Renville County Criminal Court

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

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Renville County, after both the prosecution and defense have rested, the judge will give instructions to the jury and jury deliberations will begin. The jury will convence in a private room to discuss and deliberate the innocence or guilt of the defendant. Once the jury arrives at a unimanous decision, they will inform the judge that they have reached a decision. They will return to the court and the verdict will be read aloud. If the jury cannot reach a unaminous decision, the jury is said to be deadlocked and a mistrial will be declared in the case.

Who can help me in Renville County?

For general information about your case the Renville 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.

Renville County Criminal Court

Renville County Criminal Court

Renville County Criminal Court hearings

Criminal hearings in Renville County will take place at the Renville County Criminal Courts. Please see here for a list of the Renville County Criminal Court Locations.

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.

Renville County Required Court Appearances

In Renville 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Prosecutor in Renville County

In Renville County, the prosecutor is an attorney representing Renville County. In some cases, the prosecutor may actually represent North Dakota. For the most part, the prosecutor in Renville County has discretion to both decide whether to file charges and also negotiate a potential plea deal with the defendant.

Renville County Arraignments

An arraignment is a court hearing. In Renville County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Renville 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 Renville 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.

Renville County Criminal Court Locations

  • Renville County District Court

    Address: 205 Main St E, PO Box 68, Mohall ND 58761
    Phone: 701-756-6398 Fax: 701-756-6398

  • Glenburn Municipal Court

    Address: 1111 31st Ave, Minot ND 58702
    Phone: 701-839-3213 Fax: 701-852-4886

  • Mohall Municipal Court

    Address: 1111 31st Ave, Minot ND 58702
    Phone: 701-839-3213 Fax: 701-852-4886

  • Sherwood Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 56, Sherwood ND 58782
    Phone: 701-459-2261 Fax: 701-459-2261

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