Moore County Criminal Court

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

Prosecutor in Moore County

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

Where will Moore County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Moore County Criminal Court

Moore County Criminal Court

Jury Deliberations in Moore County

In Moore 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.

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

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Moore 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.

Moore County Arraignments

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

A defendant may appeal a criminal conviction to an appellate court. In an appeal, the actual trial is not redone, but the appellate court hears arguments that the criminal case was not handled in a legal manner at the original criminal court. The appellate court can either uphold the conviction, or determine that errors were made and may request a retrial, a resentencing of the defendant or that the charges be dismissed.

I need help for my Moore 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 Moore 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 Moore 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.

Mandatory Appearances in Moore County Criminal Court

At a mandatory or required court appearance in Moore 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.

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.

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.

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.

Moore County Criminal Court Locations

  • Moore County 69th District Court

    Address: 715 S Dumas Ave, #109, Dumas TX 79029
    Phone: 806-935-4218 Fax: 806-935-6325

  • Moore County Constitutional Court

    Address: 715 S Dumas Ave, #107, Dumas TX 79029
    Phone: 806-935-2009 Fax: 806-935-9004

  • Moore County Court at Law

    Address: 715 S Dumas Ave, #107, Dumas TX 79029
    Phone: 806-935-2009 Fax: 806-935-9004

  • Moore County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

    Address: 615 E 1st St, Dumas TX 79029
    Phone: 806-935-3920 Fax: 806-935-4614

  • Moore County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

    Address: 415 Main St, PO Box 250, Sunray TX 79086
    Phone: 806-948-5362 Fax: 806-948-4485

  • Cactus Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 365, Cactus TX 79013
    Phone: 806-966-5458

  • Dumas Municipal Court

    Address: 124 E 7th St, Dumas, 79029
    Phone: 806-935-3158

  • Sunray Municipal Court

    Address: E 5th St, PO Box 116, Sunray TX 79086
    Phone: 806-948-5362

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