Franklin County Common Pleas Court

Criminal And DUI/OVI Cases In The The Franklin County Common Pleas Court

This page of the website provides information regarding the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. If you are being investigated for or have been charged with a felony criminal offense, a felony vehicular homicide or vehicular assault, or a felony DUI / OVI offense in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, it would be helpful to read through the information in this website. Before your first court appearance and before you hire a lawyer, you can learn more about your situation and find out more about criminal defense lawyers so you can make an educated decision about hiring an attorney.

For More Information About The Franklin County Common Pleas Court

Address: 345 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 525-3600
Website: Franklin County Common Pleas Court

Felony Cases In Franklin County, Ohio

For criminal cases, the Common Pleas Court has jurisdiction over felony offenses that occur within Franklin County. Misdemeanor criminal cases are heard in the Franklin County Municipal Court. Felony cases heard in this court include:

  • Felony DUI/OVI
  • Aggravated Vehicular homicide
  • Aggravated Vehicular assault
  • Involuntary Manslaughter by vehicle
Judges And Prosecuting Attorneys

In the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, there are 17 judges. After a Not Guilty plea is entered, cases are randomly and permanently assigned to one of the 17 judges. Each judge is individually elected, and each judge has his or her own judicial philosophy.

The attorneys that prosecute cases in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court are part of the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office. That office employs over 100 assistant prosecutors. Most of the prosecutors are assigned to specific courtrooms or floors, but some of the prosecutors are assigned to special units like the drug unit, the economic crime unit, and the DUI/OVI unit.

Case Flow

The precise process for each case varies, depending in part on the judge assigned to the case and depending on how soon in the process the case is resolved. In general, there are typically five or six stages to the process.

Each case begins at the grand jury stage. If a grand jury believes you committed a felony offense, an indictment is issued to notify you that you have been charged with that offense. You then appear at an arraignment where you enter a plea (guilty, no contest, or not guilty). After exchanging evidence with the prosecuting attorney, the next hearing is a pretrial hearing for the attorneys to discuss the case and negotiate. If there have been motions filed, the next stage is a motion hearing for the judge to decide disputed legal issues.

If no agreement has been reached regarding the outcome of the case, there will be a trial, and a jury or judge will determine whether guilt is proven. If you are found guilty of something, or if you plead guilty to something, the final stage is a sentence hearing for the judge to impose a punishment for the offense.

Attorney For Cases In The Franklin County Common Pleas Court

My practice is focused on vehicular homicide and vehicular assault defense, DUI / OVI defense, and criminal defense. Since 1997, I have represented hundreds of clients in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, and most of the cases I currently handle are in Franklin County.

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. Based on this level of service, as well as my expertise, my fees are relatively high. If you would like to discuss how I can help with your case in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, EMAIL ME or call me at 614-717-1177 to arrange a free consultation.