Schuyler County Criminal Court

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

Who is the prosecutor for Schuyler County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Schuyler County criminal cases will either be a representative of Schuyler 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.

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.

Schuyler County Criminal Court

Schuyler County Criminal Court

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 Schuyler County?

For general information about your case the Schuyler 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.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Schuyler 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.

Where will Schuyler County criminal case hearings take place?

Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Schuyler County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Schuyler 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 Schuyler County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.

Schuyler County Required Court Appearances

In Schuyler 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.

Jury Deliberations in Schuyler County

In Schuyler 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.

Sentencing in Schuyler County

In Schuyler 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.

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.

Arraignments in Schuyler County

During an arraignment in Schuyler 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 Schuyler 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 Schuyler County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.

Schuyler County Criminal Court Locations

  • Schuyler County Circuit Court

    Address: Highway 136 East, PO Box 417, Lancaster, MO 63548
    Phone: 660-457-3784 Fax: 660-457-3016

  • Glenwood Municipal Court

    Address: 109 West Washington Street, PO Box 158, Lancaster, MO 63548
    Phone: 660-457-3022

  • Greentop Municipal Court

    Address: Route 2, Box 2, Greentop, MO 63546
    Phone: 660-949-2233

  • Lancaster Municipal Court

    Address: 109 West Washington Street, PO Box 158, Lancaster, MO 63548
    Phone: 660-457-3022

  • Queen City Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 158, Lancaster, MO 63548
    Phone: 660-766-2735

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