Colquitt County Criminal Court

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

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.

Arraignments in Colquitt County

During an arraignment in Colquitt County, a defendant appears before the court and the judge reads the charges that have been filed against the accused and also informs the defendant of his/her rights. During the arraignment in Colquitt County, the defendant can choose to plead one of the following 1) Guilty 2) Not Guilty or 3) No Contest. If the defendant enters a plea of Not Guilty, a date for trial is set. In the event of a Guilty or No Contest Plea in Colquitt County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.

Colquitt County Criminal Court

Colquitt County Criminal Court

Where will Colquitt County criminal case hearings take place?

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

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 Colquitt 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.

I need help for my Colquitt 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 Colquitt 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 Colquitt 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.

Who is the prosecutor for Colquitt County?

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

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.

What is Jury Deliberation?

After both the prosecution and defense have presented their cases, the judge in the case will provide instructions to the jury about what they must decide. The jury will be dismissed to the jury room where they will deliberate about the guilt or innocence of the defendant. After reaching a unaminous decision, they return their decision to the court where it is read aloud in the courtroom. If the jury is unable to reach a unaminous decision, the jury is deadlocked, also known as a hung jury, in which a mistrial will be declared.

Colquitt County Required Court Appearances

In Colquitt 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.

Right to Jury Trial

For “Serious Crimes”, those that can have a potential penalty of 6 months in jail OR a minimum $500 penalty, the US Constitution guarantees a right to trial by jury. This is guaranteed by Article III of the Constitution and the 6th Amendment. The accused has the ability to waive their right to trial by jury.

Can I appeal a guilty verdict?

If found guilty, a defendant may decide to appeal his case to an appelate court. The appellate court will not retry the case, they will examine the proceedings in the lower court to make sure they were done in a legal manner. The appellate court can either uphold the original conviction, or determine that due to errors made in the original trial, that there must be a retrial, resentencing or a complete dismissal of the charges.

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.

Colquitt County Criminal Court Locations

  • Colquitt County Superior Court

    Address: 9 South Main Street, Room 214, PO Box 2827, Moultrie GA 31776
    Phone: 229-616-7420 Fax: 229-616-7029

  • State Court of Colquitt County

    Address: 9 South Main Street, Room 214, PO Box 2827, Moultrie GA 31776
    Phone: 229-616-7420 Fax: 229-616-7029

  • Colquitt County Magistrate Court

    Address: 101 East Central Avenue, PO Box 70, Moultrie GA 31776
    Phone: 229-616-7450 Fax 229-616-7494

  • Colquitt County Juvenile Court

    Address: 9 South Main Street, Room 214, PO Box 2827, Moultrie GA 31776
    Phone: 229-616-7420 Fax: 229-616-7029

  • Municipal Court of Berlin

    Address: PO Box 188, Berlin GA 31722
    Phone: 229-324-2444

  • Municipal Court of Doerun

    Address: PO Box 37, Doerun GA 31744
    Phone: 229-782-5444

  • Municipal Court of Moultrie

    Address: PO Box 187, Moultrie GA 31776
    Phone: 229-890-5444

  • Municipal Court of Norman Park

    Address: PO Box 197, Norman Park GA 31771
    Phone: 229-769-3611

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