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6 Investigates: DA explains a change in his prosecution policy concerning misdemeanors

Posted at 6:29 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 19:57:47-05

6 Investigates follows up on another change to the district attorney’s prosecution policy concerning misdemeanors.

As we’ve reported, Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez recently sent a letter to police announcing that he would stop prosecuting certain types of misdemeanors when attached to a felony charge.

And today, Gonzalez tells 6 Investigates that he’s dropping three misdemeanors from that non-prosecution list.

Those are resisting arrest, unlawfully carrying a firearm and the illegal discharge of a firearm in a municipality.

“We’re moving forward and we’re working and we’re working together,” Gonzalez said. “We have no choice but to work together. We need each other.”

Gonzalez says he’ll keep prosecuting those three types of misdemeanors out of respect for law enforcement concerns over officer safety.

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