Richard Glaser has been practicing law for more than 40 years and serving as Fannin County’s District Attorney for nearly 10 years — and plans to continue on in both capacities for as long as he can.

Richard Glaser has been practicing law for more than 40 years and serving as Fannin County’s District Attorney for nearly 10 years — and plans to continue on in both capacities for as long as he can.


Glaser grew up in Dallas, then earned his bachelor’s degree and law degree at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. For a while, his career as a lawyer took him to several areas of Texas. Beginning in 1974, Glaser started a private law firm in Dallas, which eventually added another office in Trenton. Glaser found that he liked Trenton more than Dallas, and moved to Fannin County in 1996.


In 2004 Glaser ran for Fannin County District Attorney, and won. "It was exhilarating to be elected," he said.


Glaser made a few changes to the DA’s office when he was elected. Prior to his election the DA’s office was only open until noon each day. Glaser extended the hours to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also upon Glaser’s arrival, the office had a backlog of about 1,100 felony cases. Glaser made it a priority to expedite the process of handling cases, and the office has been able to cut down the backlog to about 400 felony cases.


The DA’s office has sponsored several initiatives that Glaser is proud of, one of which is the DWI "no-refusal" program. The program pertains to situations where an officer suspects that a driver is under the influence of alcohol, and the driver refuses a breathalyzer and/or blood test. The program allows the officer to obtain a search warrant affidavit to require a blood test of the driver.


"It has really helped with bringing the DWI’s down," Glaser said.


Glaser consistently stressed the importance of teamwork in criminal justice. One of his favorite aspects of his job is his colleagues at the DA office, whom he greatly enjoys working with. The office also partners with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office and the local police departments.


"My office is just part of a team," he said, "All the local (law enforcement), we try to help them with training. They help us with needs that we have. It’s a joint effort."


Members of the public may think that the District Attorney’s office’s duty is to convict people. But Glaser said the office’s main job is to "see that justice is done."


"If you’re not safe in your community … if you have to live in fear of being mugged or attacked or robbed, that’s not much of a life," Glaser said, "And we go to the furthest extent possible to try to make sure that the public is protected from those that would do harm."


Glaser is a self-described "animal lover." When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his four rescue dogs. He also likes to play golf.


As far as plans for the future, Glaser said he hopes to continue working as the District Attorney and that he has more ideas for ways the office can improve.