OVI / DUI Lawyer For Mount Vernon, Ohio

DUI / OVI In Mount Vernon, Ohio

This website page is for people seeking information on DUI/OVI in Mount Vernon, Ohio. DUI/OVI tickets in Mount Vernon are written by at least three law enforcement agencies: the Mount Vernon Police Department, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Mount Vernon is the county seat of Knox County, and the misdemeanor DUI/OVI cases are filed in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court.

If you were charged with DUI/OVI in the Mount Vernon area, you probably have many questions. What is the court process? Should I contest the charge or should I plead guilty? Will hiring an attorney make a difference in the outcome of the case? These frequently asked questions are answered in various pages of this website. These topics and others are also addressed in the book ‘I Was Charged With DUI/OVI – Now What?!’ That book is a quick read and discusses what you should know before going to court and before hiring a lawyer. The paperback version is available for sale in online bookstores and the e-book version is available as a free download from this website.

The Court Process For Mount Vernon DUI / OVI Cases

For DUI/OVI cases, the first court appearance takes place within a few days of receiving the ticket. Plea bargaining typically does not take place at the first court appearance, so the options are pleading guilty, pleading no contest, and pleading not guilty. If a guilty plea or no contest plea is entered, the case is finished quickly.

If a not guilty plea is entered, the case will be scheduled for additional hearings. The second hearing is ordinarily a pretrial hearing. At this hearing, the prosecution and defense discuss the case and engage in plea negotiations. The case may be finished at this hearing. If the case is not finished at the pretrial, there may be a motion hearing for the judge to rule on the admissibility of evidence. If the case is not resolved at the motion hearing, it will be scheduled for a trial. At a trial, a jury or judge decides if the evidence proves the defendant’s guilt. If there is a guilty finding, a sentence hearing is held for the judge to impose the sentence.

As the first court appearance is held soon after the ticket is issued, you’ll want to make some decisions fairly quickly. First, you’ll want to decide whether you will plead guilty or contest the case. Second, you’ll want to determine whether you will hire an attorney. Third, if you choose to hire an attorney, you’ll need to select an attorney to represent you. If you are contesting the case, you’ll want to select an attorney with experience and expertise in DUI/OVI defense.

Lawyer For Mount Vernon, Ohio DUI / OVI Cases

Shawn Dominy has experience and expertise in DUI/OVI defense. He has been practicing since 1997, and DUI/OVI defense is the main focus of the Dominy Law Firm. Shawn Dominy participates in professional organizations which provide education and training specifically for DUI/OVI lawyers, including the DUI Defense Lawyers Association and the National College for DUI Defense. He also teaches DUI/OVI to other lawyers at state and local seminars.

For more information about attorney Shawn Dominy, please see this site’s attorney profile. If you are interested in the client reviews and case outcomes of the Dominy Law Firm, please see this site’s client reviews and case results pages. If you would like to schedule a free phone consultation with Shawn Dominy, please call the Dominy Law Firm at 614-717-1177 or complete this contact form.