Rogers County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Rogers County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Rogers County.
In a jury trial in Rogers 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.
Mandatory Appearances in Rogers County Criminal Court
At a mandatory or required court appearance in Rogers 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.
The Right to Trial by Jury
The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by a jury. This is applicable for when the crime can carry a sentence of 6 months in jail OR a $500 fine, these are known as “Serious Crimes”. The defendant can also waive their right to a speedy and public trial.
Who is the prosecutor for Rogers County?
Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Rogers County criminal cases will either be a representative of Rogers County or a representative from Oklahoma. 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.
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 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.
At a sentence hearing the judge will inform the defendant of the sentence that will be imposed. This sometimes occurs at the same hearing in which the defendant is found guilty (either by trial or plea agreement). In can also occur at a later date, most often this is due to the complexity of the case where more time is needed to determine the appropriate sentence.
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 Rogers County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.
Arraignments in Rogers County
During an arraignment in Rogers 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 Rogers 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 Rogers County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.
Where will Rogers County criminal case hearings take place?
Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Rogers County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Rogers County.
Where can I get help for my Rogers 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 Rogers 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.
Can I request a Plea Agreement?
In Rogers 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.
Rogers County Criminal Court Locations
Rogers County District Court
Address: 200 South Lynn Riggs Blvd, Claremore, OK 74017
Phone: 918-923-4961 Fax: 918-923-4567
Catoosa Municipal Court
Address: 214 South Cherokee Street, PO Box 190, Catoosa, OK 74015
Phone: 918-266-0801 Fax: 918: 266-4140
Chelsea Municipal Court
Address: 637 Olive Street, Chelsea, OK 74016
Claremore Municipal Court
Address: 104 South Muskogee, PO Box 249, Claremore, OK 74018
Phone: 918-341-1325 Fax: 918-341-7705
Inola Municipal Court
Address: 1 West Commercial, Inola, OK 74036
Phone: 918-543-2430 Fax: 918-543-3178
Oologah Municipal Court
Address: 315 East Alta, PO Box 939, Oologah, OK 74053
Talala Municipal Court
Address: 102 West Watova Street, PO Box 52, Talala, OK 74080
Verdigris Municipal Court
Address: 25757 South Highway 66, Verdigris, OK 74019