Mount Vernon Municipal Court

Criminal Cases And DUI / OVI Cases In The Mount Vernon Municipal Court
The Dominy Law Firm represents clients for criminal offenses and OVI / DUI in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court.  If you are required to appear in that court, you should make sure you have as much information as possible so you know what to expect when you get there.  This page contains information which will help you know what to expect in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court. 

When you are charged with a DUI / OVI offense or a criminal offense, you should also make sure you learn as much as possible about the charges against you, the sentence imposed for those charges, and strategies to deal with those charges.  Other pages of this website have information to help you learn about those issues.  After you learn about the court and the charges, you may also want to educate yourself about criminal defense lawyers so you can hire a good one for your case. 

Contact Information For The Mount Vernon Municipal Court
Address:  5 North Gay Street, 3rd Floor, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Phone:  740-393-9510
WebsiteMount Vernon Municipal Court

Cases Heard By This Court
This Mount Vernon Municipal Court hears a wide variety of cases that range from minor traffic tickets to serious criminal offenses.  However, the court does not hear felony cases.  The court which hears felony cases is the Knox County Common Pleas Court.  The Municipal Court only has jurisdiction over misdemeanors.  Some of the misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases heard in this court include:

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

Mount Vernon Municipal Court Personnel
The court records are maintained by the office of the Clerk of Court.  The Clerk of Court is also responsible for collecting fines and court costs.  The prosecution of cases in this court is the responsibility of the Mount Vernon Law Director and is carried out by assistant prosecutors.  There is one judge in this court, and the judge also appoints magistrates to hear some cases.

What Happens At Court Appearances
For some cases, you might not have to appear in court at all.  You can simply pay the fine (which admits guilt). Whether you need to appear in court depends on the type and seriousness of your offense, and the severity of the offense. You should check your ticket or complaint to see if you need to appear, and you can also find out by calling the Clerk of Court office.

If you are charged with an offense that requires a court appearance, or if you choose to appear for a payable ticket, your first appearance in court is your arraignment. At the arraignment, you will plead guilty, no contest, or not guilty.  If you plead guilty, the judge will impose the sentence, and your case will be done. If you plead not guilty, the case will be set for a pretrial hearing. At this hearing, you or your attorney can negotiate with the prosecution to reach an agreement.  If there are legal issues that the judge needs to address, your attorney will file motions, and the judge will hold a motion hearing.  If you can’t agree on a plea bargain with the prosecutor, your case will go to trial, and a jury or judge will decide if you are guilty.  If you are found guilty, you will proceed to a sentencing for the judge to announce the punishment.

Finding An Attorney For Cases In Mount Vernon
Now that you have information on the court, you’ll want to learn more about the particular charges you’re facing.  After that, you should research attorneys so you can make an informed hiring decision. 

The Dominy Law Firm represents clients for DUI / OVI and some criminal matters in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court.  As you are gathering information about attorneys, you can get more information about our firm on the firm overview and attorney profiles.  You can also review some of our past case results and client reviews. If you want to talk about representation for your case, you can schedule a free phone consultation by completing a CONTACT FORM or by calling 614-717-1177.

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