Callaway County Criminal Court

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

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.

Jury Deliberations in Callaway County

In Callaway 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.

Callaway County Criminal Court

Callaway County Criminal Court

Callaway County Arraignments

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

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.

Callaway County Required Court Appearances

In Callaway 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.

Callaway County Prosecutor

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

Callaway County Criminal Court hearings

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

Who can help me in Callaway County?

For general information about your case the Callaway 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.

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.

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.

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.

Plea Agreements

A Plea Agreement, sometimes known as a Plea Bargain is an agreement between the prosecution and the defendant, where the defendant pleads guilty or no contest often in exchange for a lesser charge or lighter recommended sentence. A large majority of criminal cases end in a plea agreement. In Callaway County you can inform your attorney to negotiate with the prosecution to attempt to come to a plea agreement, but this is dependent upon the charge severity and also the prosecutors willingness to accept a plea deal.

Callaway County Criminal Court Locations

  • Callaway County Circuit Court

    Address: 10 East 5th Street, Fulton, MO 65251
    Phone: 573-642-0780 Fax: 573-642-0700

  • Auxvasse Municipal Court

    Address: 104 South Main Street, PO Box 489, Auxvasse, MO 65231
    Phone: 573-386-2227 Fax: 573-386-2175

  • Fulton Municipal Court

    Address: 18 East 4th Street, PO Box 130, Fulton, MO 65251
    Phone: 573-592-3111 Fax: 573-592-3119

  • Holts Summit Municipal Court

    Address: 245 South Summit Drive, PO Box 429, Holts Summit, MO 65043
    Phone: 573-896-5600 Fax: 573-896-4115

  • New Bloomfield Municipal Court

    Address: Phone: 573-491-3614, Ext. 300 Fax: 573-491-3722

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