Sabine County Criminal Court

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

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 Sabine County?

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

Sabine County Criminal Court

Sabine County Criminal Court

Required Court Appearances in Sabine County

Any required court appearances in Sabine County Criminal Court must be attended by the defendant. Failure to appear in court at your required date and time may result in the judge issuing an arrest warrant.

Sabine County Arraignments

An arraignment is a court hearing. In Sabine County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Sabine County Criminal Court and the judge will read the charges that were filed against the defendant. The judge will also read the rights the defendant has and ask the defendant if they understand both the charges filed against them and their rights as a defendant in the case. In Sabine County a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest may be entered. In a guilty or no contest plea the sentencing of the defendant may take place at the same arraignment hearing or a later date may be scheduled for sentencing. For a not guilty plea, a date will be set for a trial.

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.

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 Sabine 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.

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.

The Right to Counsel

The Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the U.s. Constitution give defendants in criminal cases the right to counsel/attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to represent you. Like other rights a defendant has, this one can be waived as well and alternatively you can choose to represent yourself.

Where can I get help for my Sabine County criminal case?

The 6th amendment of the United States Constitution provides a criminal defendant with the right to an attorney. As read in the miranda rights, this means that if a defendant cannot afford to hire a private attorney a legal attorney will be appointed to the defendant to represent him at no cost to the defendant. This is often a public defender. In addition, the court clerk for Sabine County will also be able to provide general information about a specific criminal case. The clerk can only provide information and is not an attorney so they cannot provide legal advice, only a licensed attorney can provide legal advice about what the best options for are for your particular case.

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 Deliberation

In a jury trial in Sabine County, after both the prosecution and defense have rested, the judge will give instructions to the jury and jury deliberations will begin. The jury will convence in a private room to discuss and deliberate the innocence or guilt of the defendant. Once the jury arrives at a unimanous decision, they will inform the judge that they have reached a decision. They will return to the court and the verdict will be read aloud. If the jury cannot reach a unaminous decision, the jury is said to be deadlocked and a mistrial will be declared in the case.

Where will Sabine County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Sabine County Criminal Court Locations

  • Sabine County 1st District Court

    Address: 201 Main St, PO Box 850, Hemphill TX 75948
    Phone: 409-787-2912 Fax: 409-787-2623

  • Sabine County 273rd District Court

    Address: 201 Main St, PO Box 850, Hemphill TX 75948
    Phone: 409-787-2912 Fax: 409-787-2623

  • Sabine County Constitutional Court

    Address: 201 Main St, PO Box 580, Hemphill TX 75948
    Phone: 409-787-3786 Fax: 409-787-3795

  • Sabine County Justice of the Peace Court Precinct 1

    Address: 201 Main St, PO Box 219, Hemphill TX 75948
    Phone: 409-787-3719 Fax: 409-787-3025

  • Sabine County Justice of the Peace Court Precinct 2

    Address: 100 Dogwood, PO Box 147, Pineland TX 75948
    Phone: 409-584-2211 Fax: 409-584-2846

  • Hemphill Municipal Court

    Address: 211 Starr Street, PO Box 788, Hemphill TX 75948
    Phone: 409-787-2251 Fax: 409-787-2259

  • Pineland Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 6, Pineland TX 75968
    Phone: 409-584-2390

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