Tarrant County operates twenty criminal courts including six state-level criminal courts with four (4) Criminal District Courts. The Texas State Legislature created the District Courts as courts of general jurisdiction to serve a geographical area. The District Courts in Tarrant County have original jurisdiction in all felony criminal cases.
For felony cases prosecuted there, the courtrooms are split into criminal district courts (CDC) 1 to 4. Six other district courts are located on the 5th and 6th floors.
District Courts are courts of record and have jury trials with twelve people sitting on the jury to decide the case. Punishment for felony convictions can include fines, probation up to ten years in most cases, and confinement in a Texas State Prison for a term of years up to life or the death penalty for capital crimes.
Attorneys for the District Courts in Tarrant County, TX
If you are accused of a felony offense being prosecuted in the district courts in Tarrant County, TX, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy in Fort Worth, TX.
Call us to discuss your case, the potential penalties that can be imposed, and the best defenses to aggressively fight the charges. Contact us for a free consultation today.
Juvenile Cases in the District Courts in Tarrant County, TX
For children between the age of 10 years old and 17 years old are accused of committing an unlawful act defined in the Texas Family Code, the case is presided over by a District Court or County Judge in juvenile court. The Family Code includes prohibited acts listed in the Texas Penal Code and acts that are limited to children such as truancy and running away from home.
If the child is determined to be delinquent and in need of supervision, then the court can adjudicate the child as a delinquent. In some cases involving a criminal accusation against a child, the judge can certify the child to stand trial as an adult if the child was at least 14 years of age at the time of the offense.
This article was last updated on Tuesday, April 9, 2017.