Osage County Criminal Court

Osage County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Osage County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Osage County.

Arraignments in Osage County

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

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Osage 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.

Osage County Criminal Court

Osage County Criminal Court

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.

I need help for my Osage 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 Osage 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 Osage 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.

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Osage 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.

Mandatory Appearances in Osage County Criminal Court

At a mandatory or required court appearance in Osage 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.

Sentencing in Osage County

In Osage 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.

Appealing a guilty verdict

A defendant may appeal a guilty verdict to an appellate court. This is not a request to have another trial, but a request for an appellate court to review the case and determine that it was handled in a correct legal manner. There are a number of outcomes in an appeal including an upholding of the conviction, a finding that errors were made resulting in a retrial or resentencing or possibly a complete disimissal of all charges.

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.

Who is the prosecutor for Osage County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Osage County criminal cases will either be a representative of Osage 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.

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.

Osage County Criminal Court hearings

Criminal hearings in Osage County will take place at the Osage County Criminal Courts. Please see here for a list of the Osage County Criminal Court Locations.

Osage County Criminal Court Locations

  • Osage County District Court

    Address: 717 Topeka Avenue, PO Box 549, Lyndon, KS 66451
    Phone: 785-828-4514 Fax: 785-828-4704

  • Burlingame Municipal Court

    Address: 101 East Santa Fe, Burlingame, KS 66413
    Phone: 785-654-2414 Fax: 785-654-3612

  • Carbondale Municipal Court

    Address: 234 Main Street, PO Box 70, Carbondale, KS 66414
    Phone: 785-836-7108 Fax: 785-836-7942

  • Lyndon Municipal Court

    Address: 730 Topeka Avenue, PO Box 287, Lyndon, KS 66451
    Phone: 785-828-3146 Fax: 785-828-3148

  • Melvern Municipal Court

    Address: 141 South Main Street, PO Box 116, Melvern, KS 66510
    Phone: 785-549-3447 Fax: 785-549-3286

  • Osage City Municipal Court

    Address: 201 South 5th Street, PO Box 250, Osage City, KS 66523
    Phone: 785-528-3714 Fax: 785-528-4951

  • Overbrook Municipal Court

    Address: 401 Maple Street, Overbrook, KS 66524
    Phone: 785-224-6826

  • Scranton Municipal Court

    Address: 120 West Boone Street, PO Box 218, Scranton KS 66537
    Phone: 785-793-2414 Fax: 785-793-2332

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