Walton County Criminal Court

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

Who is the prosecutor for Walton County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Walton County criminal cases will either be a representative of Walton County or a representative from Georgia. After reviewing evidence it is the prosecutor’s decision whether to file charges or drop a case. Most prosecutors have the ability to negotiate plea bargains, and determine how the case will be prosecuted.

Sentencing in Walton County

In Walton 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.

Walton County Criminal Court

Walton County Criminal Court

Where will Walton County criminal case hearings take place?

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

I need help for my Walton 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 Walton 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 Walton 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 Walton County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.

Jury Deliberations in Walton County

In Walton 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.

Arraignments in Walton County

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

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 Walton 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.

Walton County Required Court Appearances

In Walton 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 Requirement

In a criminal case in the United States, the burden of proof always requires the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. This is a high threshold that must be met by the prosecution when presenting evidence in a case. If the prosecution fails in it’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt the judge must find the defendant not guilty. In a jury trial, the judge will inform the jury what this burden is and their obligation to find the defendant not guilty if they feel the prosecution did prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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.

Walton County Criminal Court Locations

  • Walton County Superior Court

    Address: 303 South Hammond Drive, Suite 335, Monroe GA 30655
    Phone: 770-267-1307 Fax: 770-267-1304

  • Walton County Magistrate Court

    Address: 303 South Hammond Drive, Suite 116, Monroe GA 30655
    Phone: 770-267-1349 Fax: 770-266-1512

  • Walton County Juvenile Court

    Address: 303 South Hammond Drive, Suite 223, Monroe GA 30655
    Phone: 770-267-1346 Fax: 770-267-8313

  • Municipal Court of Loganville

    Address: 605 Tom Brewer Road, PO Box 39, Loganville GA 30052
    Phone: 770-466-8087

  • Municipal Court of Monroe

    Address: 116 South Broad Street, PO Box 629, Monroe GA 30655
    Phone: 770-267-7576 Fax: 770-267-8386

  • Municipal Court of Social Circle

    Address: 166 North Cherokee Road, PO Box 310, Social Circle GA 30025
    Phone: 770-464-2380

  • Municipal Court of Walnut Grove

    Address: 1021 Park Street, Loganville GA 30052
    Phone: 770-787-0046

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