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Published on June 21, 2024
Travis County ADA Joseph Frederick Resigns After Aggravated Assault Charge and Health ConcernsSource: Facebook/Travis County, Texas - Government

A long-standing member of the Travis County legal community, Assistant District Attorney Joseph Francis Frederick III has resigned following his recent arrest on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to KXAN, Frederick's decision to step down after nearly 20 years was prompted by concerns over retaining his health benefits, in light of a potential termination.

Frederick was arrested and charged on June 8, after an episode where he allegedly pointed a firearm at his roommate and threatened their life. The incident has caused upheaval within the DA's office with Frederick's lawyer, Charlie Baird stating that his client did not, "want to impose that burden on the office he loved and had served for many years." Bail was set at $10,000 and Frederick was released the same day as his arrest, as reported by KXAN.

Before his resignation, Frederick was assigned to various cases including a capital murder case and others involving serious charges such as aggravated assaults, and narcotics-related offenses. However, a review of Travis County District Clerk records shows that since 2016, all 32 felony cases assigned to Frederick were either dismissed or closed with "No Charges Filed," as stated by KXAN. The DA's office, acknowledging requests for comment on Frederick's caseload and the potential effect of his health on his duties, has yet to respond with details.