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“Will my case go to trial?”

In most every new client meeting, I am asked “Do you think my case will actually go to trial?”  I always tell people the same thing:  I have no way of knowing whether or not your case will go to trial, but there are factors which will increase the likelihood.”  I go on to explain my experiences with the particular judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials involved in the client’s case.

I recently came across a report by the Texas Judiciary Committee that sheds more statistical light on criminal trials in Texas in general.  The report is published by the Office of Court Administration.

The blog Grits for Breakfast goes inside the numbers and uncovers some interesting facts about criminal trials in Texas.  The blog notes,

“In district courts, ‘Less than 2 percent of all cases (excluding transfers and motions to revoke probation) went to trial in 2009. Trial rates were significantly higher, however, in capital murder and murder cases, which went to trial in 24.3 percent and 20.2 percent of cases, respectively.’ In county courts, which handle misdemeanors, only one percent of cases went to trial.”

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