Calhoun County Criminal Court

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

Required Court Appearances in Calhoun County

Any required court appearances in Calhoun 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.

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.

Calhoun County Criminal Court

Calhoun County Criminal Court

What happens in Calhoun County at an arraignment?

In Calhoun 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 Deliberations in Calhoun County

In Calhoun 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.

Where will Calhoun County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Who is the prosecutor for Calhoun County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Calhoun County criminal cases will either be a representative of Calhoun 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 can I get help for my Calhoun 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 Calhoun 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 Criminal Conviciton

A defendant may appeal a criminal conviction to an appellate court. In an appeal, the actual trial is not redone, but the appellate court hears arguments that the criminal case was not handled in a legal manner at the original criminal court. The appellate court can either uphold the conviction, or determine that errors were made and may request a retrial, a resentencing of the defendant or that the charges be dismissed.

Sentencing in Calhoun County

In Calhoun 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.

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.

Plea Agreements

A Plea Agreement, sometimes known as a Plea Bargain is an agreement between the prosecution and the defendant, where the defendant pleads guilty or no contest often in exchange for a lesser charge or lighter recommended sentence. A large majority of criminal cases end in a plea agreement. In Calhoun County you can inform your attorney to negotiate with the prosecution to attempt to come to a plea agreement, but this is dependent upon the charge severity and also the prosecutors willingness to accept a plea deal.

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.

Calhoun County Criminal Court Locations

  • Calhoun County Superior Court

    Address: 31 Court Street, Suite A, PO Box 69, Morgan GA 39866
    Phone: 229-849-2715 Fax: 229-849-0072

  • Calhoun County Magistrate Court

    Address: PO Box 87, Morgan GA 39866
    Phone: 229-849-2115 Fax 229-849-2117

  • Calhoun County Juvenile Court

    Address: 31 Court Street, Suite A, PO Box 69, Morgan GA 39866
    Phone: 229-849-2715 Fax: 229-849-0072

  • Municipal Court of Arlington

    Address: PO Box 126, Arlington GA 39813
    Phone: 229-725-4211 Fax: 229-849-2117

  • Municipal Court of Edison

    Address: PO Box 628, Edison GA 39846
    Phone: 229-835-2323

  • Municipal Court of Leary

    Address: PO Box 148, Leary GA 39862
    Phone: 229-792-6121

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