El Paso County Attorney's Office

El Paso County Attorney's Office We represent the County and Hospital District, its officials, and employees in various legal matters. We prosecute cases affecting families and children such as juvenile crime, child and elder abuse, mental health, and family violence.
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Duties and Responsibilities Legal Advice to County Officials: The County Attorney provides general legal advice to the members of the Commissioners Court and other County officials and department heads. This office reviews all claims brought against the County, represents the County in civil lawsuits filed against or by the County or its officials and provides legal advice to the members of Commissioners Court during Court meetings. The legal advice to the County includes questions concerning contracts, leases, easements, right of ways, road dedication, and colonias. The office also provides legal advice to the El Paso County Hospital District which owns and operates the University Medical Center (UMC). The office advises the Hospital District Board of Managers and administrators on hospital licensing and regulations, contracts, opinions, legislative matters and litigation affecting the day to day operations of the Hospital District.

Mission: The mission of the El Paso County Attorney's office is to represent the County of El Paso and the State of Texas by providing high quality, cost-effective legal services in an ethical, professional and competent manner. We shall seek justice, secure the protection and safety of all people, and enhance the quality of life in our community. In doing so, we shall treat all people with dignity, respect, honesty and fairness.

Operating as usual

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01/04/2021
ABC-7 exclusive: An inside look at efforts to stop human trafficking at illicit El Paso massage parlors - KVIA

https://kvia.com/news/2020/12/30/abc-7-exclusive-an-inside-look-at-legal-efforts-to-close-down-illicit-el-paso-massage-parlors/

EL PASO, Texas -- They are located in strip malls appearing like a legitimate storefront, but behind closed doors some El Paso massage parlors become a front for not just prostitution, but also human trafficking. A three-month investigation revealed there are dozens of these establishments with expl...

https://kvia.com/news/el-paso/2020/11/11/texas-supreme-court-declines-to-grant-emergency-order-halting-samaniegos-shutdo...
11/12/2020
Texas Supreme Court declines to grant emergency order against Samaniego’s shutdown mandate - KVIA

https://kvia.com/news/el-paso/2020/11/11/texas-supreme-court-declines-to-grant-emergency-order-halting-samaniegos-shutdown-mandate/

EL PASO, Texas -- The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to grant an emergency order aimed at halting El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego's mandated shutdown involving non-essential businesses to stem the surge of Covid-19. The state's top court said the Texas attorney general and local res...

El Paso reports more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day, shattering previous record.The record-breaking case ...
11/05/2020
El Paso reports more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day, shattering previous record

El Paso reports more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day, shattering previous record.
The record-breaking case count came as a state district judge heard arguments Wednesday over a shutdown order issued by El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego. Judge William Moody said he would render a decision later this week on whether to temporarily halt the county order.
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The record-breaking case count came as a state district judge heard arguments Wednesday over a shutdown order issued by El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego. Judge William Moody said he would render a decision later this week on whether to temporarily halt the county order.

https://elpasoheraldpost.com/county-attorney-issues-legal-opinion-confirming-legality-county-judges-stay-at-home-order/
10/31/2020
County Attorney issues legal opinion on County Judge’s ‘Stay at Home Order;’ Answers key questions

https://elpasoheraldpost.com/county-attorney-issues-legal-opinion-confirming-legality-county-judges-stay-at-home-order/

Friday evening, County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal issued a four page legal opinion, as to the issues and conflicts as a result of County Judge Ricardo Samaniego’s controversial ‘Stay at Home Order’ issued Thursday evening. The opinion, requested by Samaniego, answers three key questions posed by ...

https://cbs4local.com/news/local/ep-county-ag-says-judge-has-legal-power-to-shut-down-el-paso-based-on-emergency-power?f...
10/31/2020
El Paso County Attorney's Office releases legal opinion on county judge order

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The El Paso County Attorney’s Office has released the legal opinion regarding the shut down order that was implemented by El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego. The legal opinion states that Samaniego has legal authority to shut down the county based on emergency powers granted to county judg...

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10/31/2020
Sheriff’s Office to enforce shutdown after county attorney reinstates order

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The shutdown is back in effect. Late Friday night, the El Paso County Attorney issued a legal opinion in support of the non-essential business shutdown order issued on…

https://kvia.com/news/2020/10/31/el-paso-county-sheriffs-office-says-judges-virus-shutdown-order-is-legal-will-be-enforc...
10/31/2020
El Paso County Sheriff's Office says judge's virus shutdown order is legal, will be enforced - KVIA

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EL PASO, Texas -- The El Paso County Sheriff's Office on Saturday morning said County Judge Ricardo Samaniego's order shutting down non-essential businesses due to a massive coronavirus outbreak is vaild and would be enforced by deputies effective immediately in both the county and city. "... it is....

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10/31/2020
El Paso County Attorney's Office releases legal opinion on county judge order

https://kfoxtv.com/news/local/ep-county-ag-says-judge-has-legal-power-to-shut-down-el-paso-based-on-emergency-power?utm_source=second-street&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=KFOX14+Newsletter+for+October+31%2c+2020

The El Paso County Attorney’s Office has released the legal opinion regarding the shut down order that was implemented by El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego. The legal opinion states that Samaniego has legal authority to shut down the county based on emergency powers granted to county judg...

https://kfoxtv.com/news/coronavirus/el-paso-county-sheriffs-office-will-enforce-county-judges-shutdown-order?utm_source=...
10/31/2020
El Paso County Sheriff's Office will enforce county judge's shutdown order

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Deputies with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will enforce the shutdown order implemented by El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego. Officials with the county sheriff’s office released the following statement: We understand that the Texas State Attorney General has issued his opinion...

There are 3 days until El Paso Giving Day! Your gift of $15 on October 15 provides a welcome kit that includes a mask, h...
10/13/2020

There are 3 days until El Paso Giving Day! Your gift of $15 on October 15 provides a welcome kit that includes a mask, hand sanitizer and other toiletries to people entering our emergency shelter. When fleeing a domestic violence situation, many people leave their homes with nothing more than the clothes on their back. Your gift helps us ensure comfort during a time in their lives where they may need it the most.

Massage parlor in far east El Paso temporarily closed after alleged illegal activityhttps://kfoxtv.com/news/crime-news/m...
10/06/2020
Massage parlor in far east El Paso temporarily closed after alleged illegal activity

Massage parlor in far east El Paso temporarily closed after alleged illegal activity
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The El Paso County Attorney’s Office obtained a temporary restraining order against a massage parlor in far east El Paso for alleged habitual illegal activity. Health Massage was shut down pending the outcome of a temporary injunction hearing scheduled for Oct. 13 at 1 p. m. The lawsuit follow...

https://kvia.com/news/crime/2020/10/05/far-east-el-paso-massage-parlor-shut-down-amid-prostitution-allegations/
10/06/2020
Far east El Paso massage parlor shut down amid prostitution allegations - KVIA

https://kvia.com/news/crime/2020/10/05/far-east-el-paso-massage-parlor-shut-down-amid-prostitution-allegations/

EL PASO, Texas – Local and state officials have shut down a far east El Paso County massage parlor where they contend "illegal activity occurs habitually." Monday's closure of Health Massage at 10420 Montwood Drive came by way of a judge's order after the El Paso County Attorney’s Office said a ...

El Paso County Attorney’s Office can help consumers who feel they have been wronged by deceptive business...https://kvia...
08/29/2020
El Paso Internet provider abruptly shuts down, leaving angry customers required to pay a year up front - KVIA

El Paso County Attorney’s Office can help consumers who feel they have been wronged by deceptive business...

https://kvia.com/news/business-technology/2020/08/28/el-paso-internet-provider-abruptly-goes-out-of-business-leaving-angry-customers-required-to-pay-a-year-up-front/

EL PASO, Texas -- TEK 1 Wired, an Internet provider in the Borderland, posted on its page back in July that it had ceased all operations and was working with attorneys to come up with a settlement to give current customers a partial refund. That settlement was scheduled to be finalized on ....

El Paso County Attorney's Office participating in the Wear Purple for Elder Abuse Awareness Day!
06/16/2020

El Paso County Attorney's Office participating in the Wear Purple for Elder Abuse Awareness Day!

Organizations such as the National Center on Elder Abuse have recorded webinars and webcasts designed to educate the pub...
06/11/2020

Organizations such as the National Center on Elder Abuse have recorded webinars and webcasts designed to educate the public on the detection and prevention of Elder Abuse.
Live Seminars:
June 14th: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/world-elder-abuse-awareness… [eventbrite.com.au]
June 15th: 2020 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Aging in the COVID-19 World: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-world-elder-abuse-awarene… [eventbrite.com]
Pre-Recorded Seminars:
NCEA Webinars: https://ncea.acl.gov/What-…/Education/Webinars-Podcasts.aspx [ncea.acl.gov]

06/06/2020
Wear Orange Day 2020

County Attorney’s Office went Orange today from home for National Gun Violence Awareness Day!! #WearOrange

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal said about six weeks ago the state of Wisconsin held their elections during the h...
05/05/2020
El Paso commissioners vote to support mail-in ballots to protect voters from COVID-19

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal said about six weeks ago the state of Wisconsin held their elections during the height of the pandemic in their community. Wisconsin then confirmed that at least 17 people were infected with the virus directly in connection with voting in-person, she stated.

“It would be foolish to pretend like there wasn’t a real threat to the health and safety of persons who try to exercise their right to vote in person and we should not be in a position of whether a citizen has to choose between their health and safety, and to exercise their right to vote,” Bernal said.

https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/politics/2020/05/04/coronavirus-el-paso-commissioners-support-vote-mail-covid-19/3081120001/

El Paso County commissioners voted to file a brief joining a state lawsuit demanding that voters be allowed to vote by mail to avoid COVID-19.

04/23/2020
NoticiasYa El Paso

NoticiasYa El Paso

Hoy en #Juntos Banco de llamadas de Univision 26, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar y expertos en el tema de la salud mental y violencia doméstica. De 5:00p.m. a 7:00p.m. podrá hacer sus preguntas al 915-613-2173.

Representantes de la Procuraduría del Condado de El Paso estarán hoy recibiendo preguntas del público sobre cómo víctima...
04/23/2020

Representantes de la Procuraduría del Condado de El Paso estarán hoy recibiendo preguntas del público sobre cómo víctimas de la violencia doméstica pueden obtener órdenes de protección durante este periodo de aislamiento por causa del COVID-19. Sintonice Univision 26 hoy a partir de las 5:00 p.m.

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Goals and Objectives Goal 1: The County Attorney is committed to providing high quality, cost-effective legal services to our clients in all legal matters. In order to provide services in a cost effective and efficient manner, cases are screened to determine worthwhile litigation. Once a case is selected for prosecution, an attempt is made to finalize it within 12 months or less. In plaintiff's litigation, the goal is to request and receive judgments in favor of our clients consistent with the mandates of state law. In defense litigation, the County Attorney's office seeks to minimize the amount of claims paid by the County. Goal 2: The County Attorney requires that all legal services are provided in an ethical, professional and competent manner. To accomplish this goal, all attorneys are provided with at least the minimum amount of continuing legal education required by the State Bar of Texas. In addition, seminars on ethics and proper conduct are conducted on a regular basis for attorneys and staff. An emphasis for staff is placed upon professional interaction with members of the public and other employees of the County. Every effort is made to maintain a high level of performance for all employees through training and technological adequacy. In all instances, the office seeks to treat all people with dignity, respect, honesty and fairness. Goal 3: Outside of the office, the County attorney seeks to provide legal training to County, State and Federal departments and citizen groups whose employees or members are providing public services in El Paso. Every effort is made to maximize the number of public servants receiving training so that they will properly perform their governmental duties. Goal 4: The County Attorney emphasizes participating in community activities, boards, and groups in order to promote the general welfare of this community and in order to increase public awareness and education with respect to laws, public issues and available services. Every unit of the County Attorney's Office is required to participate in community activities and must identify and work on areas of concern for the community. Attorneys participate in activities which relate directly to their area of law such as environmental fairs, teen courts for juvenile crimes, training of law enforcement officers, seminars on family violence prevention and child protective services. All attorneys are encouraged to develop and work on special community projects such as health care issues, environmental and colonia issues, access to capital, consumer fraud, inadequate juvenile and mental health facilities and education issues. Goal 5: The office of the County Attorney provides legal services related to families in a broad range of areas. These areas include mental health, adult protective services, child protective services, juvenile and family violence which support the most vulnerable citizens of the county of El Paso.

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(915) 546-2050

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I hope the judge and his family are harmed by illegal immigrants and then maybe things would get fixed in our country, it doesn't matter how much you know its all about who you know and are they effected by the problem if they are not effected in there million dollar homes in secure areas then they will pass the laws that will hurt millions of america a true disgrace.
CONSECUTIVE sentences, NOT concurrent!!
I just called your office and the person who answered did not know how laws are passed at the city and county level BUT she took the time to get that information for me and was very helpful.