DUI / OVI & TRAFFIC ATTORNEY
SERVING GROVE CITY, OHIO
When faced with a DUI, traffic, speeding or other criminal charge in Grove City, contacting an experienced attorney is essential. As experienced DUI/OVI, traffic and criminal defense lawyers serving Grove City, Ohio, we will examine all aspects of your DUI, traffic or criminal case to determine whether the arresting officer properly followed all of the proper steps in stopping you and citing and/or arresting you.
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 any search, tests and/or 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 Grove City, Ohio, we have successfully represented clients facing drunk driving, traffic, speeding and criminal charges throughout Central Ohio, including in the Grove City Mayor’s Court. The cases we handle in mayor’s courts range from traffic and speeding tickets to first offense OVI offenses to repeat drunk driving offenses as well as felony DUI cases that can carry significant penalties, including jail or prison time.
At Riddell Law, we offer transparent and affordable flat fee pricing. In our first discussion, we will let you know exactly how much your legal representation will cost — with no hidden fees or costs.
GROVE CITY, OHIO MAYOR’S COURT
If you have been cited with a DUI, OVI, traffic, speeding or other criminal charge in Grove City, Ohio, your case may be filed in the Grove City Mayor’s Court. The Court is located at 3360 Park Street in downtown Grove City, Ohio. The Grove City Mayor’s Court is presided over by a Mayor-appointed magistrate, and is in session from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. We are regularly at the Grove City Mayor’s Court representing our clients facing DUI / OVI, traffic, speeding and other criminal misdemeanor charges.
Like all Ohio mayor’s courts, the Grove City Mayor’s Court hears traffic cases and other criminal misdemeanor charges that occurred in Grove City, including DUI / OVI cases. In Grove City, your case will be heard by a magistrate appointed by the mayor.
Ohio Mayor’s Courts, including the Grove City 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 Grove City 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 Grove City mayor’s court 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 Grove City 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 Grove City Mayor’s Court. For example, a hearing in a mayor’s court is generally more informal 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 Grove City 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 Grove City, 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.
Grove City Mayor’s Court