William Lee Hon
Criminal District Attorney
Polk County, Texas

JOE MARTIN, FIRST ASSISTANT CRIMINAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Joe immigrated to Texas before he was two years old and graduated, in 1972, from Dallas Sunset High School.  Joe returned to Louisiana for college and in 1976 graduated with honor from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.


He returned to Texas for law school and received his juris doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law in 1979.  For the first two years after his graduation Joe worked as a staff attorney for Temple-Eastex Incorporated in Diboll, Texas.  From 1981 to 1986 he served as the Assistant Angelina County Attorney, prosecuting misdemeanors.


In 1986 Joe was elected judge of the Angelina County Court at Law No. 1, a position he held for the next twelve years.  After leaving that office, he engaged in a "solo" practice, emphasizing criminal defense, family and probate law.


Finally, in January 2007, Joe joined the staff of the Polk County Criminal District Attorney's Office as the First Assistant.
Joe has been married since 1974 and is the father of three grown children and the grandfather of one (for now).


  • 1972 Graduate of Sunset High School in Dallas, Texas
  • 1976: B.S. in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University
  • 1979:  J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law
  • 1979-1981: Staff Attorney for Temple-Eastex Incorporated in Diboll, Texas
  • 1981-1986: Assistant Angelina County Attorney
  • 1987-1998: Judge of the Angelina County Court at Law No. 1
  • 1998-2006: Solo practitioner emphasizing criminal defense, family and probate law
  • 2007- present: First Assistant, Polk County Criminal District Attorney's Office


You can email Joe at:  joe@polkcountyda.com