Taliaferro County Criminal Court

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

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Taliaferro 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.

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.

Taliaferro County Criminal Court

Taliaferro County Criminal Court

Required Court Appearances in Taliaferro County

Any required court appearances in Taliaferro 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.

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 Taliaferro 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.

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.

What happens in Taliaferro County at an arraignment?

In Taliaferro 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.

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 Taliaferro County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Prosecutor in Taliaferro County

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

I need help for my Taliaferro 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 Taliaferro 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 Taliaferro 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.

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

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.

Taliaferro County Criminal Court Locations

  • Taliaferro County Superior Court

    Address: 113 Monument Street, PO Box 182, Crawfordville GA 30631
    Phone: 706-456-2123 Fax: 706-456-2749

  • Taliaferro County Magistrate Court

    Address: PO Box 264, Crawfordville GA 30631
    Phone: 706-456-2253 Fax: 706-456-3550

  • Taliaferro County Juvenile Court

    Address: 113 Monument Street, PO Box 182, Crawfordville GA 30631
    Phone: 706-456-2123 Fax: 706-456-2749

  • Municipal Court of Crawfordville

    Address: 110 Broad Street, PO Box 8, Crawfordville GA 30631
    Phone: 706-456-2605

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