Morrow County Common Pleas Court

Criminal Cases And DUI / OVI Cases In The Morrow County Common Pleas Court
If you are being charged with a felony in Morrow County, your case will be held in the Morrow County Common Pleas Court.  Before you have to appear in court, and even before you hire a lawyer for a criminal case in this court, you may want to learn more about the court first.  This page will help you do that.

You may also want to learn more about the offense(s) you’re facing.  Learning as much as you can about your situation is always a good idea so you can make good decisions about how to proceed.  Other pages in this website will help you do that.  After you learn about the court and your charges, you should also research attorneys so you can hire one with the expertise and experience to improve your situation.

Contact Information For The Court
Address:  48 East High Street, Mount Gilead, OH 43338
Phone:  419-947-4515
WebsiteMorrow County Common Pleas Court

What Kinds Of Cases Are There At The Morrow County Common Pleas Court?
This court has a number of different divisions including Probate, Domestic Relations, Civil, Criminal, and Juvenile.  If you’re on this site, you must be interested in the Criminal Division.  That branch of the court has jurisdiction over the felony offenses committed within the county.  There is another court which hears misdemeanors:  the Municipal Court.  In the Common Pleas Court, the types of felonies heard include:

•    Vehicular homicide
•    Vehicular assault
•    Felony DUI / OVI
•    Felonious assault
•    Felony drug crimes

Personnel At The Morrow County Common Pleas Court
The court has two judges, and criminal cases are divided essentially evenly between the two judges.  The judges also have one or more magistrates who help them with their cases, as well as bailiffs and administrative assistants.  The judges have issued written court rules, which you can find on the court’s website.

The office which holds the criminal case files is the Clerk of Court.  If you want to see the file for your, or any criminal case, you can go to the Clerk of Court office and review the file.  If you are filing motions for a case or paying the fine or court costs, those things are also done at the Clerk’s office.

How Do Cases Usually Proceed?
The exact way the case flows through the system can vary based on different factors.  The judge on the case, the type of offense, and other criteria can cause some changes to the process. However, the basics are usually the same in each case. Knowing them will help to eliminate surprises.

The first step is the grand jury phase.  During this time, the jury can indict you if they conclude there is probable cause to believe you committed a felony offense.  If you are indicted, you will then move on to the arraignment, when you will plead guilty, no contest, or not guilty.  If you plead not guilty, you move to the pretrial phase, followed by the motion hearing (if there were motions filed regarding legal issues).  You then proceed to the trial.  The judge or jury will hear the case presented by the prosecutor and the defendant.  If there if a verdict of guilty, or if there is a guilty plea, you then move on to the sentencing hearing so the judge can determine the punishment.

Attorneys For Cases In The Morrow County Common Pleas Court
The Dominy Law Firm practices only criminal defense, and the focus of our practice is representing clients charged with DUI/OVI, Vehicular Homicide / Vehicular Assault, and other serious vehicular crimes.  We have helped several clients with cases in the Morrow County Common Pleas Court, and we can help you as well.  You can find out more about our firm and right here on the site. We provide personal service to each client, and we intentionally I keep our caseload small so we can do that.  Based on our personal service and expertise, our fees are somewhat high compared to other lawyers.  If you want to talk with us about representation for your case, you can set up a free phone consultation by calling 614-717-1177 or by sending us a CONTACT FORM.
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