Kerr County Criminal Court

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

Mandatory Appearances in Kerr County Criminal Court

At a mandatory or required court appearance in Kerr 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.

Burden of Proof

The burden of proof is always on the prosecution in a criminal trial. In other words, the prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime. The defense must only prove that there is a reasonable possibility that the defendant did NOT commit the crime. If the prosecution cannot prove that the defendant committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, the jury will be instructed to find the defendant not-guilty.

Kerr County Criminal Court

Kerr County Criminal Court

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.

Kerr County Criminal Court hearings

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

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.

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.

Arraignments in Kerr County

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

Jury Deliberations in Kerr County

In Kerr 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.

Where can I get help for my Kerr 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 Kerr 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.

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.

Prosecutor in Kerr County

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

Kerr County Criminal Court Locations

  • Kerr County 198th District Court

    Address: 700 Main St, #236, Kerrville TX 78028
    Phone: 830-792-2281 Fax: 830-896-9025

  • Kerr County 216th District Court

    Address: 700 Main St, #236, Kerrville TX 78028
    Phone: 830-792-2281 Fax: 830-896-9025

  • Kerr County Constitutional Court

    Address: 700 Main St, #122, Kerrville TX 78028
    Phone: 830-792-2255 Fax: 830-792-2274

  • Kerr County Court at Law

    Address: 700 Main St, #122, Kerrville TX 78028
    Phone: 830-792-2255 Fax: 830-792-2274

  • Kerr County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

    Address: 700 Main St, Room 102, Kerrville TX 78028
    Phone: 830-792-2230 Fax: 830-792-2278

  • Kerr County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

    Address: 400 Clearwater Paseo, Suite 103, Kerrville TX 78028
    Phone: 830-792-6444 Fax: 830-792-6414

  • Kerr County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3

    Address: 700 Main St, Room BA101, Kerrville TX 78028
    Phone: 830-792-2233 Fax: 830-792-2279

  • Kerr County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4

    Address: 3324-A Junction Hwy, Ingram TX 78025
    Phone: 830-367-2245 Fax: 830-367-3005

  • Ingram Municipal Court

    Address: 230 Hwy 39, Ingram TX 78025
    Phone: 830-357-5115 Fax 830-367-3175

  • Kerrville Municipal Court

    Address: 301 McFarland St, Kerrville TX 78028
    Phone: 830-257-2388

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