Jasper County Criminal Court

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

Who is the prosecutor for Jasper County?

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

Jasper County Criminal Court

Jasper County Criminal Court

Where can I get help for my Jasper 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 Jasper 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.

Can I appeal a guilty verdict?

If found guilty, a defendant may decide to appeal his case to an appelate court. The appellate court will not retry the case, they will examine the proceedings in the lower court to make sure they were done in a legal manner. The appellate court can either uphold the original conviction, or determine that due to errors made in the original trial, that there must be a retrial, resentencing or a complete dismissal of the charges.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Jasper 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.

Jasper County Required Court Appearances

In Jasper 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 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.

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.

Jury Deliberations in Jasper County

In Jasper 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.

Arraignments in Jasper County

During an arraignment in Jasper 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 Jasper 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 Jasper County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.

Where will Jasper County criminal case hearings take place?

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

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.

Jasper County Criminal Court Locations

  • Jasper County 1st District Court

    Address: 121 N Austin St, #202, PO Box 2088, Jasper TX 75951
    Phone: 409-384-2721 Fax: 409-383-7501

  • Jasper County 1A District Court

    Address: 121 N Austin St, #202, PO Box 2088, Jasper TX 75951
    Phone: 409-384-2721 Fax: 409-383-7501

  • Jasper County Constitutional Court

    Address: 121 N Austin St, #103, PO Box 2070, Jasper TX 75951
    Phone: 409-384-2632 Fax: 409-384-7198

  • Jasper County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

    Address: 2033 State Highway 63 W, Jasper TX 75951
    Phone: 409-384-2958 Fax: 409-383-0184

  • Jasper County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

    Address: 121 N Austin St, #105, Jasper TX 75951
    Phone: 409-384-4534 Fax: 409-383-1965

  • Jasper County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3

    Address: PO Box 426, Kirbyville TX 75956
    Phone: 409-423-2281 Fax: 409-423-4235

  • Jasper County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4

    Address: PO Box 179, Buna TX 77612
    Phone: 409-994-2595 Fax: 409-994-2250

  • Jasper County Justice of the Peace Precinct 5

    Address: PO Box 5304, Sam Rayburn TX 75951
    Phone: 409-698-9335 Fax: 409-698-9314

  • Jasper County Justice of the Peace Precinct 6

    Address: PO Box 507, Evadale, TX 77615
    Phone: 409-276-1440 Fax: 409-276-1754

  • Jasper Municipal Court

    Address: 555 S Main St, Jasper TX 75951
    Phone: 409-383-6157

  • Kirbyville Municipal Court

    Address: 105 S Elizabeth Ave, Kirbyville TX 75956
    Phone: 409-423-5953

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