Delaware County Common Pleas Court
This page provides you with information about the Delaware County Common Pleas Court. If you have been charged with a felony DUI / OVI offense or a felony vehicular homicide or vehicular assault in the Delaware County Common Pleas Court, reading the information in this website can be very helpful. Before hiring a lawyer or attending the first court appearance, you should educate yourself about your situation and criminal defense lawyers so you can make an informed decision regarding hiring an attorney.For More Information About The Delaware County Common Pleas Court
Address: 91 North Sandusky Street, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: (740) 833-2500
Website: Delaware County Common Pleas Court
The Common Pleas Court has jurisdiction over felony criminal offenses that occur in Delaware County. Misdemeanor criminal cases are heard in the Delaware County Municipal Court. Felony cases heard in this court include:
- Aggravated Vehicular homicide
- Aggravated Vehicular assault
- Involuntary Manslaughter by vehicle
- Felony DUI/OVI
In the Delaware County Common Pleas Court, there are two judges: Judge Krueger and Judge Gormley. At the beginning of a criminal case, the case is randomly assigned to one of those two judges, and the case is assigned to the judge permanently. The judges are individually elected, and each judge has his own courtroom procedure and judicial philosophy.
The Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office is responsible for prosecuting the criminal cases in the Delaware Common Pleas Court, and that office employs several assistant prosecutors. Each case is typically assigned to one of the assistant prosecutors, and the assistant prosecutor assigned to a case ordinarily stays with the case through completion.Typical Process
For Criminal Cases
The exact court process for each case varies, depending on various factors, including the phase at which the case is resolved. There are generally five or six phases in the process. The beginning of a case is the grand jury hearing. If the grand jury concludes there is probable cause to believe you committed a felony crime, the grand jury issues an indictment to give you notice that you were charged with that crime. After receiving the indictment, your first court appearance is an arraignment. At the arraignment, you are given the options of pleading guilty, pleading no contest, or pleading not guilty. If you plead not guilty, you or your attorney exchanges evidence with the prosecutor (discovery). . Your next court appearance is a pretrial hearing. At the pretrial hearing, the lawyers have a conversation about the case and engage in plea negotiations. If a plea agreement is not reached at the pretrial hearing, and if there are legal issued that need decided, the next court appearance is a motion hearing. At the motion hearing, witnesses testify, attorneys make arguments, and the judge makes a decision about contested legal issues. If there still is no plea agreement reached, your case will be scheduled for a trial. At the trial, the prosecution puts on evidence to prove your guilt, and you have the opportunity to cross-examine the prosecution witnesses and present your own evidence. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury or judge will render a verdict of guilty or not guilty. If the jury or judge finds you guilty, or if you plead guilty, the final court appearance is a sentence hearing for the judge to announce the sentence.Attorney For Cases In The Delaware County Common Pleas Court
I have represented clients (including college students) in the Delaware County Common Pleas court since the beginning of my career in 1997. Initially, I had an office in downtown Delaware and another office in downtown Columbus. Now, I have an office on Polaris Parkway, and I continue to practice in both counties.
My practice is focused on vehicular homicide and vehicular assault defense, and DUI / OVI defense. For more information about me, please see my profile, and for more details about my practice, please see the firm overview. You can also see what clients say and review my past case results. I limit the number of cases I accept so I can provide personal service to my clients. Due to this level of service, and my expertise, my fees are at the high end of the fee scale. If you would like to discuss how I can help with your case in the Delaware County Common Pleas Court, EMAIL ME or call me at 614-717-1177 to arrange a free consultation.