Monroe County Criminal Court

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

Monroe County Criminal Court hearings

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

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Monroe 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.

Monroe County Criminal Court

Monroe County Criminal Court

Monroe County Arraignments

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

Who is the prosecutor for Monroe County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Monroe County criminal cases will either be a representative of Monroe County or a representative from Mississippi. 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 Trial by Jury

The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by a jury. This is applicable for when the crime can carry a sentence of 6 months in jail OR a $500 fine, these are known as “Serious Crimes”. The defendant can also waive their right to a speedy and public trial.

Sentencing in Monroe County

In Monroe 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.

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.

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.

Required Court Appearances in Monroe County

Any required court appearances in Monroe 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.

Who can help me in Monroe County?

For general information about your case the Monroe County court clerk will be able to provide legal information about your specific criminal case. Legal information is not legal advice though, the court clerk will only be able to provide information about your case, like date/time of hearings what will occur at the hearing and what you may be required to do in the hearing. They cannot provide advice about what you should do or what the best legal options may be for your particular case. Only an attorney can provide legal advice and this is your best place for information about your specific criminal proceeding. If you cannot afford to hire a private attorney to represent you, a judge will appoint an attorney to represent you, this is most often a public defender.

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.

Monroe County Criminal Court Locations

  • Monroe County Circuit Court

    Address: 301 S Chestnut St, PO Box 843, Aberdeen MS 39730
    Phone: 662-369-8695 Fax: 662-369-3684

  • Monroe County Chancery Court

    Address: 201 W Commerce St, PO Box 578, Aberdeen MS 39730
    Phone: 662-369-8143 Fax: 662-369-7928

  • Monroe County Youth Court

    Address: 1619 Highland Dr, PO Box 57, Amory MS 38821
    Phone: 662-256-3041 Fax: 662-256-1488

  • Monroe County Youth Court

    Address: 201 W Commerce St, PO Box 578, Aberdeen MS 39730
    Phone: 662-369-8143 Fax: 662-369-7928

  • Monroe County Justice Court

    Address: 1619 Highland Dr, PO Box 518, Amory MS 38821
    Phone: 662-256-8493 Fax: 662-256-7876

  • Aberdeen Municipal Court

    Address: 125 W Commerce St, Aberdeen MS 39730
    Phone: 662-369-4164 Fax: 662-369-0940

  • Amory Municipal Court

    Address: 109 S Front St, PO Box 457, Amory MS 38821
    Phone: 662-256-5635 Fax: 662-256-6320

  • Hatley Municipal Court

    Address: 60279 Hatley Rd, Amory MS 38821
    Phone: 662-256-7245 Fax: 662-256-7255

  • Smithville Municipal Court

    Address: 60001 Franklin St, Smithville MS 38870
    Phone: 662-651-4411 Fax: 662-651-5226

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