Nicholas “Nico” LaHood was sworn-in as Bexar County’s Criminal District Attorney on January 1, 2015. Born and raised in San Antonio, LaHood has always had a spirit to serve. As a young boy, LaHood remembers going to work with his father, Michael LaHood Sr., who is a licensed attorney and former judge.
“I just knew my Pop helped people,” said LaHood. “He gave people advice and they really respected him. I just wanted to be like my Pop. He was my hero and he still is.”
LaHood graduated from Central Catholic Marianist High School and attended St. Mary’s University, where he earned his B.A. in Finance and Financial Services. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s School of Law. LaHood remained in San Antonio, where he worked as a criminal defense attorney for twelve years.
LaHood recalls in 2010 discussing with colleagues about how the system was broken, and how different things should be.
“I believe it was a purpose-driven calling to be District Attorney,” said LaHood. “I’m absolutely passionate about it.”
Since becoming Bexar County’s top prosecutor, District Attorney LaHood has re-vamped the Pre-Trial Diversion Program, created a Child Abuse Unit, Domestic Violence Task Force, and a Conviction Integrity Unit within his office. District Attorney LaHood believes in the Restorative Justice Model for non-violent offenders, which is defined as “bringing together the victim, offender, and community to repair relationships.”
“I tell our prosecutors to always do what’s right, not what’s easy,” LaHood explained. “To do what’s right, means to do what is appropriate.”
In March 2015, LaHood prosecuted his first case as District Attorney. The case involved a father accused of beating his 3-month-old infant daughter to death. The court assessed the maximum punishment against the defendant, Life in prison.
In August of 2015, District Attorney LaHood successfully prosecuted a case in which the defendant was convicted of shooting two police officers who were attempting to help the defendant’s wife, whom the defendant had physically abused. DA LaHood asked for and the jury assessed the maximum punishment of Life in prison for the defendant. DA LaHood remains active in the community by speaking to citizens on initiatives his office has created and to young children on the importance of pursuing a higher education.
“I want the community to know that the oath we take as prosecutors are not just words,” said District Attorney LaHood. “The oath to seek justice means something to me. As a man of faith, the oath goes hand in hand with Micah 6:8: What does the Lord ask of you? But to seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.”
“From poor choices to tragedy – everything I have been through in my life, I believe God has used to bring wisdom to me in this position.”
DA LaHood is a Board Member for Child Safe San Antonio, The Bexar County Family Justice Center, and the Rape Crisis Center. LaHood has been recognized by Law and Politics Magazine, as seen in Texas Monthly Super Lawyers edition, as a “Rising Star” in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Before serving as the District Attorney, LaHood was a special prosecutor for Bexar, Karnes, Medina, and Wilson Counties. LaHood is also is a former Magistrate Judge in Bexar County, and adjunct professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law. He has taught at the San Antonio Police Department Academy and the Alamo Area Council of Governments Police Academy.
In addition, District Attorney LaHood was and continues to be a presenter for Continuing Legal Education seminars. While practicing law, he met his wife Davida. They have been married for eleven years and have four children: Maya, Michael, Leah, and Zaiter.