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No, as with all criminal charges, only the prosecutor or the judge has the authority to dismiss a charge. Once the approved affidavit has left the City Attorney’s Office, charges will not be dismissed by the prosecutor. You will be required appear in court.
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Evidence is what you provide to prove the allegations made in your affidavit. The prosecution’s burden of proof for a criminal case is “beyond a reasonable doubt”. Before a charge is filed with the court, the prosecutor will consider the evidence to determine if there is sufficient proof.
The type of evidence you will need to submit depends on the allegations made in your affidavit. There are different types of evidence that can be considered by the prosecutor. Some examples are:
After you submit the Electronic Affidavit Form, you will receive an email confirmation from the Jonesboro City Attorney’s Office that will contain instructions for submitting evidence.
The prosecutor will review your affidavit, as well as the evidence you provided, to decide if criminal charges should be filed. Your affidavit will then be denied or approved. This step usually takes less than a week. You may check back with the City Attorney’s Office a week after filing to check the status of your affidavit.
If the affidavit is denied, the process is over and no criminal charges will be filed.
If your affidavit is approved, it will be sent to the District Court Clerk’s Office to have a summons issued.
After a summons is issued, it will be given to the Jonesboro Police Department for service. The police will serve the defendant with a court date, at which they will plea to the criminal charge(s). The length of time this step takes varies and is dependent upon the difficulty of locating the defendant.
A No Contact Order will only be issued if there is a criminal charge issued. If your affidavit is denied for criminal charges a No Contact Order cannot be issued by the Judge.
If your affidavit is approved for criminal charges and a summons is issued, the court can issue a No Contact Order which would be served with the summons. A No Contact Order is not valid until it is served on the defendant by a law enforcement official.
If the defendant pleads not guilty on his/her plea date, the case will be set for trial on a future date. It is at the trial stage that you and your witnesses will receive a subpoena to appear at the trial to testify.
A subpoena is a court order requiring an individual’s appearance at a court hearing.
At the trial, both sides will have the opportunity to tell the judge what happened and to present witness testimony and evidence. The judge decides whether the person is found guilty and if so, the judge decides the sentence. The sentence could impose jail time, fines, probation, public service work, classes or a combination of these.
If you need to check the status of an affidavit, you may contact the Jonesboro City Attorney’s Office.
If the affidavit has been approved by the prosecutor, you may check the status of the court case at: caseinfo.arcourts.gov
Evictions or Civil Disputes:
Orders of Protection / “Restraining Orders":
Misdemeanors that Occur Outside of the Jonesboro City Limits:
Police Reports:Contact the responding police agency directly
Felonies or Juvenile Cases:
Legal Advice (Including Divorce Cases and Child Custody Matters):
Contact your private attorney, if you cannot afford an attorney, contact either Legal Aid of Arkansas (870) 972-9224 for civil matters or the Public Defender’s Office (870) 932-6226 for criminal matters.
Payment Plans or Any Aspect of a Judge’s Sentence:
Reinstatement of Driver Licenses:
Bonds or Inmate Information:
*For more information regarding Craighead District Court cases or Craighead Circuit Court cases, please visit: caseinfo.arcourts.gov