DUI / OVI & CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY SERVING

MARBLE CLIFF, OHIO  

If you have been charged with an OVI, criminal misdemeanor or traffic charge in Marble Cliff, Ohio, contacting a criminal defense lawyer who practices in the Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court is an important step.  An attorney that is familiar with the local mayor’s court practice and who has the skills and expirience to  analyze spot potential legal defenses based on the facts of your case will be invaluable.

As a defense attorney defending clients in the Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court, Attorney Douglas Riddell will examine all aspects of your OVI case to determine whether the arresting officer properly issued all required warnings, properly administered all of the roadside field sobriety tests, and performed the search, tests and arrest lawfully.

Our firm represents clients facing drunk driving, criminal misdemeanor and traffic charges throughout Central Ohio, including in the Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court, in cases ranging from speeding tickets to first offense DUI charges to criminal misdemeanor charges.

MARBLE CLIFF, OHIO MAYOR’S COURT

We regularly represent clients facing charges in Marble Cliff, Ohio.  In fact, our office is just down the road on Riverside Drive.  If you have been charged with a DUI or other charge in Marble Cliff, your case may be filed in the Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court.  

The Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court is held the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at the Grandview Heights Municipal Building, 1016 Grandview Ave. at 4:30 PM.  Grandview and Marble Cliff share the space for their Mayor’s Courts on alternating days.  We are regularly at the Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court representing our clients facing OVI, traffic, and other misdemeanor charges.   

Because we represent many professionals with immediate driving needs, we can work in the Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court toward getting your license back right away through a stay of of the administrative license suspension.   This suspension appeals process gives our clients immediate relief from the license suspension–getting you back on the road for your job.  This also gives our office time to do the necessary work to defend you against the charges. 

Whether you should move forward with your case in the Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court or transfer the case to the Franklin County Municipal Court is a decision you should make in conjunction with your attorney.  Mayor’s Courts, including the Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court, are not courts of record and are not authorized to conduct jury trials.  Thus, if a defendant charged with a DUI in Marble Cliff would like a jury trial, then the case will be transferred to the Franklin County Municipal Court.  In fact, a defendant can opt to transfer or appeal his or her case to the Franklin County Municipal Court at any time for any reason.

There may be some advantages, however, to having your case heard in the Mayor’s Court. For example, a hearing in a mayor’s court is generally more informal, may have evening hours, and may be more conveniently located for you than the Franklin County Municipal Courts.

There are both pros and cons to having your case heard in the Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court, depending on your specific situation. Consulting with an experienced Ohio OVI attorney on this issue is critical to ensure the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.

Typically, if you hire Riddell Law as your attorney, we will consult with you and advise whether it is best based on the facts of your case to have your case heard in the Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court, or to transfer the case to the Franklin County Municipal Court.

Once that decision is made, we will likely arrange it so that you do not have to appear in court for your first court date. We will handle it for you. This way, you do not have to worry about taking off work or otherwise arranging your schedule to go to court. After that first court appearance (which is called your “arraignment”), we will continue to gather information about the facts of your case, evaluate possible flaws in the prosecution’s case, and negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable resolution of your case, including the best possible options for reinstatement of your driver’s license.  If negotiations fail, we will conduct motion hearings and a trial as necessary to ensure the best possible outcome.

To begin the process and discuss representation for your Marble Cliff, Ohio DUI / OVI, call us at 614-361-2804. Because we know DUI charges rarely happen during 9:00-5:00 working hours, we are there to take your call after hours, on evenings, weekends, and holidays.

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