Bryan County Criminal Court

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

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.

Burden of Proof

The burden of proof is always on the prosecution in a criminal trial. In other words, the prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime. The defense must only prove that there is a reasonable possibility that the defendant did NOT commit the crime. If the prosecution cannot prove that the defendant committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, the jury will be instructed to find the defendant not-guilty.

Bryan County Criminal Court

Bryan County Criminal Court

Who is the prosecutor for Bryan County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Bryan County criminal cases will either be a representative of Bryan 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.

Sentencing in Bryan County

In Bryan County if the defendant is found guilty (by trial or plea), the defendant will be sentenced. This sometimes occurrs immediately after being found guilty, but can also take place at a later date. In most instances, a judge will impose the sentence that is requested by the prosecution, but they also have the descretion to impose a different sentence.

Mandatory Appearances in Bryan County Criminal Court

At a mandatory or required court appearance in Bryan 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.

What happens in Bryan County at an arraignment?

In Bryan 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.

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Bryan 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.

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.

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.

I need help for my Bryan 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 Bryan 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 Bryan 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.

The Right to Counsel

The Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the U.s. Constitution give defendants in criminal cases the right to counsel/attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to represent you. Like other rights a defendant has, this one can be waived as well and alternatively you can choose to represent yourself.

Where will Bryan County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Bryan County Criminal Court Locations

  • Bryan County Superior Court

    Address: 151 South College Street, PO Drawer 670, Pembroke GA 31321
    Phone: 912-653-3872 Fax: 912-653-3870

  • State Court of Bryan County

    Address: 151 South College Street, PO Drawer 670, Pembroke GA 31321
    Phone: 912-653-3872 Fax: 912-653-3870

  • Bryan County Magistrate Court

    Address: 151 South College Street, PO Drawer 670, Pembroke GA 31321
    Phone: 912-653-3872 Fax: 912-653-3870

  • Bryan County Juvenile Court

    Address: 151 South College Street, PO Drawer 670, Pembroke GA 31321
    Phone: 912-653-3872 Fax: 912-653-3870

  • Municipal Court of Pembroke

    Address: 154 West Railroad Street, PO Box 790, Pembroke GA 31321
    Phone: 912-653-4414 Fax: 912-653-4410

  • Municipal Court of Richmond Hill

    Address: PO Box 250, Richmond Hill GA 31324
    Phone: 912-756-3712

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