Monroe County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Monroe County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Monroe County.
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.
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 Monroe County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.
What happens in Monroe County at an arraignment?
In Monroe 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.
Monroe County Required Court Appearances
In Monroe 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.
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 Monroe 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.
I need help for my Monroe 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 Monroe 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 Monroe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monroe County Criminal Court locations
Criminal proceedings take place in the Monroe County Criminal Courts. A list of the criminal courts are located here.
Prosecutor in Monroe County
In Monroe County, the prosecutor is an attorney representing Monroe County. In some cases, the prosecutor may actually represent Pennsylvania. For the most part, the prosecutor in Monroe County has discretion to both decide whether to file charges and also negotiate a potential plea deal with the defendant.
Monroe County Criminal Court Locations
Monroe County Court of Common Pleas
Address: 610 Monroe St, Stroudsburg PA 18360
Phone: 570-517-3370 (Prothonotary – Civil) Fax: 570-420-3582
Monroe County Magisterial District Court 43-2-01
Address: 823-A Ann St, Stroudsburg PA 18360
Phone: 570-420-3492 Fax: 570-420-3487
Monroe County Magisterial District Court 43-2-02
Address: 98 Day St, East Stroudsburg PA 18301
Phone: 570-420-3496 Fax: 570-420-3489
Monroe County Magisterial District Court 43-3-01
Address: 5560 Municipal Drive, Tobyhanna PA 18466
Phone: 570-894-8566 Fax: 570-894-5030
Monroe County Magisterial District Court 43-3-02
Address: 1211 N 5th St, #103, PO Box 997, Stroudsburg PA 18360
Phone: 570-420-3494 Fax: 570-420-3488
Monroe County Magisterial District Court 43-3-03
Address: 234 Old Mill Rd, PO Box 736, Tannersville PA 18372
Phone: 570-629-1460 Fax: 570-629-1627
Monroe County Magisterial District Court 43-3-04
Address: 1479 Route 209, PO Box 218, Brodheadsville PA 18322
Phone: 570-992-4919 Fax: 570-992-4690
Monroe County Magisterial District Court 43-4-01
Address: 1155 Red Fox Rd, PO Box 1127, Marshalls Creek PA 18335
Phone: 570-223-1287 Fax: 570-223-1813
Monroe County Magisterial District Court 43-4-02
Address: 6689 Route 191, PO Box 213, Mountainhome PA 18342
Phone: 570-595-2520 Fax: 570-595-0417
Monroe County Magisterial District Court 43-4-03
Address: 103B Gypsum Rd, Stroudsburg PA 18360
Phone: 570-992-6346 Fax: 570-992-4757
Monroe County Magisterial District Court 43-4-04
Address: 1878 Route 940, PO Box 116, Pocono Pines PA 18350