About John Creuzot
Leverages more than three decades of criminal law experience, including 21 years as a State District Judge, as an advocate for the accused.
Founded Dallas County’s first-ever drug court, the Dallas Initiative for Expedited Recovery and Treatment (DIVERT) Court.
Has been recognized by both local and national organizations for his impact in the industry, and has presented to the Texas Center for the Judiciary, the Texas Bar Association, and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
John Creuzot touts experience on both sides of the bench, having spent seven years as an Assistant District Attorney, and 21 years as a State District Judge in Dallas, Texas. Today, John leverages his in-depth understanding of the Dallas criminal court system to help those accused of a wide range of misdemeanor and felony crimes at both the state and federal levels.
Judge Creuzot is nationally recognized as an expert in drug courts, criminal justice reform and evidence-based sentencing. He has lectured and taught courses at the National Drug Court Institute, the National Judicial College, and the National Center for State Courts. He has also presented at several national training conferences for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and has taught drug court teams from across the country. His initiatives include the founding of Dallas County’s first drug court, the Dallas Initiative for Expedited Recovery and Treatment (DIVERT) Court. The DIVERT Court program has achieved a 68% reduction in recidivism and boasts over $9.00 in avoided criminal justice costs for every dollar spent on participants in the program. Judge Creuzot has lectured and directed seminars for the Texas Center for the Judiciary, the Texas Bar Association, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and served as a member of the following organizations:
- District Six Grievance Committee for the State Bar
- Texas Punishment Standards Commission
- City of Dallas Ethics Task Force
- City of Dallas Task Force on Homelessness
- Board of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals
- Advisor to the Model Penal Code Sentencing Project
- Governor Rick Perry’s Anti-Crime Commission
Retired Judge John Creuzot was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and, in 1966, his family moved to Houston, Texas. Judge Creuzot graduated from Houston’s Mirabeau B. Lama High School and next attended North Texas State University, where he graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1982, Judge Creuzot graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law and began a career as an Assistant District Attorney in Dallas, Texas. As an Assistant DA for Dallas County, Judge Creuzot achieved the rank of Chief Felony Prosecutor, where he supervised a team of Assistant District Attorneys. Judge Creuzot was also a Grand Jury and death penalty prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office. In 1989, looking to expand his career, Judge Creuzot entered the private practice of law until 1991, when he was appointed State District Judge of Criminal District Court 4 by then Governor Ann Richards. Judge Creuzot was elected five times and has served as a State District Judge over 21 years.