Meigs County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Meigs County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Meigs County.
Meigs County Criminal Court hearings
Criminal hearings in Meigs County will take place at the Meigs County Criminal Courts. Please see here for a list of the Meigs County Criminal Court Locations.
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.
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.
In a jury trial in Meigs 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.
Arraignments in Meigs County
During an arraignment in Meigs 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 Meigs 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 Meigs County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.
I need help for my Meigs 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 Meigs 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 Meigs 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.
Required Court Appearances in Meigs County
Any required court appearances in Meigs 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.
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.
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 Meigs 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.
Prosecutor in Meigs County
In Meigs County, the prosecutor is an attorney representing Meigs County. In some cases, the prosecutor may actually represent Ohio. For the most part, the prosecutor in Meigs County has discretion to both decide whether to file charges and also negotiate a potential plea deal with the defendant.
Appealing a guilty verdict
A defendant may appeal a guilty verdict to an appellate court. This is not a request to have another trial, but a request for an appellate court to review the case and determine that it was handled in a correct legal manner. There are a number of outcomes in an appeal including an upholding of the conviction, a finding that errors were made resulting in a retrial or resentencing or possibly a complete disimissal of all charges.
Sentencing in Meigs County
In Meigs 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.
Meigs County Criminal Court Locations
Meigs County Court of Common Pleas
Address: 100 E 2nd St, PO Box 151, Pomeroy OH 45769
Phone: 740-992-5290 Fax: 740-992-4429
Meigs County Court of Common Pleas – Probate and Juvenile Division
Address: 100 E 2nd St, Pomeroy OH 45769
Phone: 740-992-6205 (Juvenile) 740-992-3096 (Probate)
Meigs County Court
Address: 100 E 2nd St, Pomeroy OH 45769
Phone: 740-992-2279 Fax: 740-992-4570
Middleport Mayor’s Court
Address: 659 Pearl St, Middleport OH 45760
Pomeroy Mayor’s Court
Address: 660 E Main St, Pomeroy OH 45769
Racine Mayor’s Court
Address: 405 Main St, PO Box 399, Racine OH 45771
Phone: 740-949-2296 Fax: 740-949-2466
Rutland Mayor’s Court
Address: 337 Main St, Rutland OH 45775
Syracuse Mayor’s Court
Address: 2581 3rd St, Syracuse OH 45779