Labette County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Labette County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Labette County.
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.
Where will Labette County criminal case hearings take place?
Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Labette County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Labette County.
Can I request a Plea Agreement?
In Labette 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.
In a jury trial in Labette 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.
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.
Labette County Required Court Appearances
In Labette 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.
Who is the prosecutor for Labette County?
Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Labette County criminal cases will either be a representative of Labette 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.
What happens in Labette County at an arraignment?
In Labette 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.
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.
Where can I get help for my Labette 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 Labette 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.
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 Labette County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.
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.
Labette County Criminal Court Locations
Labette County District Court – Oswego Division
Address: 417 Merchant Street, 3rd Floor, Oswego, KS 67356
Phone: 620-795-4533 Ext. 7 Fax: 620-795-3056
Labette County District Court – Parsons Division
Address: 201 South Central, Parsons, KS 67357
Phone: 620-421-4120 Fax: 620-421-3633
Altamont Municipal Court
Address: 407 South Huston Street, Altamont, KS 67330
Phone: 620-784-5612 Fax: 620-784-5882
Chetopa Municipal Court
Address: 332 Maple Street, Chetopa, KS 67336
Phone: 620-236-7541 Fax: 620-236-7025
Edna Municipal Court
Address: 209 North Delware Street, PO Box 190, Edna, KS 67342
Phone: 620-922-3841 Fax: 620-922-3338
Mound Valley Municipal Court
Address: 411 Hickory Street, PO Box 164, Mound Valley, KS 67354
Phone: 620-328-3411 Fax: 620-328-3752
Oswego Municipal Court
Address: 703 5th Street, PO Box 210, Oswego, KS 67356
Phone: 620-795-4433 Fax: 620-795-4873
Parsons Municipal Court
Address: 112 South 17th Street, PO Box 1037, Parsons, KS 67357
Phone: 620-421-7068 Fax: 620-421-7012