Criminal Post Trial Information
Community Supervision and Corrections
system (commonly referred to as probation) is a process
designed to keep offenders out of the formal prison
system. Offenders are supervised in the community where
they continue to work, pay taxes and support their
family. Community Supervision and Corrections is a
division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
County District Clerk files all Criminal Appeals with
First Court of Appeals or the
Fourteenth Court of Appeals. The Appeals section
is located on the 5th floor, Room 500, of the
Brazoria County Courthouse in Angleton, Texas.
Personnel in this section will assist customers with
questions concerning cases on appeal. The contact
number is (979) 864-1309. Customers may also file
appeal documents or request copies from appeal cases in
records are kept in the Records Division of the District
Clerkís office. Attorneys of record may check out and
check in the appellate records.
The document filed is called the petition
or application for Writ of Habeas Corpus. It is for
criminal conviction relief in cases where the conviction
is final, the appeal has been affirmed and the applicant
is asking the Court of Criminal Appeals to review the
conviction and grant relief for any defects. When the
application is filed with our office, the clerk sends
notification to all interested parties. After the state
and defense briefs are filed, the clerk then prepares
the clerk's record, which consists of documents
identified by the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedures
and any other court-ordered documents. These documents
are copied, numbered, indexed, and bound. The original
is then forwarded to the Court of Appeals in Austin and
the copy(s) is kept in the section for interested
parties to check in and out. The clerk processes all
motions and orders until the case is mandated, at which
time the case is sent to the Records Division.
The application for a
post conviction writ of habeas corpus must be filed on
the proper form, which the applicant may obtain online
Court of Criminal Appeals.
Occupational Driverís License
occupational driverís license (ODL) is a
restricted license that lets you drive at certain times,
on specific days, under certain conditions. (See
Texas Transportation Code, Chapter 521 and 601.)
You can find forms for filing at
Texas Law Help/Documents/ODL.
Section 411.081(d), Government Code, a court can
prohibit criminal justice agencies from disclosing to
the public criminal history record information related
to certain offenses for which the offender was placed on
deferred adjudication. There are many offenses,
however, for which this procedure is unavailable.
Moreover, a defendant may be disqualified if he commits
an offense after the deferred adjudication has been
completed and before filing the petition.
information about nondisclosures please visit
Texas Law Help/Nondisclosure.
the petition of a criminal defendant, a court can direct
certain law enforcement agencies to destroy all records
associated with an arrest and subsequent prosecution.
Many times the court will specifically direct law
enforcement agencies to destroy jail records, police
reports, prosecution reports and court files. In
addition, a successful expungement petitioner, can
legally deny ever having been arrested for or charged
with the criminal offense for which he is receiving the
expunction. Background checks by employers come back
more information about expunctions please visit
Texas Law Help/Expunction.