Kyle’s Felony Prosecution experience began in the 176th District Court, managing and trying a caseload of over 500 cases (to list a few of the more common offenses: Intoxication Assault, Aggravated Assault, Family Violence by Strangulation, Aggravated Assault Family Member, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Counterfeiting, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Assault of a Police Officer, Robbery, Injury to Elderly/ Disabled/ Children, Fraud, Theft (4th Degree – 1st Degree), Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle, etc., etc).
During this same time period, Kyle had so significantly distinguished himself that he was offered a position as one of two Vehicular Crimes Prosecutors in the Special Crimes Bureau of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, a position almost exclusively reserved for more tenured Prosecutors.
Kyle then began taking calls and responding to scenes of possible Criminally Negligent Homicide, Manslaughter, Intoxication Manslaughter or Felony Murder scenes ( for example, Kyle can be seen here on-scene of what became: The State of Texas v. Tucker Graves ). Here, Kyle acted simultaneously as an (1) investigator, for purposes of (1a) crash reconstruction and (1b) a suspect’s intoxication, and (2) as a Prosecutor with an eye to trial/ admissibility of evidence and finally as (3) a de-facto scene supervisor called on specifically to direct the police officer’s investigation and ensure all possible evidence was collected (ex: multiple blood draws of the Defendant, surveillance footage of not just the crash, but also from the bar or location where the suspect had been in the hours leading up to the crash, the cell phone warrants and downloads of all involved, warrants for and the downloading of the C.D.R. (Crash Data Recorder or “Black Box”) from the vehicles involved, tagging of the airbags into evidence/ DNA collection(s), etc.).
The Vehicular Crimes assignment is unique in that a Prosecutor is called on to work the case from beginning to end. From minutes after the crash, to the trial 12 – 18 months later. Further, these cases were all handled in one of the wealthiest Counties in the State of Texas, which results in a large, highly-aggressive Defense bar being brought in to fight these cases on behalf of the Citizen accused.
Most cases did not have a single Defense attorney, but rather a team of experienced, well-paid lawyers fighting tooth and nail for their clients. It was in this training ground that Kyle excelled, never losing at trial, and securing previously rarely achieved or unheard of verdicts (for example See: State of Texas v. Robbie Jo Hovis).
During his time in Vehicular Crimes Kyle trained Police Officers and Prosecutors on proper procedure in all aspects of Vehicular Crime related investigation/ prosecution, including: writing warrants for blood, cars, phones, Facebook, credit cards, bank accounts, medical records, computers, homes, businesses, surveillance footage, and Crash Data Recorders; standardized field sobriety tests; intoxication investigation documentation; evidence collection; DNA; admonishments/ interrogation/
“Miranda”; crash reconstruction; Voir Dire/ Jury Selection; eliciting testimony; cross examination; proper testimony and response to cross examination; evidentiary rules and suppression hearings; DWI caselaw updates; pleadings and charging decisions; etc. In addition to active and charged cases, Kyle was responsible for a separate rolling caseload of anywhere from 20 – 30 open Grand Jury fatality crash investigations. It is in the course of these investigations Kyle learned how close of a call many of these charging decisions can be, that there is no true formula for what is appropriate to be a “No Bill” (eg: no charge) versus Criminally Negligent Homicide/ Manslaughter/ Aggravated Assault/ Intoxication Manslaughter.
After finishing his rotation in Vehicular Crimes Section of the Special Crimes Bureau, Kyle was assigned to the 184th District Court where he successfully tried Murder, Aggravated Sexual Assault and Aggravated Robbery cases. With these high profile cases, often Kyle was made to call on his experience in not only handling the case, but managing the media; for example, in the Murder trial of a known YMG Gang leader that turned the Harris County Courthouse into a battle-ground for rival gangs in The State of Texas v. Jonathan Rawlins.
Kyle continued on in this role in the 184th regularly going to trial on Aggravated Sexual Assault, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Aggravated Robbery and Murder cases; until finally he decided to leave the DAs office and enter private practice as a Criminal Defense Attorney in Central Texas.
Kyle can find the weaknesses in the State’s, use that information to the Client’s advantage in pretrial discussions with the Prosecutor, all with the unspoken understanding that Kyle is ready, willing and able to provide a highly effective, vigorous trial defense for his client if the Prosecution is unwilling to provide no other reasonable alternative.
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2012||11/24/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Prosecutor||Mothers Against Drunk Driving||2016|
|Managing Partner||Law Office of Kyle Watkins PLLC||2017 - Present|
|Assistant District Attorney||Harris County District Attorney's Office||2012 - 2017|
|Intern||Law Office of Steve Dennis||2010 - 2010|
|Litigation Coordinator||Sullins Johnston Rohrbach and Magers||2010 - 2010|
|Intern||Harris County District Attorney's Office||2010 - 2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Bell County Bar Association||Member||2017 - Present|
|Bell County Young Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||2017 - Present|
|Harris County District Attorney's Office||DWI Caselaw Update||2013|
|South Texas College of Law Houston||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)||2012|
|Texas A&M University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|Law School lecture||Opening Statement and Closing Arguments||2017|
|Law School lecture||Opening Statement and Closing Arguments||2016|
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