Court Settings: Trial

You can also plead not guilty and take your case to trial. You can try your case to the judge or a jury. *The State has a right to a trial by jury, so they must agree in order for the case to be tried to the judge. *Even if you have a jury trial, you still have the right to choose whether the judge or jury will set your punishment in the event you are convicted.

Many considerations go into making this decision. It is important that your attorney be familiar with Texas Criminal Law and the reputations of the different judges so that the best choice can be made.

If you are found not guilty or your case is dismissed based on a finding of no probable cause, you are eligible for an expunction. Expunction is a process that clears your record and is not automatic.

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