Platte County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Platte County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Platte County.
Where can I get help for my Platte 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 Platte 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.
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.
Arraignments in Platte County
During an arraignment in Platte County, a defendant appears before the court and the judge reads the charges that have been filed against the accused and also informs the defendant of his/her rights. During the arraignment in Platte County, the defendant can choose to plead one of the following 1) Guilty 2) Not Guilty or 3) No Contest. If the defendant enters a plea of Not Guilty, a date for trial is set. In the event of a Guilty or No Contest Plea in Platte County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.
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 Platte County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.
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 Platte 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.
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.
Platte County Required Court Appearances
In Platte 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.
Platte County Criminal Court locations
Criminal proceedings take place in the Platte County Criminal Courts. A list of the criminal courts are located here.
Platte County Prosecutor
For criminal cases in Platte County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Platte County. The Platte 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.
Jury Deliberations in Platte County
In Platte 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.
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.
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.
Platte County Criminal Court Locations
Platte County Circuit Court
Address: 328 Main Street, Suite 5-CH, Platte City, MO 64079
Camden Point Municipal Court
Address: 101 3rd Street, Camden Point, MO 64018
Dearborn Municipal Court
Address: 100 Short Street, PO Box 86, Dearborn, MO 64439
Phone: 816-450-3576 Fax: 816-992-8704
Edgerton Municipal Court
Address: 411 Frank Street, PO Box 80, Edgerton, MO 64444
Phone: 816-790-3484 Fax: 816-790-3333
Ferrelview Municipal Court
Address: 205 NW Heady, Ferrelview, MO 64163
Phone: 816-769-9681 Fax: 816-464-2383
Houston Lake Municipal Court
Address: 5417 NW Adrian, Houston Lake, MO 64151
Phone: 816-785-4284 Fax: 816-505-2084
Lake Waukomis Municipal Court
Address: 1147 South Shore Drive, Lake Waukomis, MO 64151
Phone: 816-741-2079 Fax: 816-741-3791
Northmoor Municipal Court
Address: 4907 NW Waukomis Drive, Northmoor, MO 64151
Phone: 816-741-3896 Fax: 816-587-5129
Parkville Municipal Court
Address: 8880 Clark Avenue, Parkville, MO 64152
Phone: 816-741-1332 Fax: 816-741-6246
Platte City Municipal Court
Address: 900 4th Street, Platte City, MO 64079
Phone: 816-858-3618 Fax: 816-858-5981
Platte Woods Municipal Court
Address: 6750 NW Tower Drive, Platte Woods, MO 64151
Phone: 816-741-6688 Fax: 816-741-4261
Riverside Municipal Court
Address: 2950 NW Vivion Road, Riverside, MO 64150
Phone: 816-741-1212 Fax: 816-372-9020
Tracy Municipal Court
Address: PO Box 894, Tracy, MO 64079
Phone: 816-858-5555 Fax: 816-858-5554
Weatherby Lake Municipal Court
Address: 7200 NW Eastside Drive, Weatherby Lake, MO 64152
Phone: 816-741-5545 Fax; 816-741-1480
Weston Municipal Court
Address: 300 Main Street, Weston, MO 64098-1115
Phone: 816-640-2752 Fax: 816-640-2915