The Structure of Texas Criminal Courts


  If you are charged with a crime, your case will follow the structure of the Texas criminal court system. Read on to learn about how your case might progress through the legal system.   Local Trial Courts Most cases will start with the local courts. If you're charged with a minor misdemeanor, you may start in either the municipal or justice court system. Only minor misdemeanors that can be punished with fines begin in these courts. Municipal courts also have original jurisdiction over municipal ordinance criminal cases. Each county has between one and sixteen justice courts, which have original jurisdiction in class C misdemeanor criminal cases and can issue arrest warrants.   County Courts Each county has its own county court, overseen by a county judge called the constitutional county courts. They have jurisdiction over class A and class B misdemeanors, probate matters, and appeals de novo from municipal...
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What to Do When Your Child is Arrested

What to Do When Your Child is Arrested
No one likes to think that their child could ever get in trouble with the law. But, unfortunately, many children and teenagers do. It might be something you've been expecting for a while, or it could be completely out of character. Either way, if your child has been arrested and perhaps charged with a crime , you need to take action. It can be a very stressful situation, but you need to deal with it. Although you may be feeling all sorts of things, from protective to angry, it's time to think practically. After you've made sure that your child is alright, you should follow these steps to help them. Get the Details The first thing you should do is find out what happened. You might be panicked and even angry when you arrive at the police station, but it's best to remain calm. One of the police officers should...
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