Upper Sandusky Municipal Court
If you are charged with a misdemeanor crime or traffic offense (including DUI / OVI) in Wyandot Couty, your case will be heard in the Upper Sandusky Municipal Court. Nobody wants to go to court, but if you have to, it would be helpful to have information on the court and the charges you are facing. This page has information about the Upper Sandusky Municipal Court, and other pages of this site have information about specific charges, like OVI. The Dominy Law Firm represents clients charged with OVI in Wyandot County.
Contact Information for the Upper Sandusky Municipal Court
Address: 119 North 7th Street, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: (419) 294-3800
Website: Upper Sandusky Municipal Court
Court Process in the Upper Sandusky Municipal Court
Arraignment. The first hearing for a criminal or traffic case is an arraignment. When you arrive at the courthouse, sign-in at the Clerk’s office and then go into the courtroom when directed. In the courtroom, you will be advised of your rights and asked to enter a plea. You may enter a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty, No Contest, or Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. The different pleas will be described in court and are also described on the court’s website.
Pretrial. For first-degree misdemeanors (including OVI) and second-degree misdemeanors not resolved at the arraignment, the next court appearance is a pretrial. Lesser offenses proceed directly to trial. At the pretrial, the parties discuss the case, negotiate, and complete a pretrial memorandum. If the parties reach a plea agreement, the agreement is finalized before the judge. If the parties do not reach a plea agreement, the case is scheduled for a trial.
Motion Hearing. Before the trial, a party may file a motion asking the court to take certain action, such as excluding evidence. If such a motion is filed, the court holds a motion hearing to hear evidence and make a decision on the motion. The parties may also finalize a plea agreement at the motion hearing.
Trial: If the case is not resolved at the pretrial or motion hearing, it is scheduled for a trial. At the trial, the judge or jury decides whether the evidence proves the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Sentencing: If a defendant pleads Guilty/No Contest to an offense or is found guilty of an offense at trial, the court holds a sentence hearing. The sentence hearing may be on the same day as the guilty finding or may be held on a later date. At the sentence hearing, the judge hears recommendations from the parties and imposes the sentence.
OVI Cases in the Upper Sandusky Municipal Court
If you are charged with OVI in this court, you should give thought to what plea you will enter at the arraignment. Do you want to plead Guilty/No contest and be done with the case, or do you want to plead Not Guilty and try to improve the case result? To make that decision, it would be beneficial to know more about OVI cases. A good resource to learn more about OVI cases is the Ohio DUI/OVI Guide. That guide is available for purchase on Amazon, and a PDF version of the guide can be downloaded for free here.
Lawyers for OVI Cases in the Upper Sandusky Municipal Court
The focus of the Dominy Law firm is OVI defense, and our firm represents clients for OVI in this court. If you have an OVI case in the Upper Sandusky Municipal Court and would like to talk with us about representation, you can arrange a free phone consultation by calling our office at 614-717-1177 or by completing a CONTACT FORM.