DUI / OVI & CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
SERVING DUBLIN, OHIO
When faced with a DUI, traffic, speeding or other criminal charge in Dublin, contacting an experienced attorney is essential. A variety of defenses may be available that you and your attorney should consider.
For example, if you are facing an OVI charge in Dublin, we will examine all aspects of your OVI, speeding or criminal case to determine whether the arresting officer properly followed all of the proper protocols. In the case of an OVI, for example, we will examine whether the officer issued all required warnings, properly administered all of the roadside field sobriety tests, and performed the search, tests and arrest lawfully.
At Riddell Law, we have extensive experience representing clients faced with DUI, OVI and other criminal charges in jury trials, bench trials and motion hearings. As experienced attorneys serving Dublin, Ohio, we have successfully represented clients facing drunk driving, traffic and criminal charges throughout Central Ohio, including in Dublin Mayor’s Court, in cases ranging from speeding to first-time 1st offense OVI offenses to repeat drunk driving offenses as well as felony DUI cases that can carry significant penalties, including jail or prison time.
In the video below, Attorney Douglas Riddell discusses what you can expect if you are facing an OVI or other criminal or traffic charge in the Dublin Mayor’s Court.
DUBLIN, OHIO MAYOR’S COURT
If you have been charged with a DUI / OVI, traffic offense, speeding offense or other criminal charge in Dublin, Ohio, your case may be filed in the Dublin Mayor’s Court. Attorney Riddell regularly practices in the Dublin Mayor’s Court representing his clients facing DUI / OVI, traffic, speeding and other criminal misdemeanor charges.
The Dublin Mayor’s Court hears traffic cases and other misdemeanor charges that occurred in Dublin, including DUI / OVI cases. In Dublin, your case will be heard by a magistrate appointed by the mayor.
Ohio Mayor’s Courts, including the Dublin Mayor’s Court, are not courts of record and are not authorized to conduct jury trials. However, if a defendant charged with a DUI or criminal offense in Dublin would like a jury to hear his or her case, then your attorney can assist you with transferring the case to the Franklin County Municipal Court.
In fact, a defendant can opt to transfer his or her case to the Franklin County Municipal Court at any time for any reason. Further, if a defendant is convicted in the Dublin Mayor’s Court, he or she may appeal their conviction to the Franklin County Municipal Court.
There may be some advantages, however, to having your case heard in the Mayor’s Court. For example, a hearing in mayor’s court is generally more informal, may have evening hours, and may be more conveniently located than the Franklin County Municipal Court.
There are both pros and cons to having your case heard in the the Mayor’s Court, depending on your specific situation. Consulting with an experienced DUI, traffic or criminal defense 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 Dublin Mayor’s Court, or to transfer the case to the Franklin County Municipal Court.
Once we make this decision, Mr. Riddell will likely arrange it so that you do not have to appear in court for your first court date. He 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”), Mr. Riddell 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. If negotiations fail, Attorney Doug Riddell will conduct motion hearings and a trial as necessary to ensure the best possible outcome.
To begin the process and discuss representation for your Dublin, Ohio DUI / OVI, speeding, traffic or criminal charge, call Attorney Doug Riddell directly at 614-361-2804. Because we know DUI and criminal charges rarely happen during 9:00-5:00 working hours, we are there to take your call after hours, on evenings, weekends, and holidays.
The Dublin Mayor’s Court is located at 6565 Commerce Pkwy in Dublin, Ohio.