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P.O. Box 1220
||Monday - Friday
8:30 to 4:30
The Jefferson County
District Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor
crimes. Gross misdemeanor
crimes carry a maximum penalty of one (1) year in jail and/or a $5,000.00
fine; misdemeanors are subject to a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail
and/or a $1,000.00 fine. The
most common criminal charges include Domestic Violence charges, Assaults
& Thefts. Criminal
traffic charges like Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and
Driving While License Suspended are also filed into this Court.
you have been charged with a crime and were not booked into the Jefferson
County Jail, your appearance date should be noted on the citation you
received from the officer directly above your signature.
If your were booked into jail and have bailed out, you should have
received a court date from the corrections officer at the jail.
You must appear in Court at the time and date given or a warrant
for your arrest may issue. Court
hearings begin promptly at the time indicated on your notice.
If you are late, your case may not be heard on that date.
There are often a number of cases scheduled on the date you are to
appear. Please remain in the
courtroom until your case is called or you may have to wait till the end
of the docket.
first appearance in Court will be for an arraignment.
At the arraignment hearing, you will be informed of your rights by
the judge, you will be informed of the charge and the maximum jail term
and/or fine that can be imposed, you will be asked to state your name and
your mailing address, you will be asked whether you want to be represented
by an attorney, and you will be asked to enter a plea of guilty or not
guilty. You will be asked to sign a form which sets forth your rights
and indicates you have been informed of them.
By signing the form, you are not waiving, i.e. giving up any of
your rights. You do not
necessarily need an attorney at arraignment.
If you do not wish to plead guilty and think you qualify for a
public defender you may ask for one at the arraignment hearing, or you may
come into the office anytime before the hearing to complete a
of Indigence form. The
Determination of Indigence form requires you to provide information
regarding your financial situation. That
information is confidential. If approved, an attorney from the Jefferson
Associated Counsel will be appointed and sent all the information
on your case. You will be
provided with your attorney’s address and phone number.
It will be up to you to
contact your attorney, they will not contact you.
If your application is denied, you will need to retain your own
attorney at your own expense.
arraignment following a plea of not guilty, the Court will generally
impose conditions of release. Depending
on the seriousness of the alleged offense, you may be ordered to refrain
from contacting the alleged victim, prohibited from possessing alcohol or
dangerous weapons, or restricted from traveling outside the State.
You will be provided with a copy of a written order imposing
conditions of release. A date
will be set for a pretrial hearing approximately 40 days after your
arraignment. The purpose of a
pretrial hearing is to review the status of the case and determine whether
it is ready to be set for trial.
you are not represented by an attorney and need to continue an arraignment
hearing you must call the Court. You
cannot continue a hearing over e-mail.
Have your name, case number and the date of your hearing ready.
Clerks are authorized to continue arraignment hearings only for
good cause. If you have an
attorney, do not contact the Court. Contact
your attorney and he/she will contact the Court.