Campbell County Criminal Court

Campbell County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Campbell County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Campbell County.

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.

Where can I get help for my Campbell 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 Campbell 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.

Campbell County Criminal Court

Campbell County Criminal Court

Campbell County Prosecutor

For criminal cases in Campbell County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Campbell County. The Campbell 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.

Campbell County Arraignments

An arraignment is a court hearing. In Campbell County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Campbell County Criminal Court and the judge will read the charges that were filed against the defendant. The judge will also read the rights the defendant has and ask the defendant if they understand both the charges filed against them and their rights as a defendant in the case. In Campbell County a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest may be entered. In a guilty or no contest plea the sentencing of the defendant may take place at the same arraignment hearing or a later date may be scheduled for sentencing. For a not guilty plea, a date will be set for a trial.

Defendant Sentencing

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.

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.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Campbell 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.

Jury Deliberations in Campbell County

In Campbell 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.

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.

Campbell County Criminal Court locations

Criminal proceedings take place in the Campbell County Criminal Courts. A list of the criminal courts are located here.

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 Campbell County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.

Required Court Appearances in Campbell County

Any required court appearances in Campbell 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.

Campbell County Criminal Court Locations

  • Campbell County Circuit Court

    Address: 570 Main Street, PO Box 26, Jacksboro, TN 37757
    Phone: 423-562-2624 Fax: 423-563-0342

  • Campbell County Chancery Court

    Address: 570 Main Street, PO Box 182, Jacksboro, TN 37757
    Phone: 423-562-3496 Fax: 423-562-9732

  • Campbell County General Sessions Court

    Address: 570 Main Street, Jacksboro, TN 37757
    Phone: 423-562-2624 Fax: 423-563-0342

  • Campbell County Juvenile Court

    Address: 576 Main Street, Jacksboro, TN 37757
    Phone: 423-562-2624 Fax: 423-562-0342

  • Caryville City Court

    Address: 4839 Old Highway 63, Caryville, TN 37714
    Phone: 423-526-9478

  • Jacksboro City Court

    Address: 585 Main Street, PO Box 75, Jacksboro, TN 37757
    Phone: 423-562-9312 Fax: 423-566-8121

  • Jellico City Court

    Address: 410 South Main Street, Jellico, TN 37762
    Phone: 423-784-6123

  • Lafollette City Court

    Address: 215 South Tennessee Avenue, Lafollette, TN 37766
    Phone: 423-563-0720

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