Newton County Criminal Court

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

Newton County Criminal Court locations

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

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.

Newton County Criminal Court

Newton County Criminal Court

Prosecutor in Newton County

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

Jury Deliberations in Newton County

In Newton 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.

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.

Newton County Required Court Appearances

In Newton 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.

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.

Sentencing in Newton County

In Newton 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.

What is a Plea Agreement?

A plea agreement is a deal made between the prosecution and the defendant in a case, where the defendant agrees to plea guilty to a particular charge in exchange for some concession from the prosecutor. In practice, more than 90% of criminal cases end with a plea agreement.

Newton County Arraignments

An arraignment is a court hearing. In Newton County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Newton County Criminal Court and the judge will read the charges that were filed against the defendant. The judge will also read the rights the defendant has and ask the defendant if they understand both the charges filed against them and their rights as a defendant in the case. In Newton County a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest may be entered. In a guilty or no contest plea the sentencing of the defendant may take place at the same arraignment hearing or a later date may be scheduled for sentencing. For a not guilty plea, a date will be set for a trial.

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

Where can I get help for my Newton 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 Newton 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.

Newton County Criminal Court Locations

  • Newton County Superior Court

    Address: 1132 Usher Street, Room 338, Covington GA 30014
    Phone: 770-784-2035 Fax: 770-385-8930

  • Newton County Magistrate Court

    Address: 1132 Usher Street, Room 149, Covington GA 30014
    Phone: 770-784-2050 Fax; 770-784-2145

  • Newton County Juvenile Court

    Address: 1132 Usher Street, Room 119, Covington GA 30014
    Phone: 770-784-2060 Fax: 770-784-2065

  • Municipal Court of Covington

    Address: 1143 Oak Street SE, Covington GA 30014
    Phone: 770-385-2141 Fax: 770-385-2198

  • Municipal Court of Oxford

    Address: 110 West Clark Street, Oxford GA 30054
    Phone: 770-786-7004

  • Municipal Court of Porterdale

    Address: 2 North Broad Street, PO Box 667, Porterdale GA 30070
    Phone: 770-786-2217

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