Polk County Criminal District Attorney

William Lee Hon

William Lee Hon was sworn in as Polk County Criminal District Attorney on January 1, 2007.  Hon is a fifth generation Polk County resident who attended all twelve years of public school in the Livingston school system and graduated from Livingston High School in 1984. He was active in the Future Farmers of America, was a chapter officer, and was awarded the American Farmer Degree at the 1984 National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. 

 

Following high school, Hon attended Sam Houston State University where he majored in Criminal Justice and received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1987. He attended the University of Mississippi ("Ole Miss") School of Law and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1990. While in law school, Hon served with distinction on the editorial staff of the Mississippi Law Journal and was one of four students selected to serve on the 1990 University of Mississippi National Trial Competition Team. 

 

Following law school, Hon  practiced law in Greenville, Mississippi with the Campbell, DeLong law firm the oldest continuing law partnership in that state. 

 

In 1994, Hon was appointed Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas and was assigned to the Criminal Law Enforcement Section in Austin where he routinely represented state law enforcement agencies such as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Texas Department of Public Safety in federal court proceedings. 

 

In February of 1996, Hon was appointed Assistant Criminal District Attorney in Polk County by John Holleman and was assigned to the felony division. As Felony Division Chief, Hon personally handled well over one thousand felony cases as a prosecutor and served as lead prosecutor in nearly one hundred felony jury trials. He has also served as lead appellate counsel for the State and has argued numerous appeals before the Ninth, Sixth, Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Texas Courts of Appeals; and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin.

 

At the 2003 annual meeting of the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation (AGACL) in New Orleans, Hon was one of only 15 prosecutors in the United States to be awarded the "Board of Directors' Trial Advocacy Award" which was presented in recognition of excellence in the litigation of capital cases.  He has presented lectures to other prosecutors concerning the litigation of death penalty cases at meetings of the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation and the Oklahoma District Attorney's Council.  In 2003, he authored a legal article entitled "Focus on...Determining Mental Retardation in Capital Cases" which appeared in The Texas Prosecutor, a publication of the Texas District and County Attorney's Association. Hon has testified numerous times before House and Senate committees of the Texas Legislature on criminal justice issues and has been a member of the Legislative Committee of the Texas District and County Attorney's Association since 2003. In 2007, Hon was instrumental in the passage of House Bill 872 which amended Section 37.09 of the Texas Penal Code and increased the penalty for the offense of Tampering with Physical Evidence where the evidence tampered with is a human corpse.

 

Hon is a past President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association. He presently serves as an ex-officio member and the statewide prosecutor representative on the Board of Directors of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc. (CACTX).

 

Currently in his third term as Polk County Criminal District Attorney, Hon has prioritized the prosecution of child abuse cases and has advocated the creation of a Sexual Assault Response Team and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program for Polk County. Hon has also participated in the creation of the Polk County Child Fatality Review Team in conjunction with other local health and law enforcement agencies.

 

In addition to his public service as a prosecutor, Hon served for eleven years as a fireman with the Livingston Fire Department. He served as an instructor at the annual Livingston Area Fire Training School held each spring, and received advanced training in firefighting tactics, vehicle extrication/rescue and trench rescue at Texas A&M Municipal Fire Training School. In addition, he completed advanced SCBA or "Smokediver" training at the Southeast Texas Fire Academy in Beaumont, Texas. He has also been actively involved with the Livingston Youth Baseball and Girls Softball Associations, has coached boy's baseball and girls softball, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Livingston Youth Baseball Association.

 

Hon is also a member of the State Bar of Texas, The Mississippi Bar, the Polk County Peace Officers Association, the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, the Texas Farm Bureau, the First United Methodist Church of Livingston, and is a member of the Livingston Rotary Club.  Hon is the proud father of three children, Caroline, Will, and Carson.