Cayuga County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Cayuga County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Cayuga County.
Who can help me in Cayuga County?
For general information about your case the Cayuga 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.
Sentencing in Cayuga County
In Cayuga 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.
Jury Deliberations in Cayuga County
In Cayuga 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.
Prosecutor in Cayuga County
In Cayuga County, the prosecutor is an attorney representing Cayuga County. In some cases, the prosecutor may actually represent New York. For the most part, the prosecutor in Cayuga County has discretion to both decide whether to file charges and also negotiate a potential plea deal with the defendant.
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.
Cayuga County Arraignments
An arraignment is a court hearing. In Cayuga County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Cayuga 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 Cayuga 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.
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.
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.
Cayuga County Criminal Court hearings
Criminal hearings in Cayuga County will take place at the Cayuga County Criminal Courts. Please see here for a list of the Cayuga 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 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.
Mandatory Appearances in Cayuga County Criminal Court
At a mandatory or required court appearance in Cayuga 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.
Cayuga County Criminal Court Locations
Cayuga County Surrogate’s Court
Address: 152 Genesee Street, Auburn NY 13021
Phone: 315-237-6210 Fax: 315-237-6211
Cayuga County Court
Address: 152 Genesee Street, Auburn NY 13021
Phone: 315-237-6450 Fax: 315-237-6451
Auburn City Court
Address: 157 Genesee Street, Auburn NY 13021
Phone: 315-237-6420 Fax: 315-237-6421
Aurelius Town Court
Address: 1241 West Genesee Street Road, Auburn NY 13021
Phone: 315-255-0065 Fax: 315-255-0808
Brutus Town Court
Address: 9021 North Seneca Street, PO Box 720, Weedsport NY 13166
Phone: 315-834-6618 Fax: 315-834-7423
Cato Town Court
Address: 11320 Shortcut Road, Cato NY 13033
Conquest Town Court
Address: 1289 Fuller Road, Port Byron NY 13140
Phone: 315-776-6063 Fax: 315-776-5703
Fleming Town Court
Address: 2433 Dublin Road, Auburn NY 13021
Phone: 315-252-1204 Fax: 315-252-1935
Genoa Town Court
Address: 1000 Bartnick Road, Genoa NY 13071
Ira Town Court
Address: 2487 West Main Street, Cato NY 13033
Phone: 315-626-3500 Ext. 7
Ledyard Town Court
Address: 1099 Poplar Ridge Road, Aurora NY 13026
Locke Town Court
Address: 900 Main Street, Locke NY 13092
Mentz Town Court
Address: 14 Sponable Drive, Port Byron NY 13140
Phone: 315-776-9920 Fax: 315-776-9922
Meridian Village Court
Address: 11320 Short Cut Road, Cato NY 13033
Phone: 315-626-6230 Fax: 315-626-3389
Montezuma Town Court
Address: 8102 Dock Street, Montezuma NY 13117
Phone: 315-776-9163 Fax: 315-776-9908
Moravia Town Court
Address: 139 Main Street, PO Box 1146, Moravia NY 13118
Moravia Village Court
Address: 48 West Cayuga Street, PO Box 858, Moravia NY 13118
Phone: 315-497-9295 Fax: 315-497-9295
Niles Town Court
Address: 5921 New Hope Road, Moravia NY 13118
Owasco Town Court
Address: 2 Bristol Avenue, Auburn NY 13021
Phone: 315-253-9021 Ext. 4 Fax: 315-255-3410
Port Byron Village Court
Address: 52 Utica Street, PO Box 398, Port Byron NY 13140
Scipio Town Court
Address: 3705 State Route 34, PO Box 61, Scipio Center NY 13147
Sempronius Town Court
Address: 2481 State Route 41A, Moravia NY 13118
Sennett Town Court
Address: 6931 Cherry Street Road, Auburn NY 13021
Springport Town Court
Address: 859 State Route 326, Cayuga NY 13034
Phone: 315-889-5020 Fax: 315-889-5109
Sterling Town Court
Address: 1290 State Route 104A, Sterling NY 13156
Summerhill Town Court
Address: 13606 State Route 90, Locke NY 13092
Phone: 315-497-3496 Fax: 315-497-3497
Throop Town Court
Address: 7471 Robinson Road, Auburn NY 13021
Phone: 315-253-0089 Fax: 315-252-4222
Venice Town Court
Address: 2479 State Route 34, Venice Center NY 13147
Victory Town Court
Address: 1323 Town Barn Road, Red Creek NY 13143
Phone: 315-626-6462 Fax: 315-626-6747
Weedsport Village Court
Address: 8892 South Street, PO Box 190, Weedsport NY 13166
Phone: 315-834-8634 Fax: 315-834-9110