McMullen County Criminal Court

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

Required Court Appearances in McMullen County

Any required court appearances in McMullen County Criminal Court must be attended by the defendant. Failure to appear in court at your required date and time may result in the judge issuing an arrest warrant.

McMullen County Prosecutor

For criminal cases in McMullen County, the prosecutor will be a representative of McMullen County. The McMullen County prosecutor reviews all evidence and ultimately decides whether to file or dismiss charges in the case. Most of the time, the prosecutor has leeway in plea negotiations and determines how the case will be prosecuted.

McMullen County Criminal Court

McMullen County Criminal Court

Who can help me in McMullen County?

For general information about your case the McMullen County court clerk will be able to provide legal information about your specific criminal case. Legal information is not legal advice though, the court clerk will only be able to provide information about your case, like date/time of hearings what will occur at the hearing and what you may be required to do in the hearing. They cannot provide advice about what you should do or what the best legal options may be for your particular case. Only an attorney can provide legal advice and this is your best place for information about your specific criminal proceeding. If you cannot afford to hire a private attorney to represent you, a judge will appoint an attorney to represent you, this is most often a public defender.

Arraignments in McMullen County

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

Where will McMullen County criminal case hearings take place?

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

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.

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.

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.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In McMullen 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.

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

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.

Jury Deliberations in McMullen County

In McMullen 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.

McMullen County Criminal Court Locations

  • McMullen County 36th District Court

    Address: 501 River St, PO Box 235, Tilden TX 78072
    Phone: 361-274-3215 Fax: 361-274-3858

  • McMullen County 156th District Court

    Address: 501 River St, PO Box 235, Tilden TX 78072
    Phone: 361-274-3215 Fax: 361-274-3858

  • McMullen County 343rd District Court

    Address: 501 River St, PO Box 235, Tilden TX 78072
    Phone: 361-274-3215 Fax: 361-274-3858

  • McMullen County Constitutional Court

    Address: 501 River St, PO Box 235, Tilden TX 78072
    Phone: 361-274-3215 Fax: 361-274-3858

  • McMullen County Justice of the Peace

    Address: 504 Courthouse Dr, PO Box 238, Tilden TX 78072
    Phone: 361-274-3372 Fax: 361-274-3758

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