If you have been charged with a crime in Bibb County, then you have come to the right place. We specialize in criminal defense and stand ready to defend you. The first question that needs to be answered is where your case will be heard. In Bibb County, all the various courts are housed within the judicial center located at 601 Mulberry St., Macon, Georgia 31201. Once you arrive at the judicial center, you will need to find your particular court and courtroom. If you were arrested or cited within the city limits of Macon, then your case may begin in the Macon-Bibb County Municipal Court. The municipal court only hears low-level offenses including traffic violations, DUIs, and various other misdemeanors and city ordinance violations. In municipal court, you can have a bench trial where the judge hears the evidence and makes a ruling, but you cannot have a jury trial wherein your peers would decide your fate. Therefore, we only resolve a case in municipal court if we can get a better resolution than we otherwise would in state court. If we cannot get a favorable result in municipal court, then we request a jury trial which requires the case to be transferred to state court. You can find more info about the municipal court on their website: https://www.maconbibb.us/municipal-court/.
As mentioned above, any state law crime that originates in municipal court can be transferred to Bibb County State Court by requesting a jury trial, but more serious misdemeanors will go straight to state court from the outset. Once your case is in state court, we continue our negotiations with the Bibb County Solicitor-General’s Office which prosecutes cases in state court. If we are unable to obtain a resolution you find acceptable, then we maintain our demand for a jury trial and present your case to a six-person jury of your peers from Bibb County. You can find more info about the solicitor-general and state court on their respective websites: https://www.maconbibb.us/solicitor/ and https://www.maconbibb.us/state-court/.
All felonies will be ultimately be heard in the Bibb County Superior Court, but initial appearances, bond hearings, and preliminary hearings are held in the Bibb County Magistrate Court (and sometimes these appearances are held at the jail with a magistrate judge presiding). If the magistrate judge finds sufficient evidence to support your charges, then your case proceeds to the Bibb County Superior Court where we begin negotiations with the Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office. If we are unable to obtain a resolution you find acceptable, then we maintain our demand for a jury trial and present your case to a twelve-person jury of your peers from Bibb County. You can find more info about the district attorney, magistrate court, and superior court on their respective websites: https://macondistrictattorney.org, https://www.maconbibb.us/civil-court/, and https://www.maconbibb.us/superior-court/.
If you have been charged with a crime in Macon-Bibb County, call us today at 404-581-0999 to ensure you get the best outcome possible.