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Harris County Criminal Justice System

Anyone charged with a criminal offense in Harris County, Texas is likely to be overwhelmed with the number of courts in the Harris County Criminal Justice Center.

The Harris County Criminal Justice Center is located at 1201 Franklin Street in downtown Houston.

There are fifteen county criminal courts at law. The courts are found on floors 8, 9, 10, and 11. The county criminal courts hear all class B misdemeanors and class A misdemeanors. Class B misdemeanors are offenses that are punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $2,000. The range of punishment for a Class A misdemeanor is up to 1 year in the Harris County Jail.

The District Courts are located on floors 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19. The District Courts hear all felony cases from first degree murder down to state jail felony drug cases.