Guadalupe County Criminal Court

Guadalupe County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Guadalupe County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Guadalupe County.

Guadalupe County Arraignments

An arraignment is a court hearing. In Guadalupe County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Guadalupe 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 Guadalupe 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.

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.

Guadalupe County Criminal Court

Guadalupe County Criminal Court

Where will Guadalupe County criminal case hearings take place?

Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Guadalupe County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Guadalupe County.

Where can I get help for my Guadalupe 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 Guadalupe 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.

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.

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Guadalupe County, after both the prosecution and defense have rested, the judge will give instructions to the jury and jury deliberations will begin. The jury will convence in a private room to discuss and deliberate the innocence or guilt of the defendant. Once the jury arrives at a unimanous decision, they will inform the judge that they have reached a decision. They will return to the court and the verdict will be read aloud. If the jury cannot reach a unaminous decision, the jury is said to be deadlocked and a mistrial will be declared in the case.

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.

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.

Plea Agreements

A Plea Agreement, sometimes known as a Plea Bargain is an agreement between the prosecution and the defendant, where the defendant pleads guilty or no contest often in exchange for a lesser charge or lighter recommended sentence. A large majority of criminal cases end in a plea agreement. In Guadalupe County you can inform your attorney to negotiate with the prosecution to attempt to come to a plea agreement, but this is dependent upon the charge severity and also the prosecutors willingness to accept a plea deal.

Prosecutor in Guadalupe County

In Guadalupe County, the prosecutor is an attorney representing Guadalupe County. In some cases, the prosecutor may actually represent Texas. For the most part, the prosecutor in Guadalupe County has discretion to both decide whether to file charges and also negotiate a potential plea deal with the defendant.

Mandatory Appearances in Guadalupe County Criminal Court

At a mandatory or required court appearance in Guadalupe County, the defendant must appear before the court. In the event of a “Failure to Appear” the judge may issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant. Note: not all criminal hearings are mandatory, in a non-mandatory hearing an attorney may appear on your behalf without you being in court.

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 Guadalupe County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.

Guadalupe County Criminal Court Locations

  • Guadalupe County 25th District Court

    Address: 101 E Court St, #308, Seguin TX 78155
    Phone: 830-303-8873 (Civil/Family/Child Support) Fax: 830-379-1943

  • Guadalupe County 274th District Court

    Address: 101 E Court St, #308, Seguin TX 78155
    Phone: 830-303-8873 (Civil/Family/Child Support) Fax: 830-379-1943

  • Guadalupe County 2nd 25th District Court

    Address: 101 E Court St, #308, Seguin TX 78155
    Phone: 830-303-8873 (Civil/Family/Child Support) Fax: 830-379-1943

  • Guadalupe County Constitutional Court

    Address: Phone: 830-303-4188, x237 (Probate/Guardianship) Fax: 830-372-1206
    Phone: 830-303-8861 (Civil/Criminal) Fax: 830-372-1206

  • Guadalupe County Court at Law

    Address: Phone: 830-303-4188, x237 (Probate/Guardianship) Fax: 830-372-1206
    Phone: 830-303-8861 (Civil/Criminal) Fax: 830-372-1206

  • Guadalupe County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

    Address: 2405 E US 90, Seguin TX 78155
    Phone: 830-372-4223 Fax: 830-372-3830

  • Guadalupe County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

    Address: 2611 N Guadalupe St, Seguin TX 78155
    Phone: 830-379-2214 Fax: 830-379-3657

  • Guadalupe County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3

    Address: 1101 Elbel Rd, #6, Schertz TX 78154
    Phone: 210-945-6685 Fax: 210-945-8544

  • Guadalupe County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4

    Address: 11144 FM 725, Seguin TX 78155
    Phone: 830-372-8916 Fax: 830-372-8924

  • Cibolo Municipal Court

    Address: 200 S Main St, PO Box 826, Cibolo TX 78108
    Phone: 210-658-7324

  • Marion Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 158, Marion TX 78124
    Phone: 830-914-2391 Fax: 830-420-4460

  • Schertz Municipal Court

    Address: 1400 Schertz Pkwy, Schertz TX 78154
    Phone: 210-619-1500

  • Seguin Municipal Court

    Address: 660 S Hwy 46, Seguin TX 78155
    Phone: 830-401-2325 Fax: 830-401-2772

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