The clerk's duties in criminal cases include the filing of cases as presented by the County Attorney, issuing processes as directed by the state or the defendant, maintaining the court's files, collecting costs and fines, arranging for commitments and appeals, and reporting dispositions to the State of Texas.
Some of the most typical misdemeanor cases are:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving while under the influence of drugs
- Driving while license suspended
- Theft over $20 and under $500
- Theft by check over $20 and under $500
- Possession of dangerous drugs (other than narcotics)
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Fleeing a peace officer by operator of motor vehicle
- Carrying a prohibited weapon
- Destruction of private property
- Criminal negligent homicide
Court costs and fines assessed on misdemeanor cases are paid through the County Clerk Collections Department. Probation fees, restitution and other assessed fees are paid through the Johnson/Somervell County Community Supervision Department.
Traffic violations received by appeal from a lower court (Justice of the Peace or Municipal Court) are heard by the County Courts at Law. These cases are forwarded to the County Clerk by the clerk of the lower court upon the perfecting of an appeal with their office. Anyone wishing to appeal a traffic conviction to the county level must complete the required paperwork and provide an appeal bond to the lower court.
Court costs and fines assessed on traffic appeal cases are paid through the County Clerk Collections Department.
For information concerning the status or disposition of specific traffic appeal cases, please call (817)556-6323 Ext. 1328. Record requests and/or copies can be obtained by calling (817) 556-6323, Ext. 1316