Bosque County Criminal Court

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

Arraignments in Bosque County

During an arraignment in Bosque County, a defendant appears before the court and the judge reads the charges that have been filed against the accused and also informs the defendant of his/her rights. During the arraignment in Bosque County, the defendant can choose to plead one of the following 1) Guilty 2) Not Guilty or 3) No Contest. If the defendant enters a plea of Not Guilty, a date for trial is set. In the event of a Guilty or No Contest Plea in Bosque County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.

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.

Bosque County Criminal Court

Bosque County Criminal Court

Bosque County Required Court Appearances

In Bosque 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.

What is Jury Deliberation?

After both the prosecution and defense have presented their cases, the judge in the case will provide instructions to the jury about what they must decide. The jury will be dismissed to the jury room where they will deliberate about the guilt or innocence of the defendant. After reaching a unaminous decision, they return their decision to the court where it is read aloud in the courtroom. If the jury is unable to reach a unaminous decision, the jury is deadlocked, also known as a hung jury, in which a mistrial will be declared.

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.

Who is the prosecutor for Bosque County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Bosque County criminal cases will either be a representative of Bosque County or a representative from Texas. After reviewing evidence it is the prosecutor’s decision whether to file charges or drop a case. Most prosecutors have the ability to negotiate plea bargains, and determine how the case will be prosecuted.

Defendant Sentencing

At a sentence hearing the judge will inform the defendant of the sentence that will be imposed. This sometimes occurs at the same hearing in which the defendant is found guilty (either by trial or plea agreement). In can also occur at a later date, most often this is due to the complexity of the case where more time is needed to determine the appropriate sentence.

I need help for my Bosque 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 Bosque 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 Bosque 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.

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.

Appealing a guilty verdict

A defendant may appeal a guilty verdict to an appellate court. This is not a request to have another trial, but a request for an appellate court to review the case and determine that it was handled in a correct legal manner. There are a number of outcomes in an appeal including an upholding of the conviction, a finding that errors were made resulting in a retrial or resentencing or possibly a complete disimissal of all charges.

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.

Bosque County Criminal Court locations

Criminal proceedings take place in the Bosque County Criminal Courts. A list of the criminal courts are located here.

Bosque County Criminal Court Locations

  • Bosque County 220th District Court

    Address: PO Box 674, Meridian TX 76665
    Phone: 254-435-2334 Fax: 254-435-2152

  • Bosque County Constitutional Court

    Address: 110 S Main, #110, PO Box 617, Meridian TX 76665
    Phone: 254-435-2201 Fax: 254-435-2152

  • Bosque County Court at Law

    Address: 110 S Main, #110, PO Box 617, Meridian TX 76665
    Phone: 254-435-2201 Fax: 254-435-2152

  • Bosque County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

    Address: PO Box 172, Meridian TX 76665
    Phone: 254-435-2921 Fax: 254-435-6906

  • Bosque County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

    Address: PO Box 204, Clifton TX 76634
    Phone: 254-675-8939 Fax: 254-675-6747

  • Clifton Municipal Court

    Address: 403 W Third St, PO Box 231, Clifton TX 76634
    Phone: 254-675-8337 Fax: 254-675-8358

  • Meridian Municipal Court

    Address: 111 Main St, PO Box 306, Meridian TX 76665
    Phone: 254-435-2381

  • Valley Mills Municipal Court

    Address: 401 5th St, PO Box 641, Valley Mills TX 76689
    Phone: 254-932-6147 Fax: 254-932-5608

  • Walnut Springs Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 272, Walnut Springs TX 76690
    Phone: 254-797-7107

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