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Misdemeanor Case

General Anatomy of a Misdemeanor Case in District Court

  1. Police investigation by relevant law enforcement agency
  2. Report filed with County Attorney's Office
  3. Review for sufficiency of evidence and charging decision
  4. Misdemeanor charge is filed in District Court
  5. Defendant is served with complaint by way of arrest warrant or summons
  6. First Appearance
    • Reading of charge and range of possible penalties
    • Legal representation
    • Next appearance date
    • Bond
  7. Arraignment
    • Guilty - Move to sentencing
    • Not Guilty - Set for trial
    • No Contest - Move to sentencing
  8. Trial
    • To a judge
    • To a jury of six
    • State bears burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt
    • Defendant may remain silent or present evidence
    • Verdict
      • Guilty
      • Not Guilty
  9. Sentencing

Webpage last updated:  2016-06-21 16:45:46

Contact Information

Christopher B. Phelan, Attorney

Coffey County Attorney's Office
Coffey County Courthouse
110 S 6th St, Room 204
Burlington, KS 66839

Telephone: 620-364-5111 or 800-947-5124

Fax: 620-364-8531

CPhelan@coffeycountyks.org

Hours: Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.