GROVE CITY MAYOR’S COURT – DUI/OVI CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
If you get pulled over and are charged with a traffic or criminal offense such as DUI or OVI in Grove City, Ohio (Franklin County) chances are that your case will be filed in the Grove City Mayor’s Court. Where your case will be filed usually depends on where you were pulled over and what type of officer pulled you over – Grove City police, Columbus police or Ohio Highway Patrol. Whichever the case, our criminal defense and DUI lawyers are here to help.
WHAT IS THE GROVE CITY MAYOR’S COURT?
In Ohio, many townships and municipalities have created local mayor’s courts, which essentially are their own small courthouses. The Grove City Mayor’s Court in Franklin County handles both DUI and OVI (operating a vehicle impaired) and other traffic violations and criminal misdemeanors. Cases are heard by a magistrate appointed by the mayor of Grove City. As with other Ohio mayor’s courts, Grove City Mayor’s Court does not conduct jury trials. If a defendant wants and is entitled to a jury trial, the case is transferred to Franklin County Municipal Court.
Grove City Mayor’s Court is located at 3360 Park Street in downtown Grove City, Ohio and is in session Wednesdays from 9am to 5pm.
WHAT KINDS OF CASES ARE HEARD IN THE GROVE CITY MAYOR’S COURT?
The Grove City Mayor’s Court hears traffic cases and a full range of criminal misdemeanors, including:
- Driving Under Suspension
- Disorderly Conduct
- Marijuana Possession
- Speeding Tickets
- Traffic Tickets
- Other Criminal Misdemeanors
Our Grove City criminal defense lawyers handle the full range of criminal and traffic matters in Grove City Mayor’s Court.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH A FIRST TIME DUI/OVI CHARGE IN GROVE CITY?
- First time DUI and OVI offenses are sent to Grove City Mayor’s Court.
- Arraignment (initial appearance): DUI and OVI arraignments are usually scheduled at 2pm on Wednesdays.
- At the arraignment, the defendant or the DUI/OVI attorney for the defendant can: enter plea to the charge (guilty or not guilty); seek driving privileges; seek a stay on license suspension (puts suspension on hold and gives you a chance to get your license back immediately); file for discovery for the police report, videos or any other evidence that would be used against you in the case.
DO I NEED A LAWYER FOR MY GROVE CITY DUI/OVI OR CRIMINAL CASE?
Criminal, traffic and DUI/OVI convictions, even for a first offense DUI or OVI, can have serious implications for your driving privileges, insurance rates, relationships and employment. Your first step should be to talk with an experienced criminal defense and DUI lawyer. Talking to a lawyer can give you a better understanding of the penalties you may face and what you can expect, even if you think you want to try to handle it alone.
Our criminal defense lawyers have helped ‘good people in bad situations’ for over 20 years. We are an AV-rated firm and we only do criminal defense. Our desire to help people solve their problems and get back in control of their lives adds to the extensive experience we have handling every kind of DUI/OVI, traffic and criminal misdemeanor case that is heard in the Grove City Mayor’s Court.
TALK WITH AN EXPERIENCED GROVE CITY DUI/OVI DEFENSE LAWYER
If you have been charged with DUI, OVI or another criminal offense, we offer a free initial phone or in-person consultation with one of our lawyers. During that meeting, we take an initial look at your case and see what kind of penalties you may be facing and what kind of options you may have.
If you decide to hire us, we start working on your case right away. We will arrange to appear on your behalf at your initial court appearance, which is called an arraignment. We work on getting you driving privileges, or a stay of your administrative license suspension. We talk with the Grove City prosecutor’s office and obtain all of the evidence and documents that the prosecutor plans to use against you in court. For a Grove City DUI, we examine any cruiser videos, police reports and any other documents to uncover whether the arresting police officer followed the proper steps in stopping you, citing or arresting you. We examine if the officer gave all required warnings and properly administered field sobriety tests, as well as conducted any searches or other tests properly and in accordance with the law.