Mary Beth Harrell

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Mary Beth Harrell is a solo practitioner specializing in criminal defense in Central Texas. Harrell was also an assistant district attorney and city prosecutor. She founded the Bell County Women’s Bar Association and served as past president of the Coryell County Bar Association. Harrell is president of the Coryell County Economic Development Board and taught Business Law at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She has been a featured speaker at the Central Texas Business Women’s Exposition. Harrell produced and hosted a talk show on the local PBS TV channel, KNCT-TV. Harrell served on multiple civic and nonprofit boards.

Stories from Mary Beth Harrell

Freedom Papers
Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

My client, John, walked out of Bell County district court with his “freedom papers”—his words, not mine. John’s road to freedom spanned some 13 years. Back in 2006, John was arrested for possessing cocaine during a raid on a drug house outside Fort Hood. He was another homeless, jobless Army veteran with an incipient addiction. He’d meritoriously served 3 combat tours in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Successfully Suppressing a Search Warrant in Federal Court
Saturday, April 9th, 2016

The Facts

My court-appointed client, Jermaine Jones (JJ), a career offender, had been indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Western Dis­trict of Texas, Waco Division, for possessing just shy of 46 grams of crack cocaine and a loaded .45 handgun. Four Deputy U.S.

Do Not Be Afraid of Challenging the Show-Up Identification
Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Like more than a few of my court-appointed felony clients, Julius was angry, offensive, demanding, and adamantly refused any plea deal. He was 43 years old but looked 60, African-American, unemployed, short, stocky, dark-skinned with very short black hair. Julius was a career felon who was bad at his job.