Barton County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Barton County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Barton County.
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.
Who is the prosecutor for Barton County?
Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Barton County criminal cases will either be a representative of Barton County or a representative from Kansas. 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 Barton County
In Barton 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.
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.
In a jury trial in Barton 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.
Required Court Appearances in Barton County
Any required court appearances in Barton 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.
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.
Who can help me in Barton County?
For general information about your case the Barton County court clerk will be able to provide legal information about your specific criminal case. Legal information is not legal advice though, the court clerk will only be able to provide information about your case, like date/time of hearings what will occur at the hearing and what you may be required to do in the hearing. They cannot provide advice about what you should do or what the best legal options may be for your particular case. Only an attorney can provide legal advice and this is your best place for information about your specific criminal proceeding. If you cannot afford to hire a private attorney to represent you, a judge will appoint an attorney to represent you, this is most often a public defender.
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.
Where will Barton County criminal case hearings take place?
Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Barton County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Barton County.
Arraignments in Barton County
During an arraignment in Barton 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 Barton 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 Barton County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.
Barton County Criminal Court Locations
Barton County District Court
Address: 1400 Main Street, Room 306, Great Bend, KS 67530
Phone: 620-793-1856 Fax: 620-793-1860
Claflin Municipal Court
Address: 111 East Hamilton, PO Box 383, Claflin, KS 67525
Phone: 620-587-3707 Fax: 620-587-3915
Ellinwood Municipal Court
Address: 104 East 2nd Street, PO Box 278, Ellinwood, KS 67526
Phone: 620-564-3161 Fax: 620-564-3375
Great Bend Municipal Court
Address: 1217 Williams, Great Bend, KS 67530
Hoisington Municipal Court
Address: 109 East 1st Street, PO Box 418, Hoisington, KS 67544
Olmitz Municipal Court
Address: 219 Main Street, PO Box 64, Olmitz, KS 67564
Pawnee Rock Municipal Court
Address: 423 Rock Road, Pawnee Rock, KS 67567
Phone: 620-982-4553 Fax: 620-982-4805