72 Hour Hearing Docket For Houston County District CourtRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Oct 25 2012 9:01 AM
HOUSTON COUNTY: Houston County District Court Judge Benjamin Lewis holds a 72 hour hearing Monday through Friday at 8:30 AM. The hearings are held via a TV monitor from the jail to the courtroom which Judge Lewis is honored to represent the people of Houston County in.
NOTE: Never - ever is a courtroom a particular Judge’s Courtroom. It is the courtroom that the PEOPLE allow the Judge to use to represent us!
When a person is arrested, they are brought before a Judge within 72 hours of the arrest. At the hearing the Judge informs the person of the criminal offense against them, the range of punishment, do they have an attorney, can they afford an attorney, if not, do they qualify for a court appointed attorney.
District Couurt Judge Benjamin Lewis: For the record, Houston County District Court Judge Benjamin Lewis is doing a wonderful job. He treats people with dignity and respect, he "listens" to what is presented and makes a reasonable and intelligent decision based on the facts and circumstances of the case. Judge Lewis will hold "both" sides to a burden of responsibility in a case, not showing favor to either side. That is all you can ask a Judge to do. Be fair and reasonable based on the facts.
In watching Judge Lewis and being in his courtroom, Houston County is being served well.
Expalnations of charges on docket:
FUG FROM JUST FORT BEND CO TX - means a fugitive from justice from Fort Bend County Texas. Person apparently has outstanding warrants of arrest from that location.
SEX ASSAULT 1, ATT RAPE 1: Person is charged with Sexual Assault in the first degree and Rape in the first degree. Bonds are set at a total of $ 7,500.00: Sexuall Assault 1st is at $ 2,500.00 and Rape 1st degree set at $ 5,000.00 bond.
FTA NWNI - failure to appear for NWNI ( Negotiating Worthless Negotiable Instrument ). Subject has a cash only bond in the amount of $ 666.34 from a 2011 case. This means he is in "debtor’s prison" for not paying is court ordered money.
POM 1 - Possession of Marijuana in the first degree.
FTA POSS/REC CONT SUBS - failure to appear on the charge of Possession/Receiving of a Controlled Substance. This is a 1998 case where the defendant owes $ 617.55. He is in "debtors prison" for not paying court ordered money.