Morrow County Municipal Court

Criminal And DUI/OVI Cases In The Morrow County Municipal Court

If you will be going through the Morrow County Municipal Court, it is important to familiarize yourself with the court, the charges and penalties you are facing, the potential defenses, and criminal defense attorneys. This page is a good place to start learning. Other pages in this site have information about DUI / OVI charges and criminal charges. Educating yourself about the particular court, your offense, and criminal defense lawyers will help put you more at ease when you go to court and when you hire an attorney.

Contact The Morrow County Municipal Court

Address: 48 E. High Street, Mount Gilead, OH 43338
Phone: 419-947-5054
Website: Morrow County Municipal Court

What Types Of Cases Does the Morrow County Municipal Court Handle?

The court deals with adult misdemeanor criminal cases and adult traffic cases. It also handles civil cases up to $15,000 and small claims cases up to $3,000. Some of the common types of criminal and traffic of cases that come through the court system at the Morrow County Municipal Court include:

  • DUI / OVI
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Vehicular Assault
Court Personnel And Hours

The Clerk’s office is responsible for maintaining the court records, and the office hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed on Friday). The presiding judge is Judge Lee W. McClelland, and the actual court sessions begin at 9:00 am and at 1:00 pm.

Basic Process In The Morrow County Municipal Court

It is important to keep in mind that different cases may follow different paths: what is discussed here is simply the most common path that cases progress through the court system. You should go over all of this with your attorney. He or she can explain everything to you in detail and give you more insight into the phases of your case.

In the municipal court, the first time you appear in court is your arraignment. During the arraignment, you will be asked to enter a plea. You have three choices – no contest, guilty, or not guilty. If you choose to plead guilty or no contest, you will often be sentenced and finish the case at that time. Your attorney will advise you on how you should plead.

If you plead not guilty, you will have to return to court for your pretrial hearing. At that time, your attorney will negotiate with prosecutor and may reach a plea agreement. If no deal is made and there are motions pending, you will have a motion hearing for the judge to decide outstanding legal issues. Then, if you still have not reached an agreement with the prosecuting attorney, you will have a trial. After your trial, you will be found either guilty or not guilty. If the judge or jury finds you guilty, you will then have to go through sentencing. At the sentencing, the judge will let you know what punishment you will receive.

You May Not Want To Go to Court Alone

It may be a mistake to go to court on your own. A good defense attorney can often improve the result in your case. I have experience helping clients in the Morrow County Municipal Court, and DUI / OVI defense is the focus of my practice. I limit my caseload so I can give each client my full attention. You can read more of this site to learn more about me, my past case results, and my client reviews. When you are ready to discuss your case, EMAIL ME or call 614-717-1177 to set up your free phone consultation.