Crockett County Criminal Court

Crockett County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Crockett County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Crockett County.

I need help for my Crockett 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 Crockett 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 Crockett 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.

Arraignments in Crockett County

During an arraignment in Crockett 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 Crockett 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 Crockett County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.

Crockett County Criminal Court

Crockett County Criminal Court

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.

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.

Where will Crockett County criminal case hearings take place?

Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Crockett County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Crockett County.

Sentencing in Crockett County

In Crockett County if the defendant is found guilty (by trial or plea), the defendant will be sentenced. This sometimes occurrs immediately after being found guilty, but can also take place at a later date. In most instances, a judge will impose the sentence that is requested by the prosecution, but they also have the descretion to impose a different sentence.

Crockett County Prosecutor

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

What if I can’t afford an attorney?

The 6th Amendment guarantees you the right to an attorney whether or not you can afford one. If you cannot afford one, a public defender will be appointed by the court to represent you.

What is a Plea Agreement?

A plea agreement is a deal made between the prosecution and the defendant in a case, where the defendant agrees to plea guilty to a particular charge in exchange for some concession from the prosecutor. In practice, more than 90% of criminal cases end with a plea agreement.

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.

Jury Deliberations in Crockett County

In Crockett 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.

Required Court Appearances in Crockett County

Any required court appearances in Crockett 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.

Crockett County Criminal Court Locations

  • Crockett County Circuit Court

    Address: 1 South Bells Street, Suite 5, Alamo, TN 38001
    Phone: 731-696-5462 Fax: 731-696-2605

  • Crockett County Chancery Court

    Address: 1 South Bells Street, Suite 5, Alamo, TN 38001
    Phone: 731-696-5458 Fax: 731-696-3028

  • Crockett County General Sessions Court

    Address: 1 South Bells Street, Suite 6, Alamo, TN 38001
    Phone: 731-696-5462 Fax: 731-696-2605

  • Crockett County Juvenile Court

    Address: 14 South Johnson Street, Alamo, TN 38001
    Phone: 731-696-5459 Fax: 731-696-2605

  • Alamo City Court

    Address: 74 East Park Street, Alamo, TN 38001
    Phone: 731-696-4515

  • Bells City Court

    Address: PO Box 760, Bells, TN 38006
    Phone: 731-663-2350

  • Friendship City Court

    Address: 555 Main Street, PO Box 265, Friendship, TN 38034
    Phone: 731-677-2396

  • Maury City City Court

    Address: 332 North Broadway, PO Box 245, Maury City, TN 38050
    Phone: 731-656-2119

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