Lee County Criminal Court

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

Lee County Criminal Court locations

Criminal proceedings take place in the Lee County Criminal Courts. A list of the criminal courts are located here.

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.

Lee County Criminal Court

Lee County Criminal Court

The Right to Counsel

The Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the U.s. Constitution give defendants in criminal cases the right to counsel/attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to represent you. Like other rights a defendant has, this one can be waived as well and alternatively you can choose to represent yourself.

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.

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.

I need help for my Lee 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 Lee 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 Lee 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.

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.

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.

Lee County Prosecutor

For criminal cases in Lee County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Lee County. The Lee County prosecutor reviews all evidence and ultimately decides whether to file or dismiss charges in the case. Most of the time, the prosecutor has leeway in plea negotiations and determines how the case will be prosecuted.

Lee County Arraignments

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

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Lee 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 Lee County

Any required court appearances in Lee 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.

Lee County Criminal Court Locations

  • Lee County Circuit Court

    Address: 200 W Jefferson St, PO Box 762, Tupelo MS 38802
    Phone: 662-841-9024 Fax: 662-680-6079

  • Lee County Chancery Court

    Address: 200 W Jefferson St, PO Box 7127, Tupelo MS 38802
    Phone: 662-841-9100 Fax: 662-680-6091

  • County Court of Lee County

    Address: 200 W Jefferson St, PO Box 762, Tupelo MS 38802
    Phone: 662-841-9024 Fax: 662-680-6079

  • Lee County Youth Court

    Address: PO Box 736, Tupelo MS 38802
    Phone: 662-841-9730 Fax: 662-841-9732

  • Lee County Justice Court

    Address: 331 N Broadway St, PO Box 108, Tupelo MS 38802
    Phone: 662-841-9014

  • Baldwyn Municipal Court

    Address: 202 S 2nd St, Baldwyn MS 38824
    Phone: 662-365-1041 Fax: 662-365-1046

  • Guntown Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 27, Guntown MS 38849
    Phone: 662-348-5353 Fax: 662-348-2319

  • Nettleton Municipal Court

    Address: 124 Short Ave, Nettleton MS 38858
    Phone: 662-963-2605 Fax: 662-963-2168

  • Plantersville Municipal Court

    Address: 2587 Main St, PO Box 507, Plantersville MS 38862
    Phone: 662-844-2012 Fax: 662-840-9565

  • Saltillo Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 1426, Saltillo MS 38866
    Phone: 662-869-5454 Fax: 662-869-5689

  • Shannon Municipal Court

    Address: 225 Broad St, PO Box 6, Shannon MS 38868
    Phone: 662-767-9747 Fax: 662-767-3206

  • Tupelo Municipal Court

    Address: 316 Court St, PO Box 765, Tupelo MS 38802
    Phone: 662-841-6516 Fax: 662-841-6410

  • Verona Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 2363, Verona MS 38879
    Phone: 662-566-2211 Fax: 662-566-2209

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