Grady County Criminal Court

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

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.

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.

Grady County Criminal Court

Grady County Criminal Court

Sentencing in Grady County

In Grady 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.

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.

Grady County Required Court Appearances

In Grady 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.

Arraignments in Grady County

During an arraignment in Grady 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 Grady 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 Grady County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.

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.

Where will Grady County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Where can I get help for my Grady 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 Grady 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.

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.

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.

Grady County Prosecutor

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

Grady County Criminal Court Locations

  • Grady County Superior Court

    Address: 250 North Broad Street, Box 8, Cairo GA 39828
    Phone: 229-377-2912 Fax: 229-377-7078

  • State Court of Grady County

    Address: 250 North Broad Street, Box 8, Cairo GA 39828
    Phone: 229-377-2912 Fax: 229-377-7078

  • Grady County Magistrate Court

    Address: 250 North Broad Street, Cairo GA 39828
    Phone: 229-377-4132

  • Grady County Juvenile Court

    Address: 250 North Broad Street, Box 8, Cairo GA 39828
    Phone: 229-377-2912 Fax: 229-377-7078

  • Municipal Court of Cairo

    Address: 119 North Broad Street, PO Box 29, Cairo GA 39828
    Phone: 229-377-1722 Fax: 229-378-3015

  • Municipal Court of Whigham

    Address: PO Box 71, Whigham GA 39897
    Phone: 229-762-4215

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