Bulloch County Criminal Court

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

Bulloch County Arraignments

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

Who is the prosecutor for Bulloch County?

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

Bulloch County Criminal Court

Bulloch County Criminal Court

Bulloch County Criminal Court locations

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

I need help for my Bulloch 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 Bulloch 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 Bulloch 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.

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.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Bulloch 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.

Required Court Appearances in Bulloch County

Any required court appearances in Bulloch 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.

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.

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

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.

Jury Deliberations in Bulloch County

In Bulloch 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.

Bulloch County Criminal Court Locations

  • Bulloch County Superior Court

    Address: 20 Siebald Street, Statesboro GA 30458
    Phone: 912-764-9009 Fax: 912-764-5953

  • State Court of Bulloch County

    Address: 20 Siebald Street, Statesboro GA 30458
    Phone: 912-764-9009 Fax: 912-764-5953

  • Bulloch County Magistrate Court

    Address: 101 Oak Street, PO Box 1004, Statesboro GA 30459
    Phone: 912-764-6458 Fax 912-489-6731

  • Bulloch County Juvenile Court

    Address: 20 Siebald Street, Statesboro GA 30458
    Phone: 912-764-9009 Fax: 912-764-5953

  • Municipal Court of Brooklet

    Address: 202 East Lee Street, PO Box 67, Brooklet GA 30415
    Phone: 912-842-9911 Fax: 912-842-2001

  • Municipal Court of Portal

    Address: PO Box 89, Portal GA 30450
    Phone: 912-865-2561

  • Municipal Court of Register

    Address: 37 Foster Road, PO Box 260, Register GA 30452
    Phone: 912-488-2424

  • Municipal Court of Statesboro

    Address: 125 South College Street, Statesboro GA 30458
    Phone: 912-764-7574 Fax: 912-764-8202

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