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NCJ Number: 126120 Find in a Library
Title: Preparing Yourself for Court
Author(s): R L Goranson; C W Tessmer; D L Linker
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 37
Sponsoring Agency: Offender Preparation and Education Network, Inc. (OPEN, Inc)
Dallas, TX 75356
Sale Source: Offender Preparation and Education Network, Inc. (OPEN, Inc)
P.O. Box 566025
Dallas, TX 75356
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book helps persons accused of a crime and their loved ones deal with preparing for court in Texas.
Abstract: The book begins as an arrestee is facing indictment by the grand jury in a felony case (or after a complaint and information is filed in a misdemeanor case). In finding a lawyer, it is best to consider experience, reputation, board certification, and cost. Plea bargains should be left to the defense attorney and the prosecutor, not the law enforcement officer. If the arrest is a felony charge, the grand jury will determine if there is enough evidence for a jury to decide guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Most counties in Texas allow the defendant to testify and present evidence during a grand jury hearing. However, the only reason to testify before a grand jury is if there is a good chance of convincing them that there is not probable cause to determine guilt. The courtroom cast of characters are the judge, prosecutor, court reporter, bailiff, clerk, court coordinator, jury, defendant, and defense counsel. Trial procedure includes jury selection, opening statements, prosecution testimony, and defense testimony. If found guilty, sentencing alternatives include punishment, incapacitation, deterrence, and rehabilitation.
Main Term(s): Courtroom decorum; State criminal justice systems
Index Term(s): Court structure; Public information; Systems analysis; Texas
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