Giles County Criminal Court

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

Giles County Criminal Court hearings

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

I need help for my Giles 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 Giles 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 Giles 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.

Giles County Criminal Court

Giles County Criminal Court

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.

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 Giles 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.

Required Court Appearances in Giles County

Any required court appearances in Giles 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.

Prosecutor in Giles County

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

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.

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.

What happens in Giles County at an arraignment?

In Giles 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.

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Giles 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.

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.

Sentencing in Giles County

In Giles 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.

Giles County Criminal Court Locations

  • Giles County Circuit Court

    Address: PO Box 678, Pulaski, TN 38478
    Phone: 931-363-5311 Fax: 931-424-4790

  • Giles County Chancery Court

    Address: PO Box 678, Pulaski, TN 38478
    Phone: 931-363-2620

  • Giles County General Sessions Court

    Address: PO Box 678, Pulaski, TN 38478
    Phone: 931-363-1924

  • Giles County Juvenile Court

    Address: PO Box 678, Pulaski, TN 38478
    Phone: 931-363-5311 Fax: 931-424-4790

  • Ardmore City Court

    Address: 25844 Main Street, PO Box 55, Ardmore, TN 38449
    Phone: 931-427-2124

  • Elkton City Court

    Address: 168 Main Street, PO Box 157, Elkton, TN 38455
    Phone: 931-468-2506

  • Lynnville City Court

    Address: 151 Mill Street, PO Box 158, Lynnville, TN 38472
    Phone: 931-527-3158

  • Minor Hill City Court

    Address: 13200 Minor Hill Highway, PO Box 69, Minor Hill, TN 38473
    Phone: 931-565-3113

  • Pulaski City Court

    Address: 203 South 1st Street, PO Box 633, Pulaski, TN 38478
    Phone: 931-424-4404

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