Cumberland County Criminal Court

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

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.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Cumberland 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.

Cumberland County Criminal Court

Cumberland County Criminal Court

Cumberland County Required Court Appearances

In Cumberland 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.

Cumberland County Arraignments

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

Sentencing in Cumberland County

In Cumberland 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.

Who is the prosecutor for Cumberland County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Cumberland County criminal cases will either be a representative of Cumberland County or a representative from Tennessee. 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.

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 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.

Appealing a guilty verdict

A defendant may appeal a guilty verdict to an appellate court. This is not a request to have another trial, but a request for an appellate court to review the case and determine that it was handled in a correct legal manner. There are a number of outcomes in an appeal including an upholding of the conviction, a finding that errors were made resulting in a retrial or resentencing or possibly a complete disimissal of all charges.

Who can help me in Cumberland County?

For general information about your case the Cumberland 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.

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

Cumberland County Criminal Court hearings

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

Cumberland County Criminal Court Locations

  • Cumberland County Circuit Court

    Address: 60 Justice Center Drive, Suite 300, Crossville, TN 38555
    Phone: 931-484-6647 Fax: 931-456-5013

  • Cumberland County Chancery Court

    Address: 60 Justice Center Drive, Suite 226, Crossville, TN 38555
    Phone: 931-484-4731 Fax: 931-787-1642

  • Cumberland County Criminal Court

    Address: 60 Justice Center Drive, Suite 300, Crossville, TN 38555
    Phone: 931-484-5852 Fax: 931-456-5013

  • Cumberland County General Sessions Court

    Address: 60 Justice Center Drive, Suite 300, Crossville, TN 38555
    Phone: 931-484-6647 Fax: 931-456-5013

  • Cumberland County Juvenile Court

    Address: 60 Justice Center Drive, Suite 226, Crossville, TN 38555
    Phone: 931-484-4731 Fax: 931-787-1642

  • Crossville City Court

    Address: 141 Henry Avenue, Crossville, TN 38555
    Phone: 931-484-7231

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