Paul Johnson

District Attorney
Title: Criminal District Attorney
Paul Johnson

Role as District Attorney

Paul considers it an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Denton County as District Attorney. He believes the primary responsibility of the District Attorney is to seek justice and enhance public safety for all citizens by aggressively, fairly, and ethically prosecuting those who violate the law.


Paul is extremely proud of the many improvements in his office and the numerous accomplishments of his staff. As District Attorney, Paul spearheaded the development of Specialized Treatment Court Programs in Denton County, including the:

  • Driving While Impaired (DWI) Treatment Court Program
  • First Time Offender/ Drug Treatment Court Program
  • Mental Health Treatment Court Program
  • Veteran’s Treatment Court Program

These specialized programs enhance public safety and provide qualified veterans, first time offenders, and non-violent offenders with drug or alcohol dependency issues or mental health issues with an alternative path through the criminal justice process aimed at rehabilitation and recovery.

Partnership with Denton Independent School District

As District Attorney, Paul partnered his office with the Denton Independent School District to develop a criminal justice intern program which provides high school students with a valuable hands-on work experience in the District Attorney’s office.


Paul Johnson is currently serving his third term as the Elected Criminal District Attorney of Denton County.

Community Involvements

Paul proudly serves on the board of the Denton County Children’s Advocacy Center, and he is a member of the University of North Texas Criminal Justice Professional Advisory Council.


Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington and a law degree from the University of Houston School of Law. Before attending college, Paul began his career in law enforcement as a prison guard with the Texas Department of Corrections.


Paul and his wife, Katherine, have been married and living in Denton County for over 30 years. They are the parents of three children.


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