Maury County Criminal Court

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

Where can I get help for my Maury 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 Maury 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.

Maury County Arraignments

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

Maury County Criminal Court

Maury County Criminal Court

Who is the prosecutor for Maury County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Maury County criminal cases will either be a representative of Maury 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.

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.

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.

Where will Maury County criminal case hearings take place?

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

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.

The Right to Trial by Jury

The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by a jury. This is applicable for when the crime can carry a sentence of 6 months in jail OR a $500 fine, these are known as “Serious Crimes”. The defendant can also waive their right to a speedy and public trial.

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 Maury 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.

Required Court Appearances in Maury County

Any required court appearances in Maury 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.

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.

Maury County Criminal Court Locations

  • Maury County Circuit Court

    Address: 41 Public Square, Columbia, TN 38401
    Phone: 931-375-1106 (Criminal) Fax: 931-375-1114

  • Maury County Chancery Court

    Address: 41 Public Square, Columbia, TN 38401
    Phone: 931-375-1307 Fax: 931-375-1319

  • Maury County General Sessions Court Part I

    Address: 41 Public Square, Columbia, TN 38401
    Phone: 931-375-1105 (Criminal/Traffic) Fax: 931-375-1114

  • Maury County General Sessions Court Part II

    Address: 115 North Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, TN 38474
    Phone: 931-379-3340 Fax: 931-379-4864

  • Maury County Juvenile Court

    Address: 41 Public Square, Columbia, TN 38401
    Phone: 931-375-1118 Fax: 931-375-1119

  • Maury County Juvenile Court

    Address: 115 North Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, TN 38474
    Phone: 931-379-3340 Fax: 931-379-4864

  • Columbia City Court

    Address: 707 North Main Street, Columbia, TN 38401
    Phone: 931-560-1520

  • Mount Pleasant City Court

    Address: 100 Public Square, Mount Pleasant, TN 38474
    Phone: 931-379-3201

  • Spring Hill City Court

    Address: 199 Town Center Parkway, Spring Hill, TN 37174
    Phone: 931-486-2252

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