Barrow County Criminal Court

Barrow County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Barrow County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Barrow County.

Barrow County Arraignments

An arraignment is a court hearing. In Barrow County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Barrow County Criminal Court and the judge will read the charges that were filed against the defendant. The judge will also read the rights the defendant has and ask the defendant if they understand both the charges filed against them and their rights as a defendant in the case. In Barrow County a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest may be entered. In a guilty or no contest plea the sentencing of the defendant may take place at the same arraignment hearing or a later date may be scheduled for sentencing. For a not guilty plea, a date will be set for a trial.

Jury by Trial Right

The US Constitution (Article 3 along with the 6th Amendment) ensures an accused defendant the right to a jury trial. This applies to crimes that have a $500 fine or a potential sentence of six months in jail (aka Serious Crimes). This right to trial by jury can also be waived by a defendant.

Barrow County Criminal Court

Barrow County Criminal Court

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Barrow 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.

Barrow County Required Court Appearances

In Barrow 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.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Barrow 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.

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.

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.

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.

Who is the prosecutor for Barrow County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Barrow County criminal cases will either be a representative of Barrow County or a representative from Georgia. 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.

Where will Barrow County criminal case hearings take place?

Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Barrow County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Barrow 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.

Where can I get help for my Barrow 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 Barrow 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.

Barrow County Criminal Court Locations

  • Barrow County Superior Court

    Address: 652 Barrow Park Drive, Suite B, Winder GA 30680
    Phone: 770-307-3035 Fax: 770-867-4800

  • Barrow County Magistrate Court

    Address: 652 Barrow Park Drive, Suite F, Winder GA 30680
    Phone: 770-307-3050 Fax: 770-868-1440

  • Barrow County Juvenile Court

    Address: 652 Barrow Park Drive, Suite B, Winder GA 30680
    Phone: 770-307-3035 Fax: 770-867-4800

  • Municipal Court of Auburn

    Address: 1361 4th Avenue, PO Box 1059, Auburn GA 30011
    Phone: 770-936-4002 Ext. 209 Fax: 770-682-4428

  • Municipal Court of Statham

    Address: 336 Jefferson Street, PO Box 28, Statham GA 30666
    Phone: 770-725-5455

  • Municipal Court of Winder

    Address: 25 East Midland Avenue, Winder, GA 30680
    Phone: 770-867-3106 Ext. 5 Fax: 770-307-0424

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