Lowndes County Criminal Court

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

Lowndes County Required Court Appearances

In Lowndes 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.

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.

Lowndes County Criminal Court

Lowndes County Criminal Court

Arraignments in Lowndes County

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

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.

Jury Deliberations in Lowndes County

In Lowndes 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.

Lowndes County Prosecutor

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

I need help for my Lowndes 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 Lowndes 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 Lowndes 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.

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.

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 Lowndes 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.

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.

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.

Where will Lowndes County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Lowndes County Criminal Court Locations

  • Lowndes County Superior Court

    Address: 327 North Ashley Street, PO Box 1349, Valdosta GA 31603
    Phone: 229-333-5127 Fax: 229-333-7637

  • State Court of Lowndes County

    Address: 327 North Ashley Street, PO Box 1349, Valdosta GA 31603
    Phone: 229-333-5127 Fax: 229-333-7637

  • Lowndes County Magistrate Court

    Address: 327 North Ashley Street, PO Box 1349, Valdosta GA 31603
    Phone: 229-671-2610 Fax: 229-671-3442

  • Lowndes County Juvenile Court

    Address: 301 Webster Street, PO Box 1201, Valdosta GA 31603
    Phone: 229-333-5252

  • Municipal Court of Dasher

    Address: 3686 US Highway 41 South, Dasher GA 31601
    Phone: 229-559-3146 Fax: 229-559-3147

  • Municipal Court of Hahira

    Address: 102 South Church Street, Hahira GA 31632
    Phone: 229-794-2440

  • Municipal Court of Lake Park

    Address: 120 North Essa Street, Lake Park GA 31636
    Phone: 229-559-7470

  • Municipal Court of Remerton

    Address: 1757 Poplar Street, Remerton GA 31601
    Phone: 229-247-2320 Ext. 28

  • Municipal Court of Valdosta

    Address: 100 South Oak Street, PO Box 1083, Valdosta GA 31603
    Phone: 229-293-3171 Fax: 229-333-1803

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