White County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in White County. See below for more information about criminal cases in White County.
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.
White County Prosecutor
For criminal cases in White County, the prosecutor will be a representative of White County. The White 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.
Where will White County criminal case hearings take place?
Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of White County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in White County.
What if I can’t afford an attorney?
The 6th Amendment guarantees you the right to an attorney whether or not you can afford one. If you cannot afford one, a public defender will be appointed by the court to represent you.
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.
In a jury trial in White 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.
Where can I get help for my White County criminal case?
The 6th amendment of the United States Constitution provides a criminal defendant with the right to an attorney. As read in the miranda rights, this means that if a defendant cannot afford to hire a private attorney a legal attorney will be appointed to the defendant to represent him at no cost to the defendant. This is often a public defender. In addition, the court clerk for White County will also be able to provide general information about a specific criminal case. The clerk can only provide information and is not an attorney so they cannot provide legal advice, only a licensed attorney can provide legal advice about what the best options for are for your particular case.
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.
Mandatory Appearances in White County Criminal Court
At a mandatory or required court appearance in White County, the defendant must appear before the court. In the event of a “Failure to Appear” the judge may issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant. Note: not all criminal hearings are mandatory, in a non-mandatory hearing an attorney may appear on your behalf without you being in court.
Can I request a Plea Agreement?
In White 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.
What happens in White County at an arraignment?
In White 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.
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.
White County Criminal Court Locations
White County Circuit Court
Address: 301 W Arch, Searcy AR 72143
White County District Court – Bald Knob
Address: PO Box 1119, Bald Knob AR 72010
Phone: 501-724-5701 Fax: 501-724-2909
White County District Court – Beebe
Address: 201 W Illinois, Beebe AR 72012
Phone: 501-882-8110 Fax: 501-882-8113
White County District Court – Bradford
Address: 308 W Walnut St, Bradford AR 72020
Phone: 501-344-2252 Fax: 501-344-2787
White County District Court – Judsonia
Address: PO Box 306, Judsonia AR 72081
Phone: 501-729-5222 Fax: 501-729-4431
White County District Court – Kensett
Address: 101 NE 1st St, Kensett AR 72082
Phone: 501-742-3191 Fax: 501-742-3297
White County District Court – McRae
Address: PO Box 189, McRae AR 72012
Phone: 501-726-3621 Fax: 501-726-3013
White County District Court – Pangburn
Address: PO Box 577, Pangburn AR 72121
Phone: 501-728-4611 Fax: 501-728-4250
White County District Court – Rose Bud
Address: PO Box 219, Rose Bud AR 72137
Phone: 501-556-4967 Fax: 501-556-4209
White County District Court – Searcy
Address: 1600 E Booth Rd, #600, Searcy AR 72145
Phone: 501-268-7622 Fax: 501-305-4638