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A trial is an adversary proceeding in which the County Attorney must present evidence to prove the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant is not required to prove his or her innocence or to present any evidence.
Both the defendant and the County Attorney (representing the State of Texas) have the right to a trial by a jury. Sometimes, both sides agree to let a Judge listen to the evidence and decide the case without a jury; this is called a "bench trial". In a jury trial, the jury is the "Trier of fact"; in a bench trial, the judge is. After the evidence is presented, the judge or a jury will determine whether the evidence proved that the defendant committed the crime. In Texas a criminal trial is a "bifurcated" trial. The first phase of the trial is called the guilt/innocence phase of the trial. After the presentation of this phase the jury, or the Judge if it is a bench trial, will only determine whether the defendant is innocent or guilty of the offense(s) alleged in the information. If the defendant is found innocent that is the end of the trial. If the defendant is found to be guilty then the next phase of the trial will be held. This phase of the trail is called the punishment phase. The defendant can elect to have his punishment assessed by the jury or by the Judge.
Criminal CasesA criminal case results when a person is accused of committing a crime. You, as a juror, must decide whether the person charged is guilty or not guilty. The accused person is presumed innocent, and the State, represented by the District or County Attorney, must prove guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt."
Civil CasesA civil case results from a disagreement or dispute between two or more parties. In a civil case, you, as a juror, must answer questions of disputed facts based upon the testimony and evidence admitted by the judge. The answers to these questions are called the verdict.
Please note that our office cannot collect on the following types of checks:
POST-DATED CHECKS:If you willingly accepted a post-dated check in exchange for merchandise or a service, you extended credit to the check writer.THIRD-PARTY CHECKS:Those kinds of checks often prove to be impossible for us to establish which of the other parties involved possessed the intent to commit the theft.CHECKS FOR DEBTS OWED:In most cases checks given to pay pre-existing debts do not meet the requirements for a theft charge.
HIGH RISK CHECKS• TEMPORARY CHECKS: Check that are not personalized are often a risk. They do not have the account owner's name printed on each check. How can you know that the person giving you the check owns the account on which the check is drawn?• LOW NUMBERED CHECKS: 9 out of 10 bad checks bear numbers smaller than 300.• NON-LOCAL CHECK WRITERS: Non-local check writers are much harder for us to identify and prosecute. Out-of-state bank records are almost impossible for us to get.• NON-RESIDENCE ADDRESS ON THE CHECK: A post office box printed on a check as an address rather than a residence has been shown to be a risk factor.• ILLEGIBLE SIGNATURE ON CHECK: A sloppy signature may be an attempt to prevent easy comparison with the signature on the ID.• MULTIPLE CHECKS FROM THE SAME ACCOUNT OR BY THE SAME CHECK WRITER IN THE SAME DAY: The check writer may be stealing as much as possible from you before you find out that the checks will not be honored.• TWO-PARTY CHECKS: It is usually impossible for us to establish which of the parties had intent to deceive.• PRE-SIGNED CHECKS: You cannot swear the signer signed the check and nobody can prove the signer knew the amount for which the check would be written.You are safer if you avoid the checks listed above altogether.
Computer usage is allowed for patrons who are able to present a library card, and their account is in good standing. (No late fees over $5.00, or long overdue items)Non-resident patrons are allowed guest passes but must show I.D. to gain access.
Yes, you may log in to your account for renewals on the library’s catalog. Once you’re on our catalog, you will see a “Log In to Your Account” section on the top right corner. Your username is your entire library card number, and your password is the last four numbers of your library card, or if you have not set one up, it is your phone number that we have on record. Once you are in your account, under the "Items Out/Renewals" tab, you may renew any materials you have as long as they are not on request for another patron. If you have any questions, or concerns, please give us a call.
You must first log in to your account with the library. Instructions to do that are in the tab above. Once you have logged in, search for your item and make sure that the item is not available. An available item will display as green in the catalog while unavailable items will be displayed as red. Once that is complete, click the “Place Hold” button and then the “Submit Hold” button. Your item should be reserved now. If you have any issues, please give us a call.
Yes. You have two options if we do not have a desired book: you may either fill out a request slip at the Circulation Desk, or you may fill out a form, in person, for an Inter Library Loan (ILL). ILL’s do carry a postage fee of $3.50 and usually take 1-3 weeks to arrive. A library card is required to complete either request. Please call the library if you have any questions.
Adults may check out up to 12 library materials including 5 DVD’s.Young Adults (6th – 12th grade) may check out up to 8 library materials including 5 DVD’s.Children (3yrs – 5th grade) may check out up to 5 library materials including 5 DVD’s. DVD's do count towards the allotted amount of items a patron is allowed.
While the library staff is not trained professionally in technical support, the staff does have a general knowledge of computers, and printing. The staff does help as they are available, but due to time constraints, the staff member may have to cut their assistance short due to the responsibilities to their area.
Yes. To either receive or send a fax in the library, it is $1.00 per page. The library does stop charging once the price has reached $10.00, but patrons are welcome to send more than 10 pages.
At the library, we prefer that you bring a valid Texas license, or State I.D. that contains your local address. If you are unable to bring either one, you may use a U.S. passport, or a Resident Alien card along with proof of address. (Water bill, light bill, rent receipt) Library cards are free for first time applicant's while a replacement card is $1.00.
Patrons are allowed to check out normal print materials, and audiobooks for 3 weeks. DVD’s are checked out for 1 week. Renewals are allowed as long as no other patron is waiting for the item.
It is $.10 per page to print in black & white, and $.50 per page for color.
Mon. – Thu.: 10am – 7pm
Fri.: 10am – 6pm
Sat. – Sun.: 1pm – 5pm
The library does adhere to all state and federal holidays.
The person who is the alleged victim of family violence, sexual assault, human trafficking or stalking is considered to be the "applicant."