Marion Municipal Court

Criminal And DUI/OVI Cases In The Marion Municipal Court

It’s a good idea to learn as much you can when you have to go to court. For those who will be appearing in the Marion Municipal Court for a DUI / OVI case, you will find information on this page that will help you know more about what to expect in that court. Anyone who is going to court should take the time to learn about the court process, the offense with which you have been charged, and the qualifications of good defense lawyers. You can find more information on those topics throughout this website. The more you know the better off you will be when hiring an attorney and when going to court.

Contact Information for Marion Municipal Court

Address: City Hall Building, 223 W. Center Street, Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-387-0631
Website: Marion Municipal Court

What Types Of Cases Go through The Municipal Court

The Marion Municipal Court handles many different types of cases including traffic and criminal misdemeanors, as well as small claims and civil cases. If you are reading this site, you are probably more interested in the criminal matter, particularly DUI / OVI offenses and vehicular homicide/vehicular assault. The Marion Municipal Court hears the misdemeanor DUI / OVI cases and misdemeanor vehicular homicide/vehicular assault cases that occur within Marion County.

More Information About The Marion Municipal Court

The court hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and Friday from 8:30am to noon. The judge in this court is Judge Teresa L. Ballinger, and the prosecution is handled by the Marion City Prosecutor’s Office. For more information, check out the court’s website. It is full of information specific to that court and even has a PDF with all of the local court rules.

Court Appearances

Different court appearances will have slightly different procedures, but they will generally follow a similar pattern, so you will know the basics of what you can expect. When you arrive at the court, you should go to the Clerk’s office and check-in with your identification. You then go into the courtroom. During your first court appearance, the arraignment, the judge lets you know what rights you have and the pleas available to you. You can plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest. If you plead not guilty, the court will give you a date and a time for you to return for your pretrial or trial. During your pretrial, your lawyer will negotiate with the prosecution. If you reach a plea agreement, the case is typically finalized that day. If there is no agreement reached, you return to court on a later date for a motion hearing and possibly a trial. If you are found guilty of something, you’ll have a sentence hearing which may be on a separate day or may be on the same day as the pretrial, motion hearing, or trial.

Attorney Helping Clients In The Marion Municipal Court

I have been practicing criminal defense since 1997, and I represent clients charged with DUI / OVI and vehicular homicide/vehicular assault in the Marion Municipal Court. Before you choose an attorney, you should make sure the attorney has the qualifications to help with your particular case. To learn more about me, you can check out my profile and my firm overview, as well as my client reviews and past case results. I always limit the number of cases I take so I can give each one the attention it needs. To contact me for a free phone consultation today, EMAIL ME or call me at 614-717-1177.