Dimmit County Criminal Court

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

Who can help me in Dimmit County?

For general information about your case the Dimmit 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.

Dimmit County Criminal Court

Dimmit 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.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Dimmit 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.

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.

Who is the prosecutor for Dimmit County?

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

Dimmit County Required Court Appearances

In Dimmit 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.

Where will Dimmit County criminal case hearings take place?

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

What happens in Dimmit County at an arraignment?

In Dimmit County the defendant is brought into court and informed by the judge of the charges that have been filed against them along with informing them of their rights. At this time, the defendant can plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. If the defendant pleads guilty or no contest, there will be no trial and the defendant may be sentenced immediately or at a later date. If the defendant pleads not guilty a trial date is set.

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.

Jury Deliberations in Dimmit County

In Dimmit 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.

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.

Dimmit County Criminal Court Locations

  • Dimmit County 293rd District Court

    Address: 103 N Fifth St, Carrizo Springs TX 78834
    Phone: 830-876-4243 Fax: 830-876-4200

  • Dimmit County 365th District Court

    Address: 103 N Fifth St, Carrizo Springs TX 78834
    Phone: 830-876-4243 Fax: 830-876-4200

  • Dimmit County Constitutional Court

    Address: 103 N Fifth St, Carrizo Springs TX 78834
    Phone: 830-876-4238 Fax: 830-876-4205

  • Dimmit County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

    Address: 103 N Fifth St, Carrizo Springs TX 78834
    Phone: 830-876-5486

  • Dimmit County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

    Address: 103 N Fifth St, Carrizo Springs TX 78834
    Phone: 830-876-5486

  • Dimmit County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3

    Address: PO Box 519, Big Wells TX 78830
    Phone: 830-457-2643

  • Dimmit County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4

    Address: PO Box 236, Asherton TX 78827
    Phone: 830-468-3530

  • Carrizo Springs Municipal Court

    Address: 700 N 9th St, PO Box 329, Carrizo Springs TX 78834
    Phone: 830-876-3254 Fax: 830-876-3255

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