Henry County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Henry County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Henry County.
Henry County Criminal Court hearings
Criminal hearings in Henry County will take place at the Henry County Criminal Courts. Please see here for a list of the Henry County Criminal Court Locations.
Henry County Required Court Appearances
In Henry 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.
Where can I get help for my Henry 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 Henry 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.
Sentencing in Henry County
In Henry 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.
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 happens in Henry County at an arraignment?
In Henry 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 Henry County
In Henry 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.
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.
Who is the prosecutor for Henry County?
Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Henry County criminal cases will either be a representative of Henry 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.
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.
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 Henry 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.
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.
Henry County Criminal Court Locations
Henry County Superior Court
Address: 1 Courthouse Square, McDonough GA 30253
Phone: 770-288-8022 Fax: 770-898-7573
State Court of Henry County
Address: 44 John Frank Ward Boulevard, McDonough GA 30253
Phone: 770-288-7800 Fax: 770-288-7801
Henry County Magistrate Court
Address: 44 John Frank Ward Boulevard, Suite 260, McDonough GA 30253
Phone: 770-288-7700 Fax: 770-288-7722
Henry County Juvenile Court
Address: 44 John Frank Ward Boulevard, Suite 115, McDonough GA 30253
Municipal Court of Hampton
Address: 4 McDonough Street, Hampton GA 30228
Municipal Court of Locust Grove
Address: 79 Frances Ward Drive, PO Box 900, Locust Grove GA 30248
Municipal Court of McDonough
Address: 369 Macon Street, McDonough GA 30253
Phone: 770-954-2872 Fax: 770-898-4973
Municipal Court of Stockbridge
Address: 4602 North Henry Boulevard, Stockbridge GA 30281
Phone: 770-389-7906 Fax: 770-389-7969