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At the initial appearance in Municipal Court, you will be given the opportunity to:
- enter a plea
- set your case for a judge trial or jury trial
- request an opportunity to discuss your case with the prosecutor
- request the mandatory Driving Safety Course
- request Deferred Disposition
Regular arraignments are generally scheduled:
Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
Thursday at 9:00 a.m.
Walk-ins are welcome on any regular arraignment docket but must first check in at the front window.
Prisoner / Jail arraignments are conducted every 24 hours.
Pre-Trial Conference (Opt)
The request for Pre-Trial Conference must be made in writing. The Pre-trial Conference is an opportunity for you or your attorney to look at the complaint filed by the state and examine any evidence that is available. All pre-trial motions should be filed at this hearing. This includes a motion for a continuance, a motion to request an interpreter, a motion for recording, a motion for discovery, and a motion to challenge the complaint. All motions must be filed no less than 10 days prior to any scheduled trial date. Failure to file timely will result in the motion being denied.
Plea Negotiations & Requests
You will be allowed to discuss any plea negotiations with a prosecutor, reach any agreements in exchange for a plea of guilty or no contest, and dispose of your case at this setting. If you wish to take a discretionary DSC or request a deferred disposition, you must request it at this time. The judge is not obligated to grant this request. If agreements cannot be reached, you will be given a date to return for your judge or jury trial.
Pre-trial conferences are generally scheduled:
Monday at 1:30 p.m. (non-attorney)
Thursday at 2:30 p.m. (attorney only)
At this setting, the State will present the case and you or your attorney will have an opportunity to defend your case, depending on your initial request, before a judge or a jury. Both sides will have an opportunity to call and present witnesses and evidence.
Trial by Judge
They will decide the facts and render a judgment of guilt or innocence and decide punishment. A judge trial simply allows both the state and the defendant to present their side of the case to one person, the judge, and the judge will render a judgment of guilt or innocence and decide punishment.
Trial by Jury
A jury trial is a formal proceeding that allows the case to be heard by a jury of six people from Baytown, Texas. Both the state and the defendant present their side of the case to the six people selected to serve on the jury. The jury will decide the facts and render a judgement of guilt or innocence and decide punishment.
Judge trials are generally scheduled every other Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Jury trials are generally scheduled on every other week on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.