Sedgwick County Criminal Court

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

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.

What is Jury Deliberation?

After both the prosecution and defense have presented their cases, the judge in the case will provide instructions to the jury about what they must decide. The jury will be dismissed to the jury room where they will deliberate about the guilt or innocence of the defendant. After reaching a unaminous decision, they return their decision to the court where it is read aloud in the courtroom. If the jury is unable to reach a unaminous decision, the jury is deadlocked, also known as a hung jury, in which a mistrial will be declared.

Sedgwick County Criminal Court

Sedgwick County Criminal Court

Sedgwick County Required Court Appearances

In Sedgwick 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.

Sedgwick County Prosecutor

For criminal cases in Sedgwick County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Sedgwick County. The Sedgwick County prosecutor reviews all evidence and ultimately decides whether to file or dismiss charges in the case. Most of the time, the prosecutor has leeway in plea negotiations and determines how the case will be prosecuted.

Sedgwick County Criminal Court hearings

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

Sedgwick County Arraignments

An arraignment is a court hearing. In Sedgwick County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Sedgwick County Criminal Court and the judge will read the charges that were filed against the defendant. The judge will also read the rights the defendant has and ask the defendant if they understand both the charges filed against them and their rights as a defendant in the case. In Sedgwick County a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest may be entered. In a guilty or no contest plea the sentencing of the defendant may take place at the same arraignment hearing or a later date may be scheduled for sentencing. For a not guilty plea, a date will be set for a trial.

Sentencing in Sedgwick County

In Sedgwick 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.

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.

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.

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.

Where can I get help for my Sedgwick 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 Sedgwick 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.

Sedgwick County Criminal Court Locations

  • Sedgwick County District Court

    Address: 525 North Main Street, Wichita, KS 67203
    Phone: 316-660-5900 Fax: 316-941-5361

  • Sedgwick County Court

    Address: 510 North Main Street, Suite 103, Wichita, KS 67203
    Phone: 316-660-9050

  • Andale Municipal Court

    Address: 326 North Main Street, PO Box 338, Andale, KS 67001
    Phone: 316-444-2351 Fax: 316-444-2322

  • Bel Aire Municipal Court

    Address: 7651 East Central Park Avenue, Bel Aire, KS 67226
    Phone: 316-744-2451 Fax: 316-744-3739

  • Bentley Municipal Court

    Address: 150 South Wichita Avenue, PO Box 273, Bentley, KS 67016
    Phone: 316-796-1799 Fax: 316-796-1711

  • Cheney Municipal Court

    Address: 131 North Main Street, Cheney, KS 67025
    Phone: 316-540-3622 Fax: 316-542-0185

  • Clearwater Municipal Court

    Address: 129 East Ross Avenue, Clearwater, KS 67026
    Phone: 620-584-2317 Fax: 620-584-3118

  • Colwich Municipal Court

    Address: 310 South 2nd Street, PO Box 158, Colwich, KS 67030
    Phone: 316-796-1025 Fax: 316-796-0913

  • Derby Municipal Court

    Address: 229 North Baltimore, Derby, KS 67037
    Phone: 316-788-1511 Fax: 316-788-3706

  • Eastborough Municipal Court

    Address: 1 Douglas Avenue, Eastborough, KS 67207
    Phone: 316-682-4111 Fax: 316-682-4193

  • Garden Plain Municipal Court

    Address: 505 North Main, PO Box 336, Garden Plain, KS 67050
    Phone: 316-531-2321 Fax: 316-535-2207

  • Goddard Municipal Court

    Address: 118 North Main, PO Box 667, Goddard, KS 67052
    Phone: 316-794-2441 Fax: 316-794-2401

  • Haysville Municipal Court

    Address: 200 West Grand, PO Box 404, Haysville, KS 67060
    Phone: 316-529-5920 Fax: 316-529-5921

  • Kechi Municipal Court

    Address: 220 West Kechi Road, PO Box 88, Kechi, KS 67067
    Phone: 316-744-6611 Fax: 316-201-6962

  • Maize Municipal Court

    Address: 10100 Grady Avenue, PO Box 245, Maize, KS 67101
    Phone: 316-722-8736 Fax: 316-425-3380

  • Mount Hope Municipal Court

    Address: 112 West Main Street, PO Box 10, Mount Hope, KS 67108
    Phone: 316-661-2211 Fax: 316-661-2212

  • Mulvane Municipal Court

    Address: 211 North 2nd, Mulvane, KS 67110
    Phone: 316-777-9515 Fax: 316-777-4081

  • Park City Municipal Court

    Address: 6110 North Hydraulic, Park City, KS 67219
    Phone: 316-744-6417 Fax: 316-744-3865

  • Valley Center Municipal Court

    Address: 616 East 5th Street, Valley Center, KS 67147
    Phone: 316-755-7309 Fax: 316-755-7339

  • Wichita Municipal Court

    Address: 455 North Main, 2nd Floor, Wichita, KS 67202
    Phone: 316-268-4611 Fax: 316-268-4249

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