Liberty County Criminal Court

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

Appealing a guilty verdict

A defendant may appeal a guilty verdict to an appellate court. This is not a request to have another trial, but a request for an appellate court to review the case and determine that it was handled in a correct legal manner. There are a number of outcomes in an appeal including an upholding of the conviction, a finding that errors were made resulting in a retrial or resentencing or possibly a complete disimissal of all charges.

I need help for my Liberty 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 Liberty 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 Liberty 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.

Liberty County Criminal Court

Liberty County Criminal Court

Arraignments in Liberty County

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

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 Liberty 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.

Liberty County Required Court Appearances

In Liberty 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.

Who is the prosecutor for Liberty County?

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Liberty County Criminal Court locations

Criminal proceedings take place in the Liberty County Criminal Courts. A list of the criminal courts are located here.

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.

Liberty County Criminal Court Locations

  • Liberty County Superior Court

    Address: 201 South Main Street, Suite 1200, Hinesville GA 31313
    Phone: 912-876-3625 Fax: 912-369-5463

  • Liberty County State Court

    Address: 201 South Main Street, Suite 1200, Hinesville GA 31313
    Phone: 912-876-3625 Fax: 912-369-5463

  • Liberty County Magistrate Court

    Address: 201 South Main Street, Suite 1200, Hinesville GA 31313
    Phone: 912-876-3625 Fax: 912-369-5463

  • Liberty County Juvenile Court

    Address: 201 South Main Street, Suite 1200, Hinesville GA 31313
    Phone: 912-876-3625 Fax: 912-369-5463

  • Municipal Court of Hinesville

    Address: 123 East Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Hinesville GA 31313
    Phone: 912-368-8206 Fax: 912-368-3398

  • Municipal Court of Midway

    Address: 10490 East Oglethorpe Highway, PO Box 915, Midway GA 31320
    Phone: 912-880-1000 Fax: 912-880-4012

  • Municipal Court of Walthourville

    Address: PO Box K, Walthourville GA 31333
    Phone: 912-368-6525

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