Newton County Criminal Court

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

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.

Newton County Prosecutor

For criminal cases in Newton County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Newton County. The Newton County prosecutor reviews all evidence and ultimately decides whether to file or dismiss charges in the case. Most of the time, the prosecutor has leeway in plea negotiations and determines how the case will be prosecuted.

Newton County Criminal Court

Newton County Criminal Court

Where will Newton County criminal case hearings take place?

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

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.

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.

Jury Deliberations in Newton County

In Newton 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.

Appealing a guilty verdict

A defendant may appeal a guilty verdict to an appellate court. This is not a request to have another trial, but a request for an appellate court to review the case and determine that it was handled in a correct legal manner. There are a number of outcomes in an appeal including an upholding of the conviction, a finding that errors were made resulting in a retrial or resentencing or possibly a complete disimissal of all charges.

What happens in Newton County at an arraignment?

In Newton 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.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Newton 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.

I need help for my Newton 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 Newton 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 Newton 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.

Sentencing in Newton County

In Newton County if the defendant is found guilty (by trial or plea), the defendant will be sentenced. This sometimes occurrs immediately after being found guilty, but can also take place at a later date. In most instances, a judge will impose the sentence that is requested by the prosecution, but they also have the descretion to impose a different sentence.

Newton County Required Court Appearances

In Newton 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.

Newton County Criminal Court Locations

  • Newton County 1st District Court

    Address: 110 Court St, PO Box 535, Newton TX 75966
    Phone: 409-379-3951 Fax: 409-379-9087

  • Newton County 1A District Court

    Address: 110 Court St, PO Box 535, Newton TX 75966
    Phone: 409-379-3951 Fax: 409-379-9087

  • Newton County Constitutional Court

    Address: 109 Court St, PO Box 484, Newton TX 75966
    Phone: 409-379-5341 Fax: 409-379-9049

  • Newton County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

    Address: 4382 FM 363, Newton TX 75966
    Phone: 409-397-4545 Fax: 409-397-4455

  • Newton County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

    Address: PO Box 178, Wiergate TX 75977
    Phone: 409-565-9944 Fax: 409-565-1017

  • Newton County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3

    Address: PO Box 128, Burkeville TX 75932
    Phone: 409-565-2719 Fax: 409-565-2720

  • Newton County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4

    Address: PO Box 139, Deweyville TX 77614
    Phone: 409-746-7190 Fax: 409-746-9843

  • Newton Municipal Court

    Address: 101 North St, Newton TX 75966
    Phone: 409-379-5061

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