Pleas

Guilty


 By pleading guilty, you admit that you committed the act charged, that the act is prohibited by law, and that you have no defense for your actions. A guilty plea will be considered a conviction and recorded as such on your criminal and/or driving record.

Because the fines and costs vary based on the charged offense, it is necessary to call the court at (940) 567-6321 to determine the exact amount due. A receipt for your payment will be provided to you if a self-addressed stamped envelope is enclosed with your payment. You may also be subject to a state surcharge.

Nolo Contendere / No Contest


A plea of nolo contendere, also known as no contest, simply means that you do not wish to contest the state's charge against you. Nolo contendere has the same legal effect as a guilty plea.

If you wish to plead nolo contendere (no contest), you may be eligible for deferred disposition or a driving safety course to keep an offense off your driving record. You will be responsible for the fees and costs applicable.

Not Guilty


A plea of not guilty means that you are informing the court that you deny guilt and that the state must prove its charges against you. If you plead not guilty, your case will be scheduled for the next available pre-trial hearing. You will need to decide whether you want a bench trial, a trial by a judge, or a trial by a jury, six members of your peers.


Trials

General Information

Trials conducted in the Jacksboro Municipal Court of Record are in accordance with the due process requirements of the United States Constitution, Texas Constitution, and Code of Criminal Procedure. Defendants may be represented by an attorney or may act "pro see" which is a Latin term meaning that the defendant represents himself/herself at trial. 

Article 1.05 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure states that a defendant cannot be brought to trial until after being formal charges with the offense in a complaint. The complaint is a sworn document that alleges the offense you are alleged to have committed and that your conduct was unlawful. Only the offenses alleged in the complaint may be brought to trial.

Types of Trials

Jury Trial

Jurors from the City of Jacksboro will be summoned to appear for service. The Municipal Court Prosecutor and the defendant will have the opportunity to question the potential jurors to learn of any biases or prejudices present which could prevent a fair and impartial trial. The defendant and the prosecutor may each strike 3 potential jurors from the voir dire. All cases tried in the Municipal Court will be heard by a petit jury which consists of 6 persons. 

Bench Trial

If a defendant elects a Bench Trial, the presiding judge will hear and decide the case.

The defendant and prosecutor will present his or her evidence to the judge. The judge then applies the appropriate law, weighs the evidence presented, and renders a verdict of guilty or not guilty. The judge will also assess the defendant's fine and order the costs and fees to be paid by the defendant when the defendant is found guilty. If the defendant is found not guilty, the case is dismissed and no costs or fines are owed by the defendant. 

You will also need to decide whether to retain an attorney to represent you at trial. Only you or a licensed attorney may defend a case in court. The court does not appoint attorneys.