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Trial By Jury

According to U.S law, any individual who is charged with a felony has the right to a trial by jury. As a general rule, any individual charged with a crime that involves a possible punishment of incarceration for more than 6 months may request to have his or her case heard by a jury. Individuals are selected for jury duty based on voter-registration records and driver’s license records.

Court proceedings for smaller crimes and misdemeanors are often heard by a judge alone. In cases like these, there is usually little need for a jury to hear the details of the case, and many of the judgments are more administrative and routine, requiring little in the way of deliberation. If you would like to know more about criminal proceedings and defense, contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595.

Trial By Jury Requirements

Jury trials typically follow this procedure:

  • Jury trial request
  • Appoint a criminal defense attorney (although individuals may represent themselves in court)
  • Jurors summoned and selected by the prosecution and defense
  • Court dates and hearings set and attended
  • Judgment made and passed by the jury after the facts of the case have been presented.

The jury is often required to determine whether or not the defendant is guilty of the crime for which he or she is accused as well as sentencing and punitive damages (if any).

Contact an Appleton Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of a crime, contact the experienced Appleton criminal lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595 for the legal assistance you need.