Yazoo County Criminal Court

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

I need help for my Yazoo 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 Yazoo 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 Yazoo 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.

Who is the prosecutor for Yazoo County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Yazoo County criminal cases will either be a representative of Yazoo County or a representative from Mississippi. 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.

Yazoo County Criminal Court

Yazoo County Criminal Court

Can I appeal a guilty verdict?

If found guilty, a defendant may decide to appeal his case to an appelate court. The appellate court will not retry the case, they will examine the proceedings in the lower court to make sure they were done in a legal manner. The appellate court can either uphold the original conviction, or determine that due to errors made in the original trial, that there must be a retrial, resentencing or a complete dismissal of the charges.

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.

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.

Arraignments in Yazoo County

During an arraignment in Yazoo 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 Yazoo 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 Yazoo 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.

Plea Agreements

A Plea Agreement, sometimes known as a Plea Bargain is an agreement between the prosecution and the defendant, where the defendant pleads guilty or no contest often in exchange for a lesser charge or lighter recommended sentence. A large majority of criminal cases end in a plea agreement. In Yazoo County you can inform your attorney to negotiate with the prosecution to attempt to come to a plea agreement, but this is dependent upon the charge severity and also the prosecutors willingness to accept a plea deal.

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Yazoo 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.

Sentencing in Yazoo County

In Yazoo 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.

Where will Yazoo County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Required Court Appearances in Yazoo County

Any required court appearances in Yazoo 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.

Yazoo County Criminal Court Locations

  • Yazoo County Circuit Court

    Address: 211 E Broadway, PO Box 108, Yazoo City MS 39194
    Phone: 662-746-1872 Fax: 662-716-0113

  • Yazoo County Chancery Court

    Address: PO Box 68, Yazoo City MS 39194
    Phone: 662-746-2661 Fax: 662-746-2023

  • County Court of Yazoo County

    Address: 211 E Broadway, PO Box 108, Yazoo City MS 39194
    Phone: 662-746-1872

  • Yazoo County Youth Court

    Address: 211 E Broadway, PO Box 108, Yazoo City MS 39194
    Phone: 662-746-1872

  • Yazoo County Justice Court

    Address: 211 E Broadway St, PO Box 798, Yazoo City MS 39194
    Phone: 662-746-8181 Fax: 662-746-2023

  • Bentonia Municipal Court

    Address: PO Box 310, Bentonia MS 39040
    Phone: 662-755-2281 Fax: 662-755-2281

  • Yazoo City Municipal Court

    Address: 305 Mike Espy Dr, Yazoo City MS 39194
    Phone: 662-314-1017 Fax: 662-746-1568

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