Belmont County Criminal Court

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

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Belmont 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.

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.

Belmont County Criminal Court

Belmont County Criminal Court

Belmont County Required Court Appearances

In Belmont 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.

What if I can’t afford an attorney?

The 6th Amendment guarantees you the right to an attorney whether or not you can afford one. If you cannot afford one, a public defender will be appointed by the court to represent you.

Sentencing in Belmont County

In Belmont 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 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.

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 Belmont 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.

Who is the prosecutor for Belmont County?

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

Where will Belmont County criminal case hearings take place?

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

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.

Arraignments in Belmont County

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

I need help for my Belmont County criminal case

The best place to get information about your criminal case is from an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint one to represent you which will assist in your case. For general information about your case the Belmont County court clerk is able to provide general information about your specific case (e.g. date/time hearings, mandatory appearance, what will take place and what you will be required to do). The court clerk for Belmont County will NOT be able to provide legal advice for your case, only an attorney can provide legal advice. The court clerk can provide legal information (like the information found on this website) about your case but cannot provide advice about what you should do in your legal manner.

Belmont County Criminal Court Locations

  • Belmont County Court of Common Pleas

    Address: 101 W Main St, St. Clairsville OH 43950
    Phone: 740-699-2169 Fax: 740-695-5305

  • Belmont County Court of Common Pleas – Juvenile Court

    Address: 101 W Main St, St. Clairsville OH 43950
    Phone: 740-699-2141 Fax: 740-699-2143

  • Belmont County Court of Common Pleas – Probate Court

    Address: 101 W Main St, St. Clairsville OH 43950
    Phone: 740-699-2144 Fax: 740-232-1731

  • Belmont County Court – Eastern Division

    Address: 400 Imperial Plaza, Bellaire OH 43906
    Phone: 740-676-4490 Fax: 740-671-6100

  • Belmont County Court – Northern Division

    Address: 400 Imperial Plaza, Bellaire OH 43906
    Phone: 740-676-4490 Fax: 740-671-6100

  • Belmont County Court – Western Division

    Address: 147 W Main St, St. Clairsville OH 43950
    Phone: 740-695-2875 Fax: 740-695-7285

  • Barnesville Mayor’s Court

    Address: 132 N Arch St, Barnesville OH 43713
    Phone: 740-425-3444

  • Bellaire Mayor’s Court

    Address: 3197 Belmont St, Bellaire OH 43906
    Phone: 740-676-6539 Fax: 740-671-6055

  • Belmont Mayor’s Court

    Address: 321 3rd St, Belmont OH 43718
    Phone: 740-484-1989 Fax: 740-484-1808

  • Bethesda Mayor’s Court

    Address: 112 S Main St, Bethesda OH 43719
    Phone: 740-484-1250

  • Bridgeport Mayor’s Court

    Address: 301 Main St, Bridgeport OH 43912
    Phone: 740-635-1244

  • Brookside Mayor’s Court

    Address: 875 National Rd, Bridgeport OH 43912
    Phone: 740-635-0558

  • Martins Ferry Mayor’s Court

    Address: 35 S 5th St, Martins Ferry OH 43935
    Phone: 740-633-2876 Fax: 740-633-1446

  • Powhatan Point Mayor’s Court

    Address: 104 Mellott St, Powhatan Point OH 43942
    Phone: 740-795-4201 Fax: 740-795-5764

  • Shadyside Mayor’s Court

    Address: 50 E 39th St, Shadyside, OH 43947
    Phone: 740-676-5972 Fax: 740-676-1084

  • St. Clairsville Mayor’s Court

    Address: 100 N Market St, PO Box 537, St. Clairsville OH 43950
    Phone: 740-695-1324 Fax: 740-695-4069

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