Meriwether County Criminal Court

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

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 can I get help for my Meriwether 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 Meriwether 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.

Meriwether County Criminal Court

Meriwether County Criminal 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.

Required Court Appearances in Meriwether County

Any required court appearances in Meriwether County Criminal Court must be attended by the defendant. Failure to appear in court at your required date and time may result in the judge issuing an arrest warrant.

Where will Meriwether County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Prosecutor in Meriwether County

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

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

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.

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.

What happens in Meriwether County at an arraignment?

In Meriwether 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.

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 Meriwether 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.

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.

Meriwether County Criminal Court Locations

  • Meriwether County Superior Court

    Address: 100 North Court Square, PO Box 160, Greenville GA 30222
    Phone: 706-672-4416 Fax: 706-672-9465

  • Meriwether County Magistrate Court

    Address: 124 North Court Square, PO Box 702, Greenville GA 30222
    Phone: 706-672-1247 Fax: 706-672-1172

  • Meriwether County Juvenile Court

    Address: 100 North Court Square, PO Box 160, Greenville GA 30222
    Phone: 706-672-4416 Fax: 706-672-9465

  • Municipal Court of Greenville

    Address: 100 North Depot Street, PO Box 548, Greenville GA 30222
    Phone: 706-672-1216 Fax: 706-672-1940

  • Municipal Court of Luthersville

    Address: PO Box 10, Luthersville GA 30251
    Phone: 770-927-6885

  • Municipal Court of Manchester

    Address: 120 2nd Street, PO Box 366, Manchester GA 31816
    Phone: 706-846-9679

  • Municipal Court of Warm Springs

    Address: PO Box 156, Warm Springs GA 31830
    Phone: 706-655-9096 Fax: 706-655-2814

  • Municipal Court of Woodbury

    Address: PO Box 297, Woodbury GA 30293
    Phone: 706-553-5480

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