Union County Common Pleas Court

DUI/OVI And Vehicular Criminal Cases In The Union County Common Pleas Court
This webpage contains information for the Union County Common Pleas Court.  If you are charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, or felony DUI/OVI, the information in this website should be very helpful.  Learning more about your situation is the first step in getting through your case.  The more you know about the charges, the defenses, the possible consequences and the court process, the better off you will be.  It is also a good idea to learn more about defense attorneys before making the decision about hiring an attorney. 

Contact Information For The Union County Common Pleas Court
Address:  215 W. Fifth Street, Marysville, OH 43040
Phone:  937-645-3015
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Cases Heard In The Union County Common Pleas Court

This court has multiple divisions, including the civil division, the criminal division, the domestic relations division, and the juvenile court.  In the criminal division, the court hears felony cases.  For misdemeanor offenses, the cases are heard in the Marysville Municipal Court.  Some of the types of felony cases heard in the Common Pleas Court include the following:

•    Aggravated Vehicular homicide
•    Aggravated Vehicular assault
•    Felony DUI / OVI

Rules And Terms of Court
The court features three terms – the January Term, May Term, and September Term. All of the terms start on the first business days of those months at precisely 9AM. The regular hours for court sessions are from 9AM to noon and from 1PM to 4PM Monday through Friday. They do not hold sessions on legal holidays designated by the state. The judge may modify the hours in the event of special circumstances that dictate it.

The Court Process For A Typical Felony Case
All cases are different, but the way they go through Union County Common Pleas Court is generally the same.  As the court sees felony cases, the first step is generally the grand jury hearing.  In that hearing, the grand jury will decide whether there is probable cause to believe you committed a felony.  If the answer is ‘yes’, the grand jury issues an indictment to notify you that you have been charged.  After receiving your indictment, you will attend an arraignment. At the arraignment, you will plead either guilty, not guilty or no contest.  Your case is then scheduled for a status conference.  Before the status conference, your attorney should obtain discovery from the prosecutor and provide the prosecutor with reciprocal discovery.

At the status conference, you will decide whether the case is scheduled for a plea hearing or a trial.  You would choose a plea hearing if you intend to plead guilty, and you would choose a trial if you want the prosecutor to try to prove your guilt.  If you choose to have a trial and file any motions regarding legal issues, there will be a motion hearing before the trial.  During the trial, the prosecution will present evidence to prove your guilt.  You do not have to prove your innocence, but you can question the prosecutor’s witnesses and present your own evidence if you choose to do so.  At the conclusion of the trial, the jury will issue a verdict of guilty or not guilty.  If you are found guilty of something, or if you had entered a guilty plea at a plea hearing, the court will hold a sentencing hearing to determine what will be the sentence. 

Attorneys For Vehicular Offenses In The Union County Common Pleas Court
The Dominy Law Firm has experience working with clients in the Union County Common Pleas Court, and we can help you navigate through your case, from start to finish.  Our practice is focused on representing clients charged with DUI/OVI, vehicular homicide, and vehicular assault.  For more information about our firm, please see the ‘About Us’ page of this website.  This site also has review reviews from our clients and results from past cases.  If you review the information and would like to schedule a consultation, you can call us at 614-717-1177 or you can complete a CONTACT FORM.  Our fees are on the high end, but the initial consultation is free.
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