McNairy County Criminal Court

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

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.

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.

McNairy County Criminal Court

McNairy County Criminal Court

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 McNairy County?

For general information about your case the McNairy 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.

Where will McNairy County criminal case hearings take place?

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

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

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.

McNairy County Arraignments

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

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.

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.

Mandatory Appearances in McNairy County Criminal Court

At a mandatory or required court appearance in McNairy 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.

Prosecutor in McNairy County

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

McNairy County Criminal Court Locations

  • McNairy County Circuit Court

    Address: 300 Industrial Park Drive, Selmer, TN 38375
    Phone: 731-645-1015 Fax: 731-645-1003

  • McNairy County Chancery Court

    Address: 170 West Court Avenue, Selmer, TN 38375
    Phone: 731-645-5446

  • McNairy County General Sessions Court

    Address: 300 Industrial Park Drive, Selmer, TN 38375
    Phone: 731-645-1015 Fax: 731-645-1003

  • Mc Nairy County Juvenile Court

    Address: 330 Industrial Park Drive, Selmer, TN 38375
    Phone: 731-645-1020

  • Adamsville City Court

    Address: 231 East Main Street, PO Box 301, Adamsville, TN 38310
    Phone: 731-632-1401

  • Bethel Springs City Court

    Address: Main Street, PO Box 214, Bethel Springs, TN 38315
    Phone: 731-934-7266

  • Finger City Court

    Address: PO Box 98, Finger, TN 38334
    Phone: 731-934-4677

  • Ramer City Court

    Address: 16 Key Lane, Ramer, TN 38367
    Phone: 731-645-7564

  • Selmer City Court

    Address: 1445 North 2nd Street, Selmer, TN 38375
    Phone: 731-645-7907

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