Covington County Criminal Court

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

Covington County Criminal Court locations

Criminal proceedings take place in the Covington County Criminal Courts. A list of the criminal courts are located here.

Jury Deliberations in Covington County

In Covington County, jury deliberations will take place in a jury trial after the prosecution and defense have presented their cases and rested. At this point, the judge will provide a list of instructions to the jury about what they are allowed and not allowed to do and what verdict options are available for them to decide. The jury will be sent to a private room to discuss the evidence presented in the case and attempt to reach a unaminous decision. When a unaminous decision is reached, the jury will inform the judge that they have reached a verdict and will return to the courtroom for the verdict to be read allowed. In the event that the jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict, the jury results in a deadlock and a mistrial is declared.

Covington County Criminal Court

Covington County Criminal Court

Required Court Appearances in Covington County

Any required court appearances in Covington County Criminal Court must be attended by the defendant. Failure to appear in court at your required date and time may result in the judge issuing an arrest warrant.

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 Covington County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.

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.

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.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Covington 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.

I need help for my Covington 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 Covington 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 Covington 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.

Sentencing in Covington County

In Covington 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.

Covington County Prosecutor

For criminal cases in Covington County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Covington County. The Covington 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.

Covington County Arraignments

An arraignment is a court hearing. In Covington County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Covington 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 Covington 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.

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.

Covington County Criminal Court Locations

  • Covington County Circuit Court

    Address: 101 Main St, PO Box 667, Collins MS 39428
    Phone: 601-765-6506 Fax: 601-765-5012

  • Covington County Chancery Court

    Address: 101 S Elm Ave, PO Box 1679, Collins MS 39428
    Phone: 601-765-4242 Fax: 601-765-5016

  • Covington County Youth Court

    Address: 101 S Elm Ave, PO Box 1679, Collins MS 39428
    Phone: 601-765-4242 Fax: 601-765-5016

  • Covington County Justice Court

    Address: 101 Main St, PO Box 665, Collins MS 39428
    Phone: 601-765-6581 Fax: 601-765-5014

  • Collins Municipal Court

    Address: 300 Main St, PO Box 400, Collins MS 39428
    Phone: 601-765-4493 Fax: 601-765-0050

  • Mount Olive Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 510, Mount Olive MS 39119
    Phone: 601-797-3496 Fax: 601-797-3035

  • Seminary Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 296, Seminary MS 39479
    Phone: 601-722-9426 Fax: 601-722-9428

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