Franklin Parish Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Franklin Parish. See below for more information about criminal cases in Franklin Parish.
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.
Franklin Parish Prosecutor
For criminal cases in Franklin Parish, the prosecutor will be a representative of Franklin Parish. The Franklin Parish 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.
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.
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.
Where can I get help for my Franklin Parish 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 Franklin Parish 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.
Franklin Parish Required Court Appearances
In Franklin Parish, 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.
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.
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.
Arraignments in Franklin Parish
During an arraignment in Franklin Parish, 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 Franklin Parish, 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 Franklin Parish the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.
Where will Franklin Parish criminal case hearings take place?
Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Franklin Parish. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Franklin Parish.
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.
In a jury trial in Franklin Parish, 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.
Franklin Parish Criminal Court Locations
Franklin 5th Judicial District Court
Address: 6550 Main Street, PO Box 1564, Winnsboro LA 71295
Phone: 318-435-5133 Fax: 318-435-5134
Winnsboro City Court
Address: 1308 Cornell Street, Winnsboro LA 71295
Phone: 318-435-4508 Fax: 318-435-7102
Justice of the Peace District 1
Address: PO Box 24, Crowville LA 71230
Justice of the Peace District 2
Address: 345 Cleve Smith Road, Baskin LA 71219
Justice of the Peace District 3
Address: 775 Lishman Road, Winnsboro LA 71295
Justice of the Peace District 5
Address: 377 Jackson Lane, Gilbert LA 71336
Justice of the Peace District 6
Address: PO Box 929, Wisner LA 71378
Justice of the Peace District 7
Address: 235 Roberts Road, Wisner LA 71378
Justice of the Peace District 8
Address: 2375 Hwy 130, Winnsboro LA 71295
Baskin Mayor’s Court
Address: 1325 Highway 15, PO Box 359, Baskin LA 71219
Phone: 318-248-3700 Fax: 318- 248-2397
Gilbert Mayor’s Court
Address: 7564 Gilbert Street, PO Box 600, Gilbert LA 71336
Phone: 318-435-6506 Fax: 318-435-1237
Wisner Mayor’s Court
Address: 9530 Natchez Street, PO Box 290, Wisner LA 71378
Phone: 318-724-6568 Fax: 318-724-6099