Marion County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Marion County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Marion County.
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.
Where will Marion County criminal case hearings take place?
Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Marion County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Marion County.
Marion County Required Court Appearances
In Marion 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.
I need help for my Marion 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 Marion 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 Marion 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.
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 Marion County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.
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.
Prosecutor in Marion County
In Marion County, the prosecutor is an attorney representing Marion County. In some cases, the prosecutor may actually represent West Virginia. For the most part, the prosecutor in Marion County has discretion to both decide whether to file charges and also negotiate a potential plea deal with the defendant.
Jury Deliberations in Marion County
In Marion 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.
Sentencing in Marion County
In Marion 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.
Arraignments in Marion County
During an arraignment in Marion 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 Marion 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 Marion County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.
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.
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.
Marion County Criminal Court Locations
Marion County Circuit Court
Address: 219 Adams Street, Room 211, Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: 304-367-5360 Fax: 304-367-5374
Marion County Magistrate Court
Address: 200 Jackson Street, Room 211, Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: 304-367-5330 Fax: 304-367-5336
Barrackville Municipal Court
Address: 716 Pike Street, PO Box 26, Barrackville, WV 26559
Phone: 304-366-9372 Fax: 304-367-3053
Fairmont Municipal Court
Address: 500 Quincy Street, Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: 304-366-9280 Ext. 443 Fax: 304-366-5533
Fairview Municipal Court
Address: 407 Main Street, Drawer 119, Fairview, WV 26570
Farmington Municipal Court
Address: 1314 Mill Street, PO Box 520, Farmington, WV 26571
Mannington Municipal Court
Address: 206 Main Street, Mannington, WV 26582
Phone: 304-986-2700 Fax: 304-986-2125
Monongah Municipal Court
Address: 430 Bridge Street, PO Box 2098, Monongah, WV 26554
Phone: 304-534-3365 Fax: 304-534-5180
Rivesville Municipal Court
Address: 142 Main Street, PO Box 45, Rivesville, WV 26588
White Hall Municipal Court
Address: 3 Timrod Drive, White Hall, WV 26554
Phone: 304-367-1687 Fax: 304-367-1020
Worthington Municipal Court
Address: 274 Main Street, PO Box 265, Worthington, WV 26591