Clay County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Clay County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Clay County.
Where will Clay County criminal case hearings take place?
Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Clay County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Clay County.
Can I request a Plea Agreement?
In Clay County you may be able to enter into a plea agreement depending upon the severity of the charges. It is also dependant upon the prosecution willing to accept a plea agreement. You can ask your attorney to attempt to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution to avoid having a jury trial along with the potential for a more serious sentence. Approximately 9 out of 10 criminal cases usually end in a plea agreement.
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.
In a jury trial in Clay 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.
What if I can’t afford an attorney?
The 6th Amendment guarantees you the right to an attorney whether or not you can afford one. If you cannot afford one, a public defender will be appointed by the court to represent you.
Prosecutor in Clay County
In Clay County, the prosecutor is an attorney representing Clay County. In some cases, the prosecutor may actually represent Kansas. For the most part, the prosecutor in Clay County has discretion to both decide whether to file charges and also negotiate a potential plea deal with the defendant.
What happens in Clay County at an arraignment?
In Clay 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.
What is the Burden of Proof?
The term “Burden of Proof” means that the prosecutor is required to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor cannot provide proof of the defendants guilt, then the judge or jury in a trial must find the defendant not guilty. In the United States the principle innocent until proven guilty derives from this that the defendant is assumed innocent and the prosecution has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.
Where can I get help for my Clay 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 Clay 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.
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.
Mandatory Appearances in Clay County Criminal Court
At a mandatory or required court appearance in Clay County, the defendant must appear before the court. In the event of a “Failure to Appear” the judge may issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant. Note: not all criminal hearings are mandatory, in a non-mandatory hearing an attorney may appear on your behalf without you being in court.
Right to Jury Trial
For “Serious Crimes”, those that can have a potential penalty of 6 months in jail OR a minimum $500 penalty, the US Constitution guarantees a right to trial by jury. This is guaranteed by Article III of the Constitution and the 6th Amendment. The accused has the ability to waive their right to trial by jury.
Clay County Criminal Court Locations
Clay County District Court
Address: 712 5th Street, Suite 204, Clay Center, KS 67432
Phone: 785-632-3443 Fax: 785-632-2651
Clay Center Municipal Court
Address: 427 Court Street, PO Box 117, Clay Center, KS 67432
Phone: 785-632-3312 Fax: 785-632-3943
Clifton Municipal Court
Address: 104 East Parallel Street, PO Box 86, Clifton, KS 66937
Phone: 785-455-3711 Fax: 785-455-2272
Green Municipal Court
Address: 904 Highland Avenue, Green, KS 67447
Longford Municipal Court
Address: 102 Weda Street, PO Box 265, Longford, KS 67458
Phone: 785-388-2124 Fax: 785-388-2124
Wakefield Municipal Court
Address: 609 Grove Street, PO Box 326, Wakefield, KS 67487
Phone: 785-461-5886 Fax: 785-461-5887