Pecos County Criminal Court

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

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 Pecos 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.

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.

Pecos County Criminal Court

Pecos County Criminal Court

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.

I need help for my Pecos 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 Pecos 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 Pecos 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.

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.

Pecos County Required Court Appearances

In Pecos 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.

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.

Arraignments in Pecos County

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

What is Jury Deliberation?

After both the prosecution and defense have presented their cases, the judge in the case will provide instructions to the jury about what they must decide. The jury will be dismissed to the jury room where they will deliberate about the guilt or innocence of the defendant. After reaching a unaminous decision, they return their decision to the court where it is read aloud in the courtroom. If the jury is unable to reach a unaminous decision, the jury is deadlocked, also known as a hung jury, in which a mistrial will be declared.

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.

Where will Pecos County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Who is the prosecutor for Pecos County?

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

Pecos County Criminal Court Locations

  • Pecos County 83rd District Court

    Address: 400 S Nelson St, Fort Stockton TX 79735
    Phone: 432-336-3503 Fax: 432-336-6437

  • Pecos County 112th District Court

    Address: 400 S Nelson St, Fort Stockton TX 79735
    Phone: 432-336-3503 Fax: 432-336-6437

  • Pecos County Constitutional Court

    Address: 200 S Nelson St, Fort Stockton TX 79735
    Phone: 432-336-7555 Fax: 432-336-7557

  • Pecos County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

    Address: 200 S Nelson St PO Box 1647, Fort Stockton TX 79735
    Phone: 432-336-3281 Fax: 432-336-6829

  • Pecos County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3

    Address: PO Box 364, Iraan TX 79744
    Phone: 432-639-2350 Fax: 432-639-2158

  • Pecos County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4

    Address: PO Box 336, Imperial TX 79743
    Phone: 432-536-2358

  • Pecos County Justice of the Peace Precinct 6

    Address: PO Box 480, Sheffield TX 79781
    Phone: 432-836-4449 Fax: 432-836-4390

  • Fort Stockton Municipal Court

    Address: 121 W Second, Fort Stockton TX 79735
    Phone: 432-336-8525

  • Iraan Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 457, Iraan TX 79744
    Phone: 432-639-2301

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