowment to fund college scholarships for graduates.
Jim Wheat
Currently, Jim is a member of the North East Independent School District Board of Trustees. He works with the other members of the board and the superintendent to oversee the education of over 65,000 children. NEISD was recognized last year by the National College Board as the best large school district in the US and Canada. The Board of Trustees was chosen last year as one of the top 5 boards in the State of Texas by the HEB Excellence in Education program.

Jim is licensed to practice in all Texas state courts by the Supreme Court of Texas and is admitted to practice before the Federal Courts for the Western District of Texas. Jim is Board Certified in the area of Criminal Law by the State Bar of Texas since 2002.
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