Sevier County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Sevier County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Sevier 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 Sevier County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.
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.
Where will Sevier County criminal case hearings take place?
Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Sevier County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Sevier County.
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 Sevier 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.
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.
Sevier County Arraignments
An arraignment is a court hearing. In Sevier County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Sevier 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 Sevier 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.
Jury Deliberations in Sevier County
In Sevier 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.
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.
Prosecutor in Sevier County
In Sevier County, the prosecutor is an attorney representing Sevier County. In some cases, the prosecutor may actually represent Utah. For the most part, the prosecutor in Sevier County has discretion to both decide whether to file charges and also negotiate a potential plea deal with the defendant.
Sevier County Required Court Appearances
In Sevier 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 Sevier 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 Sevier 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 Sevier 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.
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.
Sevier County Criminal Court Locations
6th District Court – Sevier County
Address: 895 East 300 North, Richfield, UT 84701
Phone: 435-896-2700 Fax: 435-896-8047
6th District Juvenile Court – Sevier County
Address: 845 East 300 North, Richfield, UT 84701
Phone: 435-896-2700 Fax: 435-896-8047
Aurora Justice Court
Address: 240 North 200 West, PO Box 477, Aurora, UT 84620
Phone: 435-529-7643 Fax: 435-529-3808
Salina Justice Court
Address: 90 West Main Street, PO Box 69, Salina, UT 84654
Phone: 435-529-3651 Fax: 435-529-1235
Sevier County Justice Court
Address: 250 North Main Street, Suite 124, Richfield, UT 84701
Phone: 435-893-0461 Fax: 435-896-8888