Pemiscot County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Pemiscot County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Pemiscot County.
Pemiscot County Criminal Court hearings
Criminal hearings in Pemiscot County will take place at the Pemiscot County Criminal Courts. Please see here for a list of the Pemiscot County Criminal Court Locations.
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.
What is the Burden of Proof?
The term “Burden of Proof” means that the prosecutor is required to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor cannot provide proof of the defendants guilt, then the judge or jury in a trial must find the defendant not guilty. In the United States the principle innocent until proven guilty derives from this that the defendant is assumed innocent and the prosecution has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.
What happens in Pemiscot County at an arraignment?
In Pemiscot 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.
What is Jury Deliberation?
After both the prosecution and defense have presented their cases, the judge in the case will provide instructions to the jury about what they must decide. The jury will be dismissed to the jury room where they will deliberate about the guilt or innocence of the defendant. After reaching a unaminous decision, they return their decision to the court where it is read aloud in the courtroom. If the jury is unable to reach a unaminous decision, the jury is deadlocked, also known as a hung jury, in which a mistrial will be declared.
Pemiscot County Required Court Appearances
In Pemiscot 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.
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.
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.
Sentencing in Pemiscot County
In Pemiscot 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.
Who is the prosecutor for Pemiscot County?
Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Pemiscot County criminal cases will either be a representative of Pemiscot 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.
Where can I get help for my Pemiscot County criminal case?
The 6th amendment of the United States Constitution provides a criminal defendant with the right to an attorney. As read in the miranda rights, this means that if a defendant cannot afford to hire a private attorney a legal attorney will be appointed to the defendant to represent him at no cost to the defendant. This is often a public defender. In addition, the court clerk for Pemiscot County will also be able to provide general information about a specific criminal case. The clerk can only provide information and is not an attorney so they cannot provide legal advice, only a licensed attorney can provide legal advice about what the best options for are for your particular case.
Pemiscot County Criminal Court Locations
Pemiscot County Circuit Court – Division I & III
Address: 610 Ward Avenue, PO Box 34, Caruthersville, MO 63830
Phone: 573-333-0187 Fax: 573-333-4157
Pemiscot County Circuit Court – Division II
Address: PO Box 228, Caruthersville, MO 63830
Phone: 573-333-2784 Fax: 573-333-4722
Caruthersville Municipal Court
Address: 1000 Ward Avenue, Caruthersville, MO 63830
Phone: 573-333-0106 Fax: 573-333-1137
Cooter Municipal Court
Address: PO Box 205, Cooter, MO 63839
Hayti Heights Municipal Court
Address: 292 Rapaport Street, Hayti Heights, MO 63851
Hayti Municipal Court
Address: PO Box 332, Hayti, MO 63851
Phone: 573-359-129 Fax: 573-359-0353
Holland Municipal Court
Address: 201 Walnut Street, Holland, MO 63853
Steele Municipal Court
Address: 115 South Walnut, Steele, MO 63877
Wardell Municipal Court
Address: 108 West Broad, PO Box 1, Wardell, MO 63879
Phone: 573-628-3500 Fax: 573-628-9407