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Germantown, Bartlett, Collierville, and Memphis Criminal Courts- Is There a Difference?

If you have received a traffic citation, been arrested, or been issued a misdemeanor citation in the Mid-South area, then more likely than not your case was handled by the judges and prosecutors in Germantown, Bartlett, Collierville, or Memphis, Shelby County. People often ask if there are any differences in these four main criminal court systems servicing the Memphis area.

If you hire a highly qualified Memphis criminal defense attorney with years of experience operating in all of these court systems, then there really isn’t much of a difference in the way in which your case is handled. While there are different judges and prosecutors in the Germantown, Bartlett, Collierville, and Memphis court systems, most cases are handled, negotiated, and tried in a similar fashion. The main differences in these courts is the starting time and day in which criminal court operates.  

Shelby County General Sessions Court

The largest of all Mid-South court systems, the Shelby County General Sessions Court handles over 100,000 cases a year, including traffic tickets, misdemeanor and felony charges, and environmental matters. Court is held Monday-Friday (except Holidays and weather related closings) beginning at 9:00 a.m.  

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Shelby County Criminal Court

There are ten presiding Judges who oversee the Shelby County Criminal Court. They only hear criminal cases, where one is allowed a trial by jury should they make such a request. The operating hours and days are the same as the Shelby County General Sessions court, with both being located at The Criminal Justice Center, 201 Poplar, Memphis, TN 38103.

Germantown Municipal Court

Traffic violations and criminal charges held in Germantown proceed each Wednesday evening of the month. Some traffic violations can be handled by contact the clerk’s office before the assigned court date, otherwise you will appear in court at 1930 S. Germantown Road, Germantown, TN 38138. For more information on The Germantown Municipal Court, and the matters they handle, please visit their website.

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Bartlett Municipal Court

Bartlett, like Germantown, handles traffic violations and criminal offenses on set days of the week each month. In Bartlett Court, Division I is held each Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. while Division II is held each Monday at 12:00 p.m. Bartlett Municipal Court is located at 3730 Appling Road, Bartlett, TN 38133.

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Collierville Municipal Court

Collierville Court is in session each Tuesday and Thursday at either 8:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m., depending on your type of case. Collierville Municipal Court is held at 101 Walnut Street, Collierville, TN 38017.  

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Types of Cases

Germantown, Bartlett, Collierville, and Shelby County General Sessions Courts handle felonies and misdemeanors up to and thru the preliminary hearing stage. After a criminal case advances past the preliminary hearing it is bound over to the Shelby County Grand Jury for indictment where said case can be indicted and assigned to one of ten above mentioned Judges in Shelby County Criminal Court for further proceedings.  

Chiozza Law Firm

Being charged with a crime, no matter the type, can be nerve wracking, confusing, and downright scary. Having the legal defense team at The Chiozza Law Firm will ease your anxiety, while explaining the charges and legal proceeding to you every step of the way.  

Our attorneys believe that, if possible, a dismissal should be sought in each and every criminal matter. While this is not always possible, we can also try to limit the punishment one receives after being accused of a criminal offense. Our attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience in the Shelby County Criminal system, including Bartlett, Germantown, and Collierville.

We have diligently represented Memphis and Shelby County residents who have made mistakes and are looking for a confidential, knowledgeable, and compassionate voice to share in their defense. We believe that good people can sometimes make poor choices, but that doesn’t mean their actions should haunt them forever. Criminal charges can affect your employment ability and personal life. The right representation can help limit the exposure criminal charges can have on your life.

We also believe in charging a reasonable fee for our services, one you can afford while allowing us to fight for your rights. Facing criminal charges of any kind is stressful enough, therefore we believe in charging a reasonable fee that won’t place additional and unneeded stress on you or your family. We happily work out payment arrangements with all of our clients.  

Call 901-526-9494 to speak with an attorney or feel free to drop by our office, conveniently located just a block behind 201 Poplar in downtown Memphis. No appointment is necessary, and all consultations are confidential and free of charge.  

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