Saline County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Saline County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Saline County.
Required Court Appearances in Saline County
Any required court appearances in Saline County Criminal Court must be attended by the defendant. Failure to appear in court at your required date and time may result in the judge issuing an arrest warrant.
If guilty, who sentences the defendant?
If the defendant is found guilty after the trial, the defendent will be sentenced. In some cases, this can occur at the same hearing the defendant is found guilty in court, in other cases a separate hearing will be required. Often the prosecution will request a particular sentence for the defendant and the judge will determine whether to enforce this sentence or impose a different sentence for the defendant.
Saline County Prosecutor
For criminal cases in Saline County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Saline County. The Saline County prosecutor reviews all evidence and ultimately decides whether to file or dismiss charges in the case. Most of the time, the prosecutor has leeway in plea negotiations and determines how the case will be prosecuted.
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 Saline County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.
Where will Saline County criminal case hearings take place?
Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Saline County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Saline County.
What is the Burden of Proof?
The term “Burden of Proof” means that the prosecutor is required to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor cannot provide proof of the defendants guilt, then the judge or jury in a trial must find the defendant not guilty. In the United States the principle innocent until proven guilty derives from this that the defendant is assumed innocent and the prosecution has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.
What happens in Saline County at an arraignment?
In Saline County the defendant is brought into court and informed by the judge of the charges that have been filed against them along with informing them of their rights. At this time, the defendant can plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. If the defendant pleads guilty or no contest, there will be no trial and the defendant may be sentenced immediately or at a later date. If the defendant pleads not guilty a trial date is set.
Can I request a Plea Agreement?
In Saline 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.
The Right to Trial by Jury
The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by a jury. This is applicable for when the crime can carry a sentence of 6 months in jail OR a $500 fine, these are known as “Serious Crimes”. The defendant can also waive their right to a speedy and public trial.
Appealing a Criminal Conviciton
A defendant may appeal a criminal conviction to an appellate court. In an appeal, the actual trial is not redone, but the appellate court hears arguments that the criminal case was not handled in a legal manner at the original criminal court. The appellate court can either uphold the conviction, or determine that errors were made and may request a retrial, a resentencing of the defendant or that the charges be dismissed.
Jury Deliberations in Saline County
In Saline County, jury deliberations will take place in a jury trial after the prosecution and defense have presented their cases and rested. At this point, the judge will provide a list of instructions to the jury about what they are allowed and not allowed to do and what verdict options are available for them to decide. The jury will be sent to a private room to discuss the evidence presented in the case and attempt to reach a unaminous decision. When a unaminous decision is reached, the jury will inform the judge that they have reached a verdict and will return to the courtroom for the verdict to be read allowed. In the event that the jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict, the jury results in a deadlock and a mistrial is declared.
Who can help me in Saline County?
For general information about your case the Saline County court clerk will be able to provide legal information about your specific criminal case. Legal information is not legal advice though, the court clerk will only be able to provide information about your case, like date/time of hearings what will occur at the hearing and what you may be required to do in the hearing. They cannot provide advice about what you should do or what the best legal options may be for your particular case. Only an attorney can provide legal advice and this is your best place for information about your specific criminal proceeding. If you cannot afford to hire a private attorney to represent you, a judge will appoint an attorney to represent you, this is most often a public defender.
Saline County Criminal Court Locations
Saline County Circuit Court
Address: 200 N Main, #113, Benton AR 72015
Saline County District Court – Alexander
Address: PO Box 610, Alexander AR 72002
Phone: 501-455-2585 Fax: 501-455-5531
Saline County District Court – Bauxite
Address: 6055 Stanley Circle, Bauxite AR 72011
Phone: 501-557-5314 Phone: 501-557-5291
Saline County District Court – Benton
Address: 1605 Edison Ave, Benton AR 72015
Phone: 501-303-5670 Fax: 501-303-5696
Saline County District Court – Bryant
Address: 208 SW 3rd St, Bryant AR 72022
Phone: 501-943-0440 Fax: 501-943-0853
Saline County District Court – Haskell
Address: 2520 Hwy 229, Haskell AR 72015
Phone: 501-776-2666 Fax: 501-776-1201
Saline County District Court – Shannon Hills
Address: 10401 High Rd E, Shannon Hills AR 72103
Phone: 501-455-4391 Fax: 501-455-3103