Lamar County Criminal Court

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

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.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Lamar 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.

Lamar County Criminal Court

Lamar County Criminal Court

If guilty, who sentences the defendant?

If the defendant is found guilty after the trial, the defendent will be sentenced. In some cases, this can occur at the same hearing the defendant is found guilty in court, in other cases a separate hearing will be required. Often the prosecution will request a particular sentence for the defendant and the judge will determine whether to enforce this sentence or impose a different sentence for the defendant.

Mandatory Appearances in Lamar County Criminal Court

At a mandatory or required court appearance in Lamar County, the defendant must appear before the court. In the event of a “Failure to Appear” the judge may issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant. Note: not all criminal hearings are mandatory, in a non-mandatory hearing an attorney may appear on your behalf without you being in court.

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.

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

Prosecutor in Lamar County

In Lamar County, the prosecutor is an attorney representing Lamar County. In some cases, the prosecutor may actually represent Georgia. For the most part, the prosecutor in Lamar County has discretion to both decide whether to file charges and also negotiate a potential plea deal with the defendant.

I need help for my Lamar 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 Lamar 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 Lamar 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.

Where will Lamar County criminal case hearings take place?

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

What happens in Lamar County at an arraignment?

In Lamar 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.

The Right to Trial by Jury

The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by a jury. This is applicable for when the crime can carry a sentence of 6 months in jail OR a $500 fine, these are known as “Serious Crimes”. The defendant can also waive their right to a speedy and public trial.

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Lamar County, after both the prosecution and defense have rested, the judge will give instructions to the jury and jury deliberations will begin. The jury will convence in a private room to discuss and deliberate the innocence or guilt of the defendant. Once the jury arrives at a unimanous decision, they will inform the judge that they have reached a decision. They will return to the court and the verdict will be read aloud. If the jury cannot reach a unaminous decision, the jury is said to be deadlocked and a mistrial will be declared in the case.

Lamar County Criminal Court Locations

  • Lamar County Superior Court

    Address: 326 Thomaston Street, Box 7, Barnesville GA 30204
    Phone: 770-358-5145 Fax:770-358-5814

  • Lamar County Magistrate Court

    Address: 121 Roberta Drive, Barnesville GA 30204
    Phone: 770-358-5154 Fax: 770-358-5214

  • Lamar County Juvenile Court

    Address: 326 Thomaston Street, Box 7, Barnesville GA 30204
    Phone: 770-358-5218 Fax: 770-358-5814

  • Municipal Court of Barnesville

    Address: 100 Mill Street, Barnesville GA 30204
    Phone: 770-358-1244

  • Municipal Court of Milner

    Address: 326 Thomaston Street, Barnesville GA 30204
    Phone: 770-358-5155 Fax: 770-358-5348

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