Morrow County Municipal Court

Criminal Cases And DUI / OVI Cases In The Morrow County Municipal Court
The Dominy Law Firm is a team of defense lawyers who represent clients in the Morrow County Municipal Court for criminal offenses and DUI / OVI offenses.  However, before you hire a lawyer to represent you, you will want to familiarize yourself with the court where your case is being held.  It would also be a good idea to research the charge(s) you are facing, including the penalties and defenses.  After you do that, then you’ll probably also want to investigate attorneys and choose one who can help you achieve a good outcome for your case.  This website can help you with all of that research.  This page has information about the Morrow County Municipal Court, other pages have information about specific criminal and traffic charges, and a few pages have information about hiring a lawyer and our firm in particular.

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

Municipal Court Personnel In Morrow County
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 Morrow County Prosecuting Attorney’s office is responsible for prosecuting the defendants charged with crimes in this court, and the cases are handled by one or more of the assistant prosecutors in that office.  This court has one elected judge, and the judge appoints magistrates to help with cases.

Cases Handled By The Morrow County Municipal Court
The court deals with misdemeanor criminal cases and traffic cases.  This court only hears misdemeanors and only deals with adult defendants.  The felony cases and juvenile cases are heard in the Common Pleas Court (it’s easy to get confused because they are in the same building).  Some of the common types of cases that come through the court system at the Municipal Court include:

•    Assault
•    Domestic Violence
•    DUI / OVI
•    Drug crimes
•    Shoplifting
•    Underage Drinking

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. To be sure of the exact process in the Morrow County Municipal Court, you can read the court’s Local Rules. 

Court sessions generally begin at 9:00 am and at 1:00 pm.  The Municipal Court is located in the lower level (basement) of the courthouse.  When you enter the door to the building, you should check-in at the Clerk of Court office which is straight ahead.  You should then wait for your case to be called by the bailiff.

The first time you appear in the Morrow County Municipal 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.  This choice is very important, so you should know how you’re going to plead before you go to court. If you choose to plead guilty or no contest, you will likely be sentenced and finish the case at that time.

If you plead not guilty, you will return to court for a pretrial hearing. At that time, you or your attorney will negotiate with prosecutor and may reach a plea agreement. If no plea bargain 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 Don’t Have To Go to Court Alone
A good criminal defense attorney can guide you through the process and usually improve the result in your case. The Dominy Law Firm has highly qualified criminal defense attorneys with experience handling cases in the Morrow County Municipal Court.  If you’d like to learn more about our firm, this site has a page about us, and there are also attorney profiles, client reviews, and case results.  When you are ready to discuss representation for your case, you can call 614-717-117 or complete a CONTACT FORM to schedule a free phone consultation.
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