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Many prosecutors will consider “plea agreements,” although it’s not legally required. If you don’t reach a plea agreement with the prosecutor, your proceedings will move toward the trial stage. In Texas, you have the right to a jury trial in all criminal proceedings, regardless of punishment. This right may be waived by:

Pleading guilty; or Choosing a bench trial (a trial in front of a judge only)
If you request a bench trial, the judge will perform the fact-finding function that is usually performed by the jury.

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