DeKalb County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in DeKalb County. See below for more information about criminal cases in DeKalb County.
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 DeKalb County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.
What happens in DeKalb County at an arraignment?
In DeKalb 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.
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.
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.
In a jury trial in DeKalb 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.
Mandatory Appearances in DeKalb County Criminal Court
At a mandatory or required court appearance in DeKalb County, the defendant must appear before the court. In the event of a “Failure to Appear” the judge may issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant. Note: not all criminal hearings are mandatory, in a non-mandatory hearing an attorney may appear on your behalf without you being in court.
Can I request a Plea Agreement?
In DeKalb 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.
Who is the prosecutor for DeKalb County?
Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for DeKalb County criminal cases will either be a representative of DeKalb County or a representative from Missouri. 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.
I need help for my DeKalb 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 DeKalb 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 DeKalb 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.
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.
DeKalb County Criminal Court hearings
Criminal hearings in DeKalb County will take place at the DeKalb County Criminal Courts. Please see here for a list of the DeKalb County Criminal Court Locations.
DeKalb County Criminal Court Locations
DeKalb County Circuit Court
Address: 109 West Main, PO Box 248, Maysville, MO 64469
Fax: 816-449-2602 Fax: 816-449-5400
Clarksdale Municipal Court
Address: PO Box 47, Clarksdale, MO 64430
Phone: 816-393-5363 Fax: 816-393-5363
Maysville Municipal Court
Address: 200 North Camden, PO Box 470, Maysville, MO 64469
Phone: 816-449-2185 Fax: 816-449-5755
Osborn Municipal Court
Address: PO Box 67, Osborn, MO 64474
Phone: 816-675-2239 Fax: 816-383-8482
Stewartsville Municipal Court
Address: 501 Main Street, PO Box 270, Stewartsville, MO 64490
Phone: 816-669-3278 Fax: 816-669-3646
Unionstar Municipal Court
Address: 375 Cedar Street, PO Box 96, Unionstar, MO 64494