Barbour County Criminal Court

Barbour County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Barbour County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Barbour County.

Barbour County Criminal Court hearings

Criminal hearings in Barbour County will take place at the Barbour County Criminal Courts. Please see here for a list of the Barbour County Criminal Court Locations.

Who is the prosecutor for Barbour County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Barbour County criminal cases will either be a representative of Barbour County or a representative from Alabama. After reviewing evidence it is the prosecutor’s decision whether to file charges or drop a case. Most prosecutors have the ability to negotiate plea bargains, and determine how the case will be prosecuted.

Barbour County Criminal Court

Barbour County Criminal Court

Right to Jury Trial

For “Serious Crimes”, those that can have a potential penalty of 6 months in jail OR a minimum $500 penalty, the US Constitution guarantees a right to trial by jury. This is guaranteed by Article III of the Constitution and the 6th Amendment. The accused has the ability to waive their right to trial by jury.

Burden of Proof Requirement

In a criminal case in the United States, the burden of proof always requires the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. This is a high threshold that must be met by the prosecution when presenting evidence in a case. If the prosecution fails in it’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt the judge must find the defendant not guilty. In a jury trial, the judge will inform the jury what this burden is and their obligation to find the defendant not guilty if they feel the prosecution did prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Arraignments in Barbour County

During an arraignment in Barbour County, a defendant appears before the court and the judge reads the charges that have been filed against the accused and also informs the defendant of his/her rights. During the arraignment in Barbour County, the defendant can choose to plead one of the following 1) Guilty 2) Not Guilty or 3) No Contest. If the defendant enters a plea of Not Guilty, a date for trial is set. In the event of a Guilty or No Contest Plea in Barbour County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.

Barbour County Required Court Appearances

In Barbour County, there are both required and non-required court appearances for the defendant. At a required or mandatory appearance hearing, the defendant is required to appear in person before the court. Failing to appear at your required hearing may result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest by the judge.

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Barbour County, after both the prosecution and defense have rested, the judge will give instructions to the jury and jury deliberations will begin. The jury will convence in a private room to discuss and deliberate the innocence or guilt of the defendant. Once the jury arrives at a unimanous decision, they will inform the judge that they have reached a decision. They will return to the court and the verdict will be read aloud. If the jury cannot reach a unaminous decision, the jury is said to be deadlocked and a mistrial will be declared in the case.

I need help for my Barbour County criminal case

The best place to get information about your criminal case is from an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint one to represent you which will assist in your case. For general information about your case the Barbour County court clerk is able to provide general information about your specific case (e.g. date/time hearings, mandatory appearance, what will take place and what you will be required to do). The court clerk for Barbour County will NOT be able to provide legal advice for your case, only an attorney can provide legal advice. The court clerk can provide legal information (like the information found on this website) about your case but cannot provide advice about what you should do in your legal manner.

Appealing a guilty verdict

A defendant may appeal a guilty verdict to an appellate court. This is not a request to have another trial, but a request for an appellate court to review the case and determine that it was handled in a correct legal manner. There are a number of outcomes in an appeal including an upholding of the conviction, a finding that errors were made resulting in a retrial or resentencing or possibly a complete disimissal of all charges.

Defendant Sentencing

At a sentence hearing the judge will inform the defendant of the sentence that will be imposed. This sometimes occurs at the same hearing in which the defendant is found guilty (either by trial or plea agreement). In can also occur at a later date, most often this is due to the complexity of the case where more time is needed to determine the appropriate sentence.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Barbour County you may be able to enter into a plea agreement depending upon the severity of the charges. It is also dependant upon the prosecution willing to accept a plea agreement. You can ask your attorney to attempt to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution to avoid having a jury trial along with the potential for a more serious sentence. Approximately 9 out of 10 criminal cases usually end in a plea agreement.

Right to an attorney

The US Constitution’s Sixth Amendment ensures the right to an attorney regardless of whether or not you can afford one. In Barbour County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.

Barbour County Criminal Court Locations

  • Barbour County Circuit Court

    Address: 303 E Broad St, Eufaula AL 36027
    Phone: 334-687-1500

  • Barbour County Circuit Court

    Address: 1 Court Square, PO Box 219, Clayton AL 36106
    Phone: 334-775-8366

  • Barbour County District Court

    Address: 1 Court Square, PO Box 219, Clayton AL 36016
    Phone: 334-775-8366

  • Barbour County District Court

    Address: 303 E Broad St, Eufaula AL 36027
    Phone: 334-687-1516

  • Clio Municipal Court

    Address: 3311 Elamville St, PO Box 219, Clio AL 36017
    Phone: 334-397-2723

  • Eufaula Municipal Court

    Address: 545 E Barbour St, Eufaula AL 36027
    Phone: 334-687-1235 Fax: 334-687-1257

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