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Smith County, TX is located in the northeastern part of the state 58 miles from the Louisiana border. The area was occupied by Native Americans until Mexico awarded land grants in the 1800's and was opened to permanent settlers in 1839, following removal of the Cherokee Indians. Smith County was officially formed in 1846 and was named for General James Smith, a Texas Revolutionary hero. Today Smith county is home to 198,000 residents who enjoy such attractions as the Tyler State Park, the Caldwell Children's Zoo, and the Texas Rose Festival.
Multiple top-notch Smith County lawyers have made the area their home. Lawyers in Smith County can assist you with a number of legal matters involving business, immigration, family, medical malpractice, real estate, or any other matter that you may face.
Lawyers in Smith County recently represented a Smith County man who alleged the county had violated his civil rights. According to the lawsuit, the man alleged that his court appointed attorney failed to present evidence at trial to support his innocence or refute damages claimed by the victim. The man also claimed that his attorney stopped communicating with him, and as a result he was wrongfully imprisoned. The man argued that Smith County had placed him in jail for a crime he did not commit. The decision of the trial court stated that the attorney, even if court appointed, was not a state actor, and therefore the county could not be liable for his actions.
The court system in Texas is composed of limited jurisdiction courts (including justice courts, municipal courts, and county-level courts), district courts, courts of appeal, a court of criminal appeals, and a supreme court. Smith County lawyers may argue a case in the Smith County Court at Law, Smith County Civil and Criminal Courts, or any other court as your case may require. A local Smith County lawyer can help you navigate this complex court system and its procedural rules.
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