Auglaize County Criminal Court

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

Where will Auglaize County criminal case hearings take place?

Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Auglaize County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Auglaize County.

Jury Deliberations in Auglaize County

In Auglaize 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.

Auglaize County Criminal Court

Auglaize County Criminal Court

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.

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.

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 Auglaize County

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

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.

Who can help me in Auglaize County?

For general information about your case the Auglaize 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.

Required Court Appearances in Auglaize County

Any required court appearances in Auglaize County Criminal Court must be attended by the defendant. Failure to appear in court at your required date and time may result in the judge issuing an arrest warrant.

Who is the prosecutor for Auglaize County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Auglaize County criminal cases will either be a representative of Auglaize County or a representative from Ohio. 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.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Auglaize 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.

Auglaize County Criminal Court Locations

  • Auglaize County Court of Common Pleas

    Address: 201 Willipie St, #043, PO Box 409, Wapakoneta OH 45895
    Phone: 419-739-6765 Fax: 419-739-6768

  • Auglaize County Municipal Court

    Address: 201 Willipie St, #043, PO Box 409, Wapakoneta OH 45895
    Phone: 419-738-6767 Fax: 419-739-6768

  • Auglaize County Municipal Court

    Address: Physical: 114 N Main St, St. Marys OH 45885
    Phone: 419-739-6766 (Traffic/Criminal) Fax: 419-739-6768

  • Cridersville Mayor’s Court

    Address: 110 W Main St, Cridersville OH 45806
    Phone: 419-645-4111

  • Minster Mayor’s Court

    Address: 126 W Fourth St, PO Box 25, Minster OH 45865
    Phone: 419-628-2378 Fax: 419-628-4430

  • New Bremen Mayor’s Court

    Address: 214 N Washington St, PO Box 11, New Bremen OH 45869
    Phone: 419-629-2447 or 419-629-3371

  • New Knoxville Mayor’s Court

    Address: 101 S Main St, PO Box 246, New Knoxville OH 45871
    Phone: 419-753-4501 Fax: 419-753-2119

  • Waynesfield Mayor’s Court

    Address: 300 N Westminster St, Waynesfield OH 45896
    Phone: 419-568-4991 Fax: 419-568-6685

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