Creek County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Creek County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Creek 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.
What happens in Creek County at an arraignment?
In Creek County the defendant is brought into court and informed by the judge of the charges that have been filed against them along with informing them of their rights. At this time, the defendant can plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. If the defendant pleads guilty or no contest, there will be no trial and the defendant may be sentenced immediately or at a later date. If the defendant pleads not guilty a trial date is set.
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.
Jury Deliberations in Creek County
In Creek 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.
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.
Can I request a Plea Agreement?
In Creek 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.
Right to an attorney
The US Constitution’s Sixth Amendment ensures the right to an attorney regardless of whether or not you can afford one. In Creek County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.
Creek County Prosecutor
For criminal cases in Creek County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Creek County. The Creek County prosecutor reviews all evidence and ultimately decides whether to file or dismiss charges in the case. Most of the time, the prosecutor has leeway in plea negotiations and determines how the case will be prosecuted.
Where can I get help for my Creek 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 Creek 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.
Creek County Criminal Court locations
Criminal proceedings take place in the Creek County Criminal Courts. A list of the criminal courts are located here.
Required Court Appearances in Creek County
Any required court appearances in Creek 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.
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.
Creek County Criminal Court Locations
Creek County District Court
Address: 222 East Dewey Avenue, Sapulpa, OK 74067
Phone: 918-227-2525 Fax: 918-227-5030
Bristow Municipal Court
Address: 110 West 7th Street, Bristow, OK 74010
Depew Municipal Court
Address: 407 East Main Street, PO Box 357, Depew, OK 74028
Drumright Municipal Court
Address: 122 West Broadway, Drumright, OK 74030
Kellyville Municipal Court
Address: 410 East Buffalo Street, PO Box 1260, Kellyville, OK 74039
Kiefer Municipal Court
Address: 401 East Indiana Avenue, Kiefer, OK 74041
Mannford Municipal Court
Address: 300 Coonrod Avenue, PO Box 327, Mannford, OK 74044
Phone: 918-865-4314 Fax: 918-865-5270
Mounds Municipal Court
Address: 1317 Commercial Avenue, PO Box 310, Mounds, OK 74047
Phone: 918-827-6711 Fax: 918-827-4960
Oilton Municipal Court
Address: 101 West Main Street, PO Box 400, Oilton, OK 74052
Phone: 918-862-3202 Fax: 918-862-3203
Sapulpa Municipal Court
Address: 425 East Dewey Avenue, Sapulpa, OK 74066
Shamrock Municipal Court
Address: 101 East 5th Street, PO Box 351, Shamrock, OK 74068