Sharkey County Criminal Court

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

Jury Deliberations in Sharkey County

In Sharkey 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.

Sharkey County Prosecutor

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

Sharkey County Criminal Court

Sharkey County Criminal Court

What happens in Sharkey County at an arraignment?

In Sharkey County the defendant is brought into court and informed by the judge of the charges that have been filed against them along with informing them of their rights. At this time, the defendant can plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. If the defendant pleads guilty or no contest, there will be no trial and the defendant may be sentenced immediately or at a later date. If the defendant pleads not guilty a trial date is set.

Sharkey County Required Court Appearances

In Sharkey 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.

Where will Sharkey County criminal case hearings take place?

Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Sharkey County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Sharkey County.

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.

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

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.

Who can help me in Sharkey County?

For general information about your case the Sharkey 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.

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.

Sentencing in Sharkey County

In Sharkey 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.

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.

Sharkey County Criminal Court Locations

  • Sharkey County Circuit Court

    Address: 120 Locust St, PO Box 218, Rolling Fork MS 39159
    Phone: 662-873-2755 Fax: 662-873-6045

  • Sharkey County Chancery Court

    Address: 120 Locust St, PO Box 218, Rolling Fork MS 39159
    Phone: 662-873-2755 Fax: 662-873-6045

  • Sharkey County Youth Court

    Address: 120 Locust St, PO Box 218, Rolling Fork MS 39159
    Phone: 662-873-2755 Fax: 662-873-6045

  • Sharkey County Justice Court

    Address: 120 Locust St, PO Box 235, Rolling Fork MS 39159
    Phone: 662-873-6140 Fax: 662-873-0154

  • Anguilla Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 217, Anguilla MS 38721
    Phone: 662-873-4978

  • Rolling Fork Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 310, Rolling Fork MS 39159
    Phone: 662-873-2212 Fax: 662-873-2443

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