Waller County Criminal Court

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

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.

Jury Deliberations in Waller County

In Waller 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.

Waller County Criminal Court

Waller County Criminal Court

Arraignments in Waller County

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

Prosecutor in Waller County

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

I need help for my Waller 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 Waller 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 Waller 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.

Waller County Required Court Appearances

In Waller 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.

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.

Where will Waller County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Right to Jury Trial

For “Serious Crimes”, those that can have a potential penalty of 6 months in jail OR a minimum $500 penalty, the US Constitution guarantees a right to trial by jury. This is guaranteed by Article III of the Constitution and the 6th Amendment. The accused has the ability to waive their right to trial by jury.

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.

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.

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.

Waller County Criminal Court Locations

  • Waller County 155th District Court

    Address: 836 Austin St, #318, Hempstead TX 77445
    Phone: 979-826-7735 Fax: 979-826-7738

  • Waller County 506th District Court

    Address: 836 Austin St, #318, Hempstead TX 77445
    Phone: 979-826-7735 Fax: 979-826-7738

  • Waller County Constitutional Court

    Address: 836 Austin St, #217, Hempstead TX 77445
    Phone: 979-826-7711 Fax: 979-826-7771

  • Waller County Court at Law

    Address: 836 Austin St, #217, Hempstead TX 77445
    Phone: 979-826-7711 Fax: 979-826-7771

  • Waller County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

    Address: 846 6th St, Hempstead TX 77445
    Phone: 979-826-7745 Fax: 979-826-7748

  • Waller County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

    Address: 27388 Fieldstore Rd, Waller TX 77484
    Phone: 936-372-2193 Fax: 936-931-5206

  • Waller County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3

    Address: 12620 FM 1887, Hempstead TX 77445
    Phone: 979-826-7637 Fax: 979-826-7639

  • Waller County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4

    Address: 3410 1st St, PO Box 7, Pattison TX 77466
    Phone: 281-375-5233 Fax: 281-375-7757

  • Brookshire Municipal Court

    Address: 4029 5th St, PO Box 160, Brookshire TX 77423
    Phone: 281-375-5048 Fax: 281-375-5045

  • Hempstead Municipal Court

    Address: 1015 11th St, Hempstead TX 77445-5227
    Phone: 979-826-8838 Fax: 979-921-0456

  • Prairie View Municipal Court

    Address: 44500 US Bus Hwy 290, PO Box 817, Prairie View TX 77446
    Phone: 936-857-5327 Fax: 936-857-5611

  • Waller Municipal Court

    Address: 1219 Farr St, PO Box 239, Waller TX 77484
    Phone: 936-372-5614

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