Marion County Common Pleas Court

Criminal Cases And DUI / OVI Cases In The Marion County Common Pleas Court
Are you facing a felony charge in Marion County? The Dominy Law Firm represents clients in the Marion County Common Pleas Court for criminal offenses and DUI / OVI offenses.  Before you think about hiring a law firm, though, you need to know as much as possible about the court, the offense(s) with which you are charged, and other topics related to your case. 

This website is a good source of that information. This page contains information about the Marion County Common Pleas Court. Other pages have information about various criminal charges, the potential consequences, and the potential defenses. By educating yourself, you will understand more about the court process, and you will be in a good position to make wise decisions about how to handle your case.  After doing that research, then you should decide whether to hire a lawyer and which attorney you want to hire.  

Contact Information For The Court
Address:  100 N. Main Street, Marion, OH 43302
Phone:  740-223-4220
Website:  Marion County Common Pleas Court

Types of Cases Heard In The Marion County Common Pleas Court
In Ohio, crimes are categorized as either felonies or misdemeanors.  In Marion County, misdemeanor crimes are heard in the Marion Municipal court.  Felony crimes are heard in this court;  the Marion County Common Pleas Court.  The Common Pleas Court hears many different types of felony cases, including:

•    Felony DUI/OVI
•    Vehicular Homicide
•    Vehicular Assault
•    Felonious Assault
•    Felony Drug Offenses

The Basic Court Process In Marion County, Ohio
The case process varies depending on the type of offense and the judge.  Despite the variety in the case processes, the phases of felony cases tend to be very similar from one case to another. The following are the general phases for most felony cases:

•    Grand jury hearing:  the grand jury decides if you will be charged with a felony offense.  If you are charged, you are notified by receiving an indictment.
•    Indictment:  a document telling you the offense(s) with which you are charged.  With the indictment, you will also be told when to appear for an arraignment.
•    Arraignment:  your first court appearance.  You will be asked to enter a plea of not guilty, guilty, or no contest.
•    Pretrial hearing:  if you plead not guilty, the pretrial hearing is generally the next phase.  This hearing is an opportunity for the parties to negotiate toward an agreed outcome for the case.
•    Motion hearing:  if there are legal issues that need to be decided by the judge, those issues are decided in a motion hearing.
•    Trial:  if the parties do not reach an agreement, a trial is held, and the jury (or judge) decides if your guilt was proven by the prosecutor.
•   Sentencing hearing: if you are found guilty, or if you plead guilty to something, the judge holds a sentencing hearing to determine what punishment to impose.

Choose A Good Attorney For Your Case
When you are charged with a felony, it is not a good idea to represent yourself.  You should find a lawyer who focuses on criminal defense and has experience handling cases like yours in the court where your case is being held.

The Dominy Law Firm practices only criminal defense.   Our office is on the north end Columbus, and we do practice in Marion County.  If you are doing research on criminal defense lawyers for a Marion County case, you can learn more about us on other pages of this site.  One factor which sets us apart is our low-volume approach:  we maintain a low caseload so we can give each client individual service and attention. If you are want to talk with us about your case, you can schedule a phone consultation by completing this CONTACT FORM or by calling us at 614-717-1177.  The phone consultation is free, but our fees are relatively high.

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