Brantley County Criminal Court

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

Brantley County Prosecutor

For criminal cases in Brantley County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Brantley County. The Brantley 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.

I need help for my Brantley 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 Brantley 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 Brantley 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.

Brantley County Criminal Court

Brantley County Criminal Court

Jury Deliberations in Brantley County

In Brantley 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.

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.

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 Brantley County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.

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.

Brantley County Required Court Appearances

In Brantley 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.

What is a Plea Agreement?

A plea agreement is a deal made between the prosecution and the defendant in a case, where the defendant agrees to plea guilty to a particular charge in exchange for some concession from the prosecutor. In practice, more than 90% of criminal cases end with a plea agreement.

Brantley County Criminal Court locations

Criminal proceedings take place in the Brantley County Criminal Courts. A list of the criminal courts are located here.

Brantley County Arraignments

An arraignment is a court hearing. In Brantley County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Brantley 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 Brantley 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.

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.

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.

Brantley County Criminal Court Locations

  • Brantley County Superior Court

    Address: 234 Brantley Street, Suite 200, PO Box 1067, Nahunta GA 31553
    Phone: 912-462-5635 Fax: 912-462-6247

  • Brantley County Magistrate Court

    Address: PO Box 1150, Nahunta GA 31553
    Phone: 912-462-6780 Fax: 912-462-6897

  • Brantley County Juvenile Court

    Address: 234 Brantley Street, Suite 200, PO Box 1067, Nahunta GA 31553
    Phone: 912-462-5635 Fax: 912-462-6247

  • Municipal Court of Hoboken

    Address: PO Box 345 Hoboken, GA 31542
    Phone: 912-458-2171 Fax: 912-458-3552

  • Municipal Court of Nahunta

    Address: 111 North Main Street, PO Box 156, Nahunta GA 31553
    Phone: (912) 462-5631 Fax:(912) 462-7189

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