The arraignment (initial setting) is for you to enter your plea, set your case for either a judge or jury Trial, request the mandatory Driving Safety Course etc. You may also use this time to discuss your case with the prosecutor.
Regular arraignments are generally scheduled on the first and the second Wednesdays of the month. Prisoner / Jail arraignments are generally scheduled on the first Tuesday of the month and Juvenile arraignments are generally scheduled on the second Tuesday of the month.
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. You or your attorney must make any pre-trial motions at this time. All motions including motions for continuance must be filed no less than 15 days prior to any scheduled court appearance. 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 and 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 on the third Tuesday and the fourth Wednesday of the month.
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. A jury trial is a formal proceeding that allows the case to be heard by a jury of six people from League city, Texas.
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.
Jury trials are generally scheduled on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Trials by judge are generally scheduled on the third Tuesday, the third Wednesday, and the fourth Wednesday of the month.
The League City Municipal Court is a Court of Record. All defendants have the right to appeal their convictions. The appeals process includes:
- You must go to trial and a record of the trial must be made.
- Judgment must be entered against you.
- You must make a motion for a new trial no later than the 10th day after judgment.
- If the motion for a new trial is overruled, you must give notice of appeal and post an appeal bond no later than the 10th day after the motion for new trial was overruled.
- The appeal bond must be at least double the amount of the fine and costs.
- You must pay a $25 fee for the clerk’s record.
- You must pay for the actual transcription of trial proceedings, approximately $3000-$5000.
- You must pay for the reporter’s record.
- You may file a bill of exception with the transcript.