Pike County Criminal Court

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

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.

Prosecutor in Pike County

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

Pike County Criminal Court

Pike County Criminal Court

Sentencing in Pike County

In Pike 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.

The Right to Counsel

The Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the U.s. Constitution give defendants in criminal cases the right to counsel/attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to represent you. Like other rights a defendant has, this one can be waived as well and alternatively you can choose to represent yourself.

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 Pike County at an arraignment?

In Pike 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.

Required Court Appearances in Pike County

Any required court appearances in Pike 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 can I get help for my Pike 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 Pike 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.

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 Pike 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.

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 Pike 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.

Pike County Criminal Court hearings

Criminal hearings in Pike County will take place at the Pike County Criminal Courts. Please see here for a list of the Pike County Criminal Court Locations.

Pike County Criminal Court Locations

  • Pike County Superior Court

    Address: 16001 Barnesville Street, PO Box 10, Zebulon GA 30295
    Phone: 770-567-2000 Fax: 770-567-2017

  • Pike County Magistrate Court

    Address: 331 Thomaston Street, PO Box 466, Zebulon, GA 30292
    Phone: 770-567-2004 Fax: 770-567-2023

  • Pike County Juvenile Court

    Address: 16001 Barnesville Street, PO Box 10, Zebulon GA 30295
    Phone: 770-567-2000 Fax: 770-567-2017

  • Municipal Court of Concord

    Address: PO Box 175, Concord GA 30206
    Phone: 770-884-5221

  • Municipal Court of Molena

    Address: 10 Spring Road, PO Box 247, Molena GA 30258
    Phone: 770-884-9711

  • Municipal Court of Zebulon

    Address: PO Box 385, Zebulon GA 30295
    Phone: 770-567-8441

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