Fannin County Criminal Court

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

The Right to Counsel

The Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the U.s. Constitution give defendants in criminal cases the right to counsel/attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to represent you. Like other rights a defendant has, this one can be waived as well and alternatively you can choose to represent yourself.

What is the Burden of Proof?

The term “Burden of Proof” means that the prosecutor is required to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor cannot provide proof of the defendants guilt, then the judge or jury in a trial must find the defendant not guilty. In the United States the principle innocent until proven guilty derives from this that the defendant is assumed innocent and the prosecution has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.

Fannin County Criminal Court

Fannin County Criminal Court

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.

Fannin County Required Court Appearances

In Fannin 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.

Who is the prosecutor for Fannin County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Fannin County criminal cases will either be a representative of Fannin 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.

The Right to Trial by Jury

The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by a jury. This is applicable for when the crime can carry a sentence of 6 months in jail OR a $500 fine, these are known as “Serious Crimes”. The defendant can also waive their right to a speedy and public 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.

If guilty, who sentences the defendant?

If the defendant is found guilty after the trial, the defendent will be sentenced. In some cases, this can occur at the same hearing the defendant is found guilty in court, in other cases a separate hearing will be required. Often the prosecution will request a particular sentence for the defendant and the judge will determine whether to enforce this sentence or impose a different sentence for the defendant.

I need help for my Fannin 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 Fannin 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 Fannin 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.

What happens in Fannin County at an arraignment?

In Fannin 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.

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.

Fannin County Criminal Court locations

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

Fannin County Criminal Court Locations

  • Fannin County 336th District Court

    Address: 101 E Sam Rayburn Dr, #201, Bonham TX 75418
    Phone: 903-583-7459 Fax: 903-640-1826

  • Fannin County Constitutional Court

    Address: 101 E Sam Rayburn Dr, #102, Bonham TX 75418
    Phone: 903-583-7486 Fax: 903-583-9598

  • Fannin County Court at Law

    Address: 101 E Sam Rayburn Dr, #102, Bonham TX 75418
    Phone: 903-583-7486 Fax: 903-583-9598

  • Fannin County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

    Address: 101 E Sam Rayburn Dr, Bonham TX 75418
    Phone: 903-583-7489 Fax: 903-583-2803

  • Fannin County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

    Address: PO Box 1163, Leonard TX 75452
    Phone: 903-587-2846 Fax: 903-587-2018

  • Fannin County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3

    Address: 633 N 6th St, PO Box 86, Honey Grove TX 75446
    Phone: 903-378-7285 Fax: 903-378-7890

  • Bonham Municipal Court

    Address: Phone: 903-583-7555, x109

  • Ector Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 188, Ector TX 75439
    Phone: 903-961-2495

  • Honey Grove Municipal Court

    Address: 633 N 6th St, Honey Grove TX 75446
    Phone: 903-378-3033

  • Ladonia Municipal Court

    Address: 100 Center Plaza, PO Box 5, Ladonia TX 75449
    Phone: 903-367-7011

  • Leonard Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 1270, Leonard TX 75452
    Phone: 903-587-3334

  • Savoy Municipal Court

    Address: 405 E Hayes St, Savoy TX 75479
    Phone: 903-965-4546 Fax: 903-965-4023

  • Trenton Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 44, Trenton TX 75490
    Phone: 903-989-2237

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