Winston County Criminal Court

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

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.

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.

Winston County Criminal Court

Winston County Criminal Court

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Winston 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.

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.

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.

Winston County Prosecutor

For criminal cases in Winston County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Winston County. The Winston 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.

I need help for my Winston 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 Winston 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 Winston 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.

Required Court Appearances in Winston County

Any required court appearances in Winston 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.

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.

Winston County Arraignments

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

Where will Winston County criminal case hearings take place?

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

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.

Winston County Criminal Court Locations

  • Winston County Circuit Court

    Address: 113 W Main St, PO Box 785, Louisville MS 39339
    Phone: 662-773-3581 Fax: 662-773-7192

  • Winston County Chancery Court

    Address: 115 S Court Ave, PO Box 69, Louisville MS 39339
    Phone: 662-773-3631 Fax: 662-773-8814

  • Winston County Youth Court

    Address: 115 S Court Ave, PO Box 69, Louisville MS 39339
    Phone: 662-773-3631 Fax: 662-773-8814

  • Winston County Justice Court

    Address: 115 S Court Ave, PO Box 327, Louisville MS 39339
    Phone: 662-773-6016 Fax: 662-773-8817

  • Louisville Municipal Court

    Address: 202 S Church Ave, Louisville MS 39339
    Phone: 662-773-2500 Fax: 662-773-2444

  • Noxapater Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 266, Noxapater MS 39346
    Phone: 662-724-4476 Fax: 662-724-2697

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