Rusk County Criminal Court

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

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.

I need help for my Rusk 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 Rusk 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 Rusk 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.

Rusk County Criminal Court

Rusk County Criminal Court

Who is the prosecutor for Rusk County?

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

Mandatory Appearances in Rusk County Criminal Court

At a mandatory or required court appearance in Rusk 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.

What is the Burden of Proof?

The term “Burden of Proof” means that the prosecutor is required to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor cannot provide proof of the defendants guilt, then the judge or jury in a trial must find the defendant not guilty. In the United States the principle innocent until proven guilty derives from this that the defendant is assumed innocent and the prosecution has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.

Arraignments in Rusk County

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

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.

What is a Plea Agreement?

A plea agreement is a deal made between the prosecution and the defendant in a case, where the defendant agrees to plea guilty to a particular charge in exchange for some concession from the prosecutor. In practice, more than 90% of criminal cases end with a plea agreement.

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.

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.

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 Rusk County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Rusk County Criminal Court Locations

  • Rusk County 4th District Court

    Address: 115 N Main St, #301, PO Box 1687, Henderson TX 75653
    Phone: 903-657-0353 Fax: 903-657-1914

  • Rusk County Constitutional Court

    Address: 115 N Main St, #206, PO Box 758, Henderson TX 75653
    Phone: 903-657-0332 Fax: 903-657-0062

  • Rusk County Court at Law

    Address: 115 N Main St, #206, PO Box 758, Henderson TX 75653
    Phone: 903-657-0332 Fax: 903-657-0062

  • Rusk County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

    Address: PO Box 357, Overton TX 75684
    Phone: 903-834-3753 Fax: 903-834-1490

  • Rusk County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

    Address: 150 W Davis St, PO Box 1034, Tatum TX 75691
    Phone: 903-947-6440 Fax: 903-947-6292

  • Rusk County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3

    Address: PO Box 189, Mount Enterprise TX 75681
    Phone: 903-822-3737 Fax: 903-822-3735

  • Rusk County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4

    Address: 7933 Hwy 42 S, Henderson TX 75654
    Phone: 903-854-4220 Fax: 903-854-4316

  • Rusk County Justice of the Peace Precinct 5

    Address: 210 W Charlevoix Ave, #304, Henderson TX 75652
    Phone: 903-657-0308 Fax: 903-657-0310

  • Henderson Municipal Court

    Address: 502 W Main St, Henderson TX 75652
    Phone: 903-657-6551

  • Mount Enterprise Municipal Court

    Address: 103 W Gregg St, Mount Enterprise TX 75681
    Phone: 903-822-3269

  • New London Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 428, New London TX 75682
    Phone: 903-895-4466

  • Overton Municipal Court

    Address: 1200 S Commerce, Overton TX 75684
    Phone: 903-834-3145

  • Tatum Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 1105, Tatum TX 75691
    Phone: 903-947-2282

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