Cannon County Criminal Court

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

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.

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.

Cannon County Criminal Court

Cannon County Criminal Court

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Cannon 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.

Who can help me in Cannon County?

For general information about your case the Cannon 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.

Prosecutor in Cannon County

In Cannon County, the prosecutor is an attorney representing Cannon County. In some cases, the prosecutor may actually represent Tennessee. For the most part, the prosecutor in Cannon County has discretion to both decide whether to file charges and also negotiate a potential plea deal with the defendant.

Burden of Proof Requirement

In a criminal case in the United States, the burden of proof always requires the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. This is a high threshold that must be met by the prosecution when presenting evidence in a case. If the prosecution fails in it’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt the judge must find the defendant not guilty. In a jury trial, the judge will inform the jury what this burden is and their obligation to find the defendant not guilty if they feel the prosecution did prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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

Cannon County Criminal Court hearings

Criminal hearings in Cannon County will take place at the Cannon County Criminal Courts. Please see here for a list of the Cannon County Criminal Court Locations.

Plea Agreements

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 Cannon 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.

Mandatory Appearances in Cannon County Criminal Court

At a mandatory or required court appearance in Cannon 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.

Cannon County Arraignments

An arraignment is a court hearing. In Cannon County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Cannon 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 Cannon 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.

Cannon County Criminal Court Locations

  • Cannon County Circuit Court

    Address: 200 West Main Street, Woodbury, TN 37190
    Phone: 615-563-4461 Fax: 615-563-6391

  • Cannon County Chancery Court

    Address: 200 West Main Street, Woodbury, TN 37190
    Phone: 615-563-5936 Fax: 615-563-5696

  • Cannon County General Sessions Court

    Address: 200 West Main Street, Woodbury, TN 37190
    Phone: 615-563-4461 Fax: 615-563-6391

  • Cannon County Juvenile Court

    Address: 200 West Main Street, Woodbury, TN 37190
    Phone: 615-563-4461 Fax: 615-563-6391

  • Woodbury City Court

    Address: 965 West Main Street, Woodbury, TN 37190
    Phone: 615-563-5940

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