Archives: FAQs

How far in advance can I reserve a campsite?

Beginning March 1, 2023, campsites can be reserved in advance by booking online (not available for McGregor Dam) for any future date in 2023. Campers can reserve a site for maximum of 14 days (13 nights) with a maximum of four sites per reservation, per person.

How can I cancel or modify my campsite reservation?

If you made a campsite reservation online at a Williams County park, you can cancel or modify your reservation by visiting the webpage for the park where you have a reserved site or clicking the link provided in your reservation confirmation email. Effective June 1, 2023, reservations may be cancelled for a full refund up … Continued

Why does my property tax statement look different?

You may notice that your tax statement looks slightly different than it has in recent years. In September 2020, Williams County transitioned to a new tax software and online property search/payment platform. In 2021, updates to the software enabled us to update the names of tax districts in the “Taxes by District” section to allow … Continued

Bond Hearing

This is the first time the defendant appears in front of the Judge. The Judge will set a bail amount and full conditions of bond, typically including a no contact with a victim.

Preliminary Hearing

This hearing occurs in felony cases only. Testimony is heard by the Judge. The prosecuting attorney must establish probable cause that a crime has been committed by the defendant.

Initial Appearance

This hearing occurs in misdemeanor cases only. At this hearing, the defendant will plead guilty or not guilty. If the defendant pleads not guilty, the court will schedule a Pretrial Conference. If a guilty plea is entered, the Judge will immediately sentence the defendant .

Change of Plea/Sentencing Hearing

In felony cases, this hearing is scheduled when the defendant decides to change his/her plea to guilty. At this hearing, a victim has the right to submit a Victim Impact Statement. These statements are important for the Judge to recognize all of the ways the crime has affected the victim.


Victims and witnesses may be required to testify at a trial. A trial may either be a Jury Trial or a Bench Trial, which is heard by a judge, not a jury.

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