Le Flore County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Le Flore County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Le Flore County.
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 Le Flore 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.
Where will Le Flore County criminal case hearings take place?
Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Le Flore County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Le Flore County.
What happens in Le Flore County at an arraignment?
In Le Flore 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.
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.
Mandatory Appearances in Le Flore County Criminal Court
At a mandatory or required court appearance in Le Flore County, the defendant must appear before the court. In the event of a “Failure to Appear” the judge may issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant. Note: not all criminal hearings are mandatory, in a non-mandatory hearing an attorney may appear on your behalf without you being in court.
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.
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.
Who can help me in Le Flore County?
For general information about your case the Le Flore 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.
Le Flore County Prosecutor
For criminal cases in Le Flore County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Le Flore County. The Le Flore 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.
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 Le Flore County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.
What is Jury Deliberation?
After both the prosecution and defense have presented their cases, the judge in the case will provide instructions to the jury about what they must decide. The jury will be dismissed to the jury room where they will deliberate about the guilt or innocence of the defendant. After reaching a unaminous decision, they return their decision to the court where it is read aloud in the courtroom. If the jury is unable to reach a unaminous decision, the jury is deadlocked, also known as a hung jury, in which a mistrial will be declared.
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.
Le Flore County Criminal Court Locations
Le Flore County District Court
Address: 110 Front Street, PO Box 688, Poteau, OK 74953
Arkoma Municipal Court
Address: 1103 Main Street, Arkoma, OK 74901
Bokoshe Municipal Court
Address: 30010 Main Street, Bokoshe, OK 74930
Heavener Municipal Court
Address: 103 East Avenue B, Heavener, OK 74937
Howe Municipal Court
Address: 21781 West Main Street, Howe, OK 74940
Panama Municipal Court
Address: 100 Kentucky Avenue, Panama, OK 74951
Pocola Municipal Court
Address: 204 South Pocola Blvd, Pocola, OK 74902
Poteau Municipal Court
Address: 110 Peters Street, Poteau, OK 74953
Shady Point Municipal Court
Address: 22714 Wiles Street, Shady Point, OK 74956
Spiro Municipal Court
Address: 131 South Main Street, Spiro, OK 74959
Talihina Municipal Court
Address: 207 1st Street, Talihina, OK 74571
Wister Municipal Court
Address: 101 Caston Avenue, Wister, OK 74966