Woodrow J. Halstead, III - First Assistant Criminal District Attorney 

Woodrow Halstead is the First Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Bexar County. As the First Assistant, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the D.A.’s Office and supervises over 190 Assistant District Attorneys as well as investigators and support staff. Woodrow Halstead

Woody received his B.A. from Texas A&M University and J.D. degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. Woody began his legal career as Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Bexar County, Texas in 1998 and served until 2004. He left the D.A.’s Office to practice civil litigation, but returned to the D.A.’s Office in 2005 and served as an Assistant District Attorney until 2008. During time with the office, he represented the State of Texas in thousands of criminal cases both misdemeanors to felonies including complex White Collar Crimes such as embezzlement to securities fraud. In 2008 he departed the District Attorney’s office again, but continued his public service as a civilian attorney with the Department of the Air Force Office of Airmen’s Counsel where he represented military members undergoing “fit for duty” evaluations. 

While working for the Air Force, Woody was recognized as one of the 2011 Pillars of Character for the Northside Independent School District and as the 2012 Senior Civilian Attorney of the Year for the Air Force Legal Operations Agency. Woody entered private practice in 2013 as an attorney with the firm of LaHood & del Cueto, where his practice focused on criminal defense in State and Federal Court. During that time, he was also appointed to serve as a part-time Criminal Law Magistrate for Bexar County.

In addition to his civilian legal practice, Woody served twelve years as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army Reserve. During that time he was mobilized to active duty three times to serve in the Global War on Terror. Woody’s military service includes a variety of positions including Senior Defense Counsel, Military Magistrate, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, and Staff Judge Advocate for the Joint Sustainment Command – Afghanistan. Woody transferred his commission to the United States Air Force Reserve in May of 2013 where he continues to serve as a Staff Judge Advocate.

Woody is licensed to practice by the Supreme Court of Texas and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and Federal Courts for the Western District of Texas. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Texas District and County Attorney's Association.

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