Archer County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Archer County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Archer County.
Burden of Proof Requirement
In a criminal case in the United States, the burden of proof always requires the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. This is a high threshold that must be met by the prosecution when presenting evidence in a case. If the prosecution fails in it’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt the judge must find the defendant not guilty. In a jury trial, the judge will inform the jury what this burden is and their obligation to find the defendant not guilty if they feel the prosecution did prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
What if I can’t afford an attorney?
The 6th Amendment guarantees you the right to an attorney whether or not you can afford one. If you cannot afford one, a public defender will be appointed by the court to represent you.
Where can I get help for my Archer County criminal case?
The 6th amendment of the United States Constitution provides a criminal defendant with the right to an attorney. As read in the miranda rights, this means that if a defendant cannot afford to hire a private attorney a legal attorney will be appointed to the defendant to represent him at no cost to the defendant. This is often a public defender. In addition, the court clerk for Archer County will also be able to provide general information about a specific criminal case. The clerk can only provide information and is not an attorney so they cannot provide legal advice, only a licensed attorney can provide legal advice about what the best options for are for your particular case.
Appealing a Criminal Conviciton
A defendant may appeal a criminal conviction to an appellate court. In an appeal, the actual trial is not redone, but the appellate court hears arguments that the criminal case was not handled in a legal manner at the original criminal court. The appellate court can either uphold the conviction, or determine that errors were made and may request a retrial, a resentencing of the defendant or that the charges be dismissed.
Jury by Trial Right
The US Constitution (Article 3 along with the 6th Amendment) ensures an accused defendant the right to a jury trial. This applies to crimes that have a $500 fine or a potential sentence of six months in jail (aka Serious Crimes). This right to trial by jury can also be waived by a defendant.
Required Court Appearances in Archer County
Any required court appearances in Archer County Criminal Court must be attended by the defendant. Failure to appear in court at your required date and time may result in the judge issuing an arrest warrant.
Archer County Prosecutor
For criminal cases in Archer County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Archer County. The Archer County prosecutor reviews all evidence and ultimately decides whether to file or dismiss charges in the case. Most of the time, the prosecutor has leeway in plea negotiations and determines how the case will be prosecuted.
Where will Archer County criminal case hearings take place?
Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Archer County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Archer County.
Jury Deliberations in Archer County
In Archer County, jury deliberations will take place in a jury trial after the prosecution and defense have presented their cases and rested. At this point, the judge will provide a list of instructions to the jury about what they are allowed and not allowed to do and what verdict options are available for them to decide. The jury will be sent to a private room to discuss the evidence presented in the case and attempt to reach a unaminous decision. When a unaminous decision is reached, the jury will inform the judge that they have reached a verdict and will return to the courtroom for the verdict to be read allowed. In the event that the jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict, the jury results in a deadlock and a mistrial is declared.
Sentencing in Archer County
In Archer County if the defendant is found guilty (by trial or plea), the defendant will be sentenced. This sometimes occurrs immediately after being found guilty, but can also take place at a later date. In most instances, a judge will impose the sentence that is requested by the prosecution, but they also have the descretion to impose a different sentence.
Archer County Arraignments
An arraignment is a court hearing. In Archer County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Archer County Criminal Court and the judge will read the charges that were filed against the defendant. The judge will also read the rights the defendant has and ask the defendant if they understand both the charges filed against them and their rights as a defendant in the case. In Archer County a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest may be entered. In a guilty or no contest plea the sentencing of the defendant may take place at the same arraignment hearing or a later date may be scheduled for sentencing. For a not guilty plea, a date will be set for a trial.
What is a Plea Agreement?
A plea agreement is a deal made between the prosecution and the defendant in a case, where the defendant agrees to plea guilty to a particular charge in exchange for some concession from the prosecutor. In practice, more than 90% of criminal cases end with a plea agreement.
Archer County Criminal Court Locations
Archer County 97th District Court
Address: 100 S Center, PO Box 815, Archer City TX 76351
Phone: 940-574-4615 Fax: 940-574-2432
Archer County Constitutional Court
Address: PO Box 427, Archer City TX 76351
Phone: 940-574-4302 Fax: 940-574-2876
Archer County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1
Address: PO Box 715, Archer City TX 76351
Phone: 940-574-4514 Fax: 940-574-2681
Archer County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2
Address: PO Box 1111, Holliday TX 76366
Archer County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3
Address: PO Box 158, Megargel Texas 76370
Archer County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4
Address: PO Box 24, Scotland TX 76379
Archer City Municipal Court
Address: 118 S Sycamore St, PO Box 367, Archer City TX 76351
Holliday Municipal Court
Address: 110 W Olive, PO Box 508, Holliday TX 76366
Lakeside City Municipal Court
Address: PO Box 4287, Wichita Falls TX 76308
Megargel Municipal Court
Address: PO Box 31, Megargel TX 76370
Windthorst Municipal Court
Address: 1416 Zotz Rd, Windthorst TX 76389