Suzanne West for 63rd Judicial District Attorney

Why Republican Suzanne

West for District Attorney?

Because I have the experience, energy, and effectiveness to provide top-notch prosecutions.

This is your chance to CHOOSE your attorney.

Every day, criminals get to choose their own lawyers. But the rest of us, law-abiding citizens, crime victims, and law enforcement—only get to choose an attorney at the ballot box every four years. This is your chance to choose your attorney.

You deserve an advocate with trial experience, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to try the hard cases.

Experience Matters

30+ Criminal Jury Trials as a prosecutor—including murders, family violence, embezzlement, drug offenses, DWI’s and others

14 years of experience as a prosecutor

Experience clearing cases off the felony dockets while still convicting more than dismissing

Knowledge and practice in victim and witness participation and communication

Numerous protective orders obtained on behalf of family violence victims

We Deserve Better

The conviction rate for violent crimes under our current District Attorney is unacceptable. When you're dismissing and deferring more cases than you convict, something needs to change.

Failing to advocate for victims leaves our community unsafe, justice unserved, and those victims vulnerable to repeated crimes. 

Positions Held

  • City Attorney of Del Rio for 8 years
  • Assistant District Attorney in 63rd and 83rd Judicial Districts serving Val Verde, Kinney, Terrell, and Edwards Counties (Edwards is now in a different district) for almost 3 years
  • Chief Prosecutor, County Attorney’s Office, Kendall County, Texas (and Crime Victim’s Assistance Program Prosecutor) for 3+ years

West is the Best Outcome for All


If you or your loved ones were ever to be the victim of a serious crime, you would want me to be the one that fights for you.  


If you are a business owner, you will appreciate solid and consistent prosecution to create the safest economic environment for business growth, quality of life, and school safety.


If you are in law enforcement, I will value and fight for successful outcomes of your hard work, knowing you have sacrificed hours away from family to serve and protect the community.


If you are an employee in my office, or any other office with which I come in contact, you will be respected and appreciated and will know that we will all work together for a system that is larger and more important than anything we could do on our own.


I will bear these responsibilities with integrity, commitment, and the fair pursuit of justice.

Protecting Families Means Everything

Integrity.  Commitment.  Justice.

Integrity = upright conduct; whole and undivided.  A just steward cannot serve two masters.  I will serve justice alone, even when it’s hard, and even when no one is around but myself or my staff, and others will not even know the difference.

Commitment = the state of being dedicated to a cause; a pledge or undertaking.  The actions of my office will show the electorate that we take safety and security of all, including those most vulnerable, absolutely to heart.  We will forthrightly protect the rights of all.  

Justice = Protecting rights, and punishing according to the law using fairness.  Victims have a right to have me or my office stand in their place to fight their aggressors.  In cases with no actual named victim, the citizens as a whole still have the right to protection from crimes.  Those that are accused also have the rights afforded under the Constitution and attorneys to assert them.  Judges maintain the decorum and set the rules for each side.  Within this structure, everyone does their part and in this way, justice will be attained.

 


Words I Live By:

 

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word:  freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” --Winston Churchill
“Perfection is not attainable.  But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”  --Vince Lombardi
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”—Theodore Roosevelt
Good, better, best.  Never let it rest.  Until your good is better and your better is best.  --Tim Duncan 

Concrete Vision for DA’s Office

Simple Steps with HUGE Impact

  • Assigned, trained, designated victim’s advocate in the office that notifies victims of court dates, support systems, state resources, and communicates regarding release dates.
  • Prepare each case as though it might go to trial.  The preparation for these trials is the foundation for future outstanding investigations and communications.
  • Try tough cases.  This also trains officers in ways that no amount of other types of training can do.
  • Eliminate the expectation that most cases will be deferred or dismissed.
  • Annually or more, provide training for law enforcement in evidence foundations and trial tactics.
  • Timely communications with all—return phone calls and other communications within 48 hours.

Why Do These Simple Steps Work?

  1. Prosecutors all over the state of Texas have similar policies and procedures.  
  2. These steps have worked for me in the past—I have spearheaded years of successful prosecutions, trials, and victim outcomes.  Similar practices have served me well at the city also.
  3. I have the experience, energy, and effectiveness to employ these steps consistently.
  4. I will evaluate what is not working and make necessary changes to our processes, always looking for ways to improve.
  5. Myself and my staff will learn from our failures, successes and from other offices that share resources and insights.  

 

Legal writing and continued study of the law are important for prosecutors as well.  I have filed and argued Appellate Briefs on behalf of the City and the State of Texas.  I published an article titled, “Seven Tips for Trying One-Witness DWI Cases” that was republished in another state and is currently posted on the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association website and is referred to by prosecutors trying to prepare for tough trials.  

I have also published a legal article titled, “The Pollution of Prosecutorial Discretion,” arguing that administrative agencies should not have the authority to preempt a Texas state prosecutor from filing criminal charges, for example in the case of environmental crimes.

In addition to these in-depth published articles and appeals, I have planned and presented trainings for officers multiple times on search and seizure, testimony practices, radar and other traffic stop issues, and officer liability.