Atascosa County Criminal Court

Atascosa County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Atascosa County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Atascosa County.

Jury Deliberations in Atascosa County

In Atascosa 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.

Right to Jury Trial

For “Serious Crimes”, those that can have a potential penalty of 6 months in jail OR a minimum $500 penalty, the US Constitution guarantees a right to trial by jury. This is guaranteed by Article III of the Constitution and the 6th Amendment. The accused has the ability to waive their right to trial by jury.

Atascosa County Criminal Court

Atascosa County Criminal Court

Sentencing in Atascosa County

In Atascosa 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.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Atascosa County you may be able to enter into a plea agreement depending upon the severity of the charges. It is also dependant upon the prosecution willing to accept a plea agreement. You can ask your attorney to attempt to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution to avoid having a jury trial along with the potential for a more serious sentence. Approximately 9 out of 10 criminal cases usually end in a plea agreement.

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.

Atascosa County Prosecutor

For criminal cases in Atascosa County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Atascosa County. The Atascosa 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.

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.

What happens in Atascosa County at an arraignment?

In Atascosa County the defendant is brought into court and informed by the judge of the charges that have been filed against them along with informing them of their rights. At this time, the defendant can plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. If the defendant pleads guilty or no contest, there will be no trial and the defendant may be sentenced immediately or at a later date. If the defendant pleads not guilty a trial date is set.

Atascosa County Criminal Court hearings

Criminal hearings in Atascosa County will take place at the Atascosa County Criminal Courts. Please see here for a list of the Atascosa County Criminal Court Locations.

I need help for my Atascosa County criminal case

The best place to get information about your criminal case is from an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint one to represent you which will assist in your case. For general information about your case the Atascosa County court clerk is able to provide general information about your specific case (e.g. date/time hearings, mandatory appearance, what will take place and what you will be required to do). The court clerk for Atascosa County will NOT be able to provide legal advice for your case, only an attorney can provide legal advice. The court clerk can provide legal information (like the information found on this website) about your case but cannot provide advice about what you should do in your legal manner.

Atascosa County Required Court Appearances

In Atascosa County, there are both required and non-required court appearances for the defendant. At a required or mandatory appearance hearing, the defendant is required to appear in person before the court. Failing to appear at your required hearing may result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest by the judge.

Right to an attorney

The US Constitution’s Sixth Amendment ensures the right to an attorney regardless of whether or not you can afford one. In Atascosa County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.

Atascosa County Criminal Court Locations

  • Atascosa County 81st District Court

    Address: 1 Courthouse Circle Dr, Jourdanton TX 78026
    Phone: 830-769-3011 Fax: 830-769-1332

  • Atascosa County 218th District Court

    Address: 1 Courthouse Circle Dr, Jourdanton TX 78026
    Phone: 830-769-3011 Fax: 830-769-1332

  • Atascosa County Constitutional Court

    Address: 1 Courthouse Circle Dr, Jourdanton TX 78026
    Phone: 830-767-2511 Fax: 830-769-1021

  • Atascosa County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

    Address: 2136 2nd St, Pleasanton TX 78064
    Phone: 830-569-2801 Fax: 830-569-2829

  • Atascosa County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

    Address: 3414 FM 3175, Lytle TX 78052
    Phone: 830-772-3660 Fax: 830-772-5026

  • Atascosa County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3

    Address: 800 Main St, Jourdanton TX 78026
    Phone: 830-769-2074 Fax: 830-769-2079

  • Atascosa County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4

    Address: 744 Hwy 281 S, Pleasanton TX 78064
    Phone: 830-569-6614 Fax: 830-569-6664

  • Charlotte Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 216, Charlotte TX 78011
    Phone: 830-277-1414

  • Jourdanton Municipal Court

    Address: 1212B Simmons Ave, Jourdanton TX 78026
    Phone: 830-769-2124

  • Lytle Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 743, Lytle TX 78052
    Phone: 830-709-3692 Fax: 830-772-3212

  • Pleasanton Municipal Court

    Address: 108 Second St, PO Box 209, Pleasanton TX 78064
    Phone: 830-281-6828 Fax: 830-569-3576

  • Poteet Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 378, Poteet TX 78065
    Phone: 830-742-3564

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