Judge Hohengarten presides over Travis County Court at Law #5, one of nine county courts at law with county-wide jurisdiction. This court hears class A and B misdemeanor criminal cases. Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine not to exceed $2000. Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine not to exceed $4000. The most common case in Judge Hohengarten’s court is class B Driving While Intoxicated. Other misdemeanors include theft, driving with a suspended license enhanced, assault, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, possession of controlled substances, possession of marijuana, prostitution, harassment, burglary of a vehicle, and public intoxication enhanced.
For the last 8 years, Judge Hohengarten has managed the mental health reduction docket along with Judge Carlos Barrera. Both judges take turns managing this docket as it is in addition to their regular caseloads. Currently, Judge Hohengarten manages cases where defendants have been found incompetent to stand trial as well as a Mental Health Diversion Docket. Since Judge Hohengarten has elected to focus on the incompetent docket two years ago, the number of defendants being held has reduced by 30-40%. The Mental Health Diversion Docket provides an opportunity for defendants to have their criminal cases dismissed by following an agreement to manage their mental illness, report to pre-trial services and the court, and commitment no new criminal offenses.