The primary duty of the Juvenile Law Section is to handle all criminal juvenile matters, including initial detention hearings, intake, filing of formal charges, participation in meetings with juvenile probation, juvenile detention, and treatment providers, and dispositions of cases through pleas or trials.
The Juvenile Law Section strives for excellence in serving the citizens of Collin County by helping to see that justice is achieved for victims of juvenile delinquent conduct. Additionally, the Section seeks to enforce the laws of the State of Texas while working to ensure that juveniles are given the opportunity to rehabilitate themselves prior to becoming adults.
Cyndi Springer received her Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law in 1980. Between college and law school, she briefly worked as a television reporter for KXII-TV in Sherman, Texas. She worked as a misdemeanor prosecutor under Dallas County Criminal District Attorney Henry Wade in the early 1980s before becoming a felony prosecutor in Collin County. Between 1983 and 1987, Ms. Springer served as the chief felony prosecutor in the 199th, 219th, and 296th Judicial District Courts, presented cases to the grand jury, and supervised and trained misdemeanor prosecutors. In 1987, she left the District Attorney’s Office to devote full-time attention to her family. In 2001, she returned to the Office to serve in the Family Justice Division, handling juvenile and CPS cases as well as protective orders. She is a member of the Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Ms. Springer was certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the area of Juvenile Law in 2005.
Kelly D. Ludy completed her undergraduate education at Baylor University and received her law degree from Baylor University School of Law. Prior to joining the Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, she worked as a briefing attorney with the Tenth Court of Appeals in Waco, Texas. Ms. Ludy joined the Office in 1998 and prosecuted cases in misdemeanor and felony courts before joining the Juvenile Law Section.
Linda Drain received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas Southern University and her Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. She began her legal career in the Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted both felony and misdemeanor cases and prepared and argued appellate briefs. Ms. Drain then worked in private practice for nine years, concentrating on family law, juvenile law, and criminal defense litigation. From 2008 to 2010, she served as a substitute Judge/Master for Probate Court No. 1 for mental health commitment hearings. Ms. Drain returned to the District Attorney’s Office in January 2011.
Ms. Drain is an active community member and volunteer. She is a founding member of the Collin County Bench Bar Foundation and a member of the Texas Bench Bar Foundation. She was a Delegate to the 2006 and 2008 Republican State Conventions and the 2008 Collin County Republican Convention. She has served on the board of CITY House and the YMCA of McKinney, is past president of the African American Republican Club of Collin County, and currently serves on the executive committee of the Conner Harrington Republican Women’s Club.
Bobby Chacon is a United States Army and Marine Corp veteran who served sixteen years as a social worker with the Family Service Unit in El Paso, Texas. During his seventeen-year law enforcement career, Investigator Chacon worked as a transport officer, a Health Department Eligibility Worker, a bailiff with the 366th Judicial District Court, and an instructor with the Collin County Law Enforcement Academy Gun Range, where he instructed the service classes for law enforcement personnel. Investigator Chacon then joined the Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office as a criminal investigator, where he has served the Collin County Court at Law No. 3 and the 416th Judicial District Court trial teams. He is currently assigned to the Juvenile Law Section of the Family Justice Division.
Nancy Lloyd graduated from the Bradford School of Business in 1985. She has seventeen years of corporate administrative experience and joined the Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office in 2003. Ms. Lloyd presently serves as a legal secretary in the Family Justice Division in both the Child/Adult Protection Section and the Domestic Violence Section.
Cindy Frye began working for the Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office in February 2008 as a receptionist. After six months, she was promoted to secretary for the Intake Section of the Grand Jury/Intake Division and then to Legal Secretary I. She is currently assigned to the Family Justice Division, serving in both the Juvenile Law Section and the Domestic Violence Section.