Treutlen County Criminal Court

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

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.

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.

Treutlen County Criminal Court

Treutlen County Criminal Court

Treutlen County Required Court Appearances

In Treutlen 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.

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.

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.

Where can I get help for my Treutlen 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 Treutlen 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.

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.

Treutlen County Prosecutor

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

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.

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

Where will Treutlen County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Arraignments in Treutlen County

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

Treutlen County Criminal Court Locations

  • Treutlen County Superior Court

    Address: 639 2nd Street South, Suite 301, Soperton GA 30457
    Phone: 912-529-4215 Fax: 912-529-6737

  • State Court of Treutlen County

    Address: 639 2nd Street South, Suite 301, Soperton GA 30457
    Phone: 912-529-4215 Fax: 912-529-6737

  • Treutlen County Magistrate Court

    Address: 650 2nd Street South, Suite 101, Soperton GA 30457
    Phone: 912-529-3342 Fax: 912-529-6838

  • Treutlen County Juvenile Court

    Address: 639 2nd Street South, Suite 301, Soperton GA 30457
    Phone: 912-529-4215 Fax: 912-529-6737

  • Municipal Court of Soperton

    Address: PO Box 229, Soperton GA 30457
    Phone: 912-529-4221 Fax: 912-529-6060

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