Contact with families in crises inspired me to devote my 20+ year career to public service. Raised by my grandmother, I am a 1st generation college graduate. Prior to judge, I was a child abuse/domestic violence prosecutor, co-founder of a national anti-human trafficking nonprofit and judicial briefing attorney for Texas’ highest criminal court.
Re-elect Judge Crystal Chandler
As judge, I have handled more than 7,000 criminal family violence cases. I streamlined the docket, reduced the overall number of cases and decreased unnecessary delays. My number one priority is ensuring the safety of the community while treating everyone fairly. To increase community safety, I worked with other agencies to coordinate police access to orders of protection, enforced compliance for firearm surrender in violent cases, and created two initiatives to help break the cycle of violence.
Domestic violence is intentional behavior that is about power and control. Changing batterer behavior requires changing attitudes and beliefs, while also addressing other contributing factors like substance abuse and mental illness. As judge, I have implemented two initiatives to help offenders break the cycle of violence and as I have always done, I continue to educate the public on the subject. Understanding the complex nature of domestic violence cases is critical to reduce recidivism.
Domestic violence affects the whole community. Judicial races should be about who knows the law, who follows the law and who has the depth of professional and personal experience that lends itself to helping those who appear before them, but also the discretion to know when someone needs to learn a tough lesson. My reputation for being a leader in the field of criminal family violence law, coupled with my even-handed and cool-headed temperament, makes me the crystal clear choice for this court.
My primary practice is Family Law. I am Board Certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children in Child Welfare Law. I am a certified Drug Court Attorney & teach the Child Welfare Law Seminar at St. Mary's U Law School. I practiced Criminal Law the first 5 years of my legal career: Domestic Violence Court. My experience is extensive.
A daily review of the docket & settings with the Court's Coordinator will be a daily exercise to ensure that cases are prosecuted, defended & litigated expeditiously in Bexar County's Court at Law 13. Resets will be limited, if at all possible to one request per side (State v. Defendant). Any and all "downtime" for the Court will be promptly used to hear any outstanding matters/motions, jail docket, etc. I will report to work at 8am and not depart until 530p. I plan to work full days every day.
The Court will impact recidivism when it is innovated via Domestic Violence Drug Court. Drug Courts work. I know this because I was one of the 1st Drug Court attorneys & have seen Drug Court grow from 1 in 2002 to over 7 today. Bexar County has the highest number of drug and domestic violence cases in the state and they intersect in CCL 13. A domestic violence drug court would address the source of the behavior: drug abuse that fuel violence. Sober defendants=healthy families=safer community.
The voting public affiliates party identity w/ a philosophy about life in general, e.g., liberal v. conservative approaches. Party affiliation is often used as a litmus test for candidates by voters. A shift to non-partisan races means leanings will not be immediately attributed to party affiliation & the voting public would need to research the candidate more profoundly and actually seek to meet the candidate and ask questions directly of the candidate. The value in either depends on the voter.