Knox County Common Pleas Court
Knox County Common Pleas Court Contact Information
Address: 117 E. High Street, Suite 201, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Website: Knox County Common Pleas Court
What Cases Go Through the Knox County Common Pleas Court?
The types of cases that can go through the court run the gamut. The court hears many types of criminal cases, as well as civil cases with damages greater than $15,000. For criminal cases, the court deals only with felony offenses (and misdemeanors charged in the same indictment as felonies). Some types of felony offense in the Knox County Common Pleas Court include:
• Felony DUI / OVI
• Vehicular Homicide
• Vehicular Assault
• Felonious Assault
People Working In The Knox County Common Pleas Court
It takes many people to keep the court running smoothly, including the Clerk of Courts. The Clerk of Courts takes care of court orders and all legal documents filed with the court. If you need to see a court file for a case, the Clerk’s office is the place to do it. The clerk also receives payments to the court for fines and court costs. Other personnel in the court include the judge, the judge’s bailiff and administrative assistants, and the prosecutors. The prosecutors handling cases in this court are assistant prosecutors employed by the elected Knox County Prosecuting Attorney.
How Does a Felony Case Proceed?
While all cases are slightly different, they tend to follow the same pattern and go through the same phases. A case starts with the grand jury phase. If the grand jury determines you probably committed an offense, it issues an indictment charging you with that crime. If you receive an indictment, you will also receive a summons to appear in court (unless there was a warrant issued for your arrest). In court, you will first go to an arraignment, where you can plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest. If you plead not guilty, you then go through a pretrial hearing, a possible motion hearing for legal issues, and either a plea hearing or a trial. If you elect to have a trial, a jury or judge will determine whether the prosecutor proved you are guilty. If you’re found guilty, or if you plead guilty to something, you will go to a sentencing hearing. A lawyer will be able to explain in more detail each phase of your felony case.
Help You With Your Case In Knox County
Hiring a lawyer is an important decision. You should research lawyers and choose one with expertise, experience and good customer servicea. The Dominy Law Firm has expertise in criminal defense, particularly in representing clients charged with DUI / OVI, Vehicular Homicide / Vehicular Assault, and other serious vehicular crimes. We practice only in central Ohio courts, and we have experience working in the Knox County Common Pleas Court. You can learn more about our firm on this site, including our prior case results and reviews from prior clients. If you want to know more about we can help, we can set up a free phone consultation to discuss your particular case. We only take on a limited number of clients because we want to give each client the attention he or she needs. To get in touch with us today, you can EMAIL US or call us at 614-717-1177.