Schuyler County Criminal Court

Schuyler County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Schuyler County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Schuyler County.

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.

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.

Schuyler County Criminal Court

Schuyler County Criminal Court

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 Criminal Conviciton

A defendant may appeal a criminal conviction to an appellate court. In an appeal, the actual trial is not redone, but the appellate court hears arguments that the criminal case was not handled in a legal manner at the original criminal court. The appellate court can either uphold the conviction, or determine that errors were made and may request a retrial, a resentencing of the defendant or that the charges be dismissed.

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.

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.

Plea Agreements

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 Schuyler 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.

Mandatory Appearances in Schuyler County Criminal Court

At a mandatory or required court appearance in Schuyler 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.

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 New York. 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.

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.

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.

Where can I get help for my Schuyler 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 Schuyler 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.

Schuyler County Criminal Court Locations

  • Schuyler County Surrogate’s Court

    Address: 105 9th Street, Unit 35, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
    Phone: 607-535-7144 Fax: 646-963-6590

  • Schuyler County Court

    Address: 105 9th Street, Unit 35, Watkins Glen NY 14891
    Phone: 607-535-7760 Fax: 646-963-6590

  • Catharine Town Court

    Address: 5182 Park Road, Odessa NY 14869
    Phone: 607-594-2273 Fax: 607-594-2274

  • Cayuta Town Court

    Address: 6360 Route 224, PO Box 22, Cayuta NY 14824
    Phone: 607-594-2888 Fax: 607-594-2888

  • Dix Town Court

    Address: 304 7th Street, Watkins Glen NY 14891
    Phone: 607-535-7973 Ext. 204 Fax: 607-535-2590

  • Hector Town Court

    Address: 5097 Route 227, Burdett NY 14818
    Phone: 607-546-5286 Fax: 607-546-5200

  • Montour Falls Village Court

    Address: 408 West Main Street, PO Box 744, Montour Falls NY 14865
    Phone: 607-535-7362 Fax: 607-535-7076

  • Montour Town Court

    Address: 408 West Main Street, PO Box 353, Montour Falls NY 14865
    Phone: 607-535-2467 Fax: 607-535-2467

  • Odessa Village Court

    Address: 5182 Park Road, Odessa NY 14869
    Phone: 607-594-2273 Fax: 607-594-2274

  • Orange Town Court

    Address: 899 Hornby Road, Beaver Dams NY 14812
    Phone: 607-936-6161 Fax: 607-962-1003

  • Reading Town Court

    Address: Phone: 607-535-7459, Ext. 101 Fax: 607-535-4082

  • Tyrone Town Court

    Address: 435 County Route 23, PO Box 169, Dundee NY 14837
    Phone: 607-292-6695 Fax: 607-292-6695

  • Watkins Glen Village Court

    Address: 303 North Franklin Street, Watkins Glen NY 14891
    Phone: 607-535-9717

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