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  • Effective as of May 1, 2020

    Attention: Defendants and Attorneys representing Defendants

    San Patricio County Court at Laws revised operating procedures:

    Arraignment/Bond Returnable Court Dates

    to be conducted in-person

    Due to the improving conditions regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Arraignment/Bond Returnable Docket will be conducted in-person at the San Patricio County Civic Center.  If an Attorney or Defendant is sick or has been exposed to Covid-19 your appearance may be made by video conference.  Information on how to access the Lifesize Video Conference system can be found here.

    Attorney information:

    Attorneys representing Defendants should e-file a Notice of Appearance of Counsel and provide a courtesy copy to the Court.  If you and your client wish to be excused from making an appearance, then you also need to e-file a Waiver of Arraignment 72 hours prior to the Arraignment Court Date. If you file the proper documents timely, then the Defendant and Attorney are excused from making an appearance and a copy of the Pre-Trial court date will be mailed to you at the address provided in your Notice of Appearance of Counsel. ** If you are a court-appointed attorney who received the appointment prior to the arraignment date, then you do not need to make an appearance and a copy of the Defendant's Pre-Trial court date will be mailed to you.

    Prose Defendants

    Defendants that are not yet represented by an attorney will make their appearance for their arraignment court date via Lifesize Video Conference.  Information on how to access the Lifesize Video Conference system can be found here.  On the day of your Arraignment, you will need to make a decision about how you want to proceed with your case.  The information provided below is what you need to know about your case.

    • The San Patricio County Attorney has officially charged you with a criminal offense.  Cases filed in the County Court at Law are Class A or Class B misdemeanor criminal offenses.
    • Class A misdemeanors are punishable by a fine of up to $4,000.00 and/or up to 1 year in the County Jail.
    • Class B misdemeanors are punishable by a fine of up to $2,000.00 and/or up to 180 days in the County Jail.
    • All criminal defendants are presumed innocent until proven otherwise.  It is the County Attorney’s responsibility to prove the allegations of the charge/charges that you have been charged with.
    • You have an absolute right to a Trial and a Jury Trial.
    • You have an absolute right to be represented by an attorney. If you cannot financially afford an attorney and you want an attorney to represent you in this case, you may request a court-appointed attorney.  To apply for a court-appointed attorney, please contact the San Patricio County Pre-Trial Services Office @ 361-364-4243, Ext. 251 or 253; email Pre-Trial Services at: sanpatpretrial@gmail.com
    • If you want to represent yourself and speak directly with the County Attorney’s office, you will be required to sign a Waiver of Attorney.  To obtain a Waiver of Attorney and discuss your case with a prosecutor, please contact the County Attorney’s Office at 361-364-9338.  Please be prepared to provide a call-back number and an email address. Please understand you can withdraw the Waiver of Attorney at any time for any reason.  You are under no obligation to reach any type of agreement.

    Speak to the County attorney’s Office:                              Court-Appointed Attorney Request:

    PLEASE CONTACT:                                                                   PLEASE CONTACT:

    San Patricio County Attorney’s Office:                         San Patricio County Pre-Trial Services

    400 W. Sinton St.                           400 W. Market St.

    Sinton, Texas 78387 Sinton, Texas 78387

    Phone:    361-364-9338                                                   Phone No. 361-364-4243 EXT 251 OR 253

    Email:      jgardner@sanpatriciocountytx.gov              Email:  sanpatpretrial@gmail.com