DUI, CRIMINAL & TRAFFIC DEFENSE LAWYER SERVING
If you have been charged with an OVI, criminal misdemeanor or traffic citation in Obetz, contacting an attorney practicing in the Obetz Mayor’s Court is an important step. An attorney that is familiar with the local court rules and who has the skills to analyze the facts of your case to highlight potential legal defenses will be invaluable.
As an experienced DUI and criminal defense attorney serving Obetz, Ohio, Attorney Douglas Riddell will examine all aspects of your DUI 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.
Attorney Doug Riddell has successfully represented clients facing drunk driving and other criminal charges throughout Central Ohio, including in the Obetz Mayor’s Court, in cases ranging from speeding tickets to disorderly conduct and other misdemeanors to first offense OVI charges.
OBETZ, OHIO MAYOR’S COURT
If you have been charged with a DUI / OVI in Obetz, Ohio, your case may be filed in the Obetz Mayor’s Court. The Court is located in the 4175 Alum Creek Drive in Obetz, Ohio. Generally, Magistrate Bob Krapenc presides.
Attorney Doug Riddell practices in the Obetz Mayor’s Court representing his clients facing OVI, traffic, and other misdemeanor charges. The Obetz Mayor’s Court hears traffic cases and other misdemeanor charges, including DUI / OVI cases.
Whether you should move forward with your case in the 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 Obetz 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 Obetz 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 Obetz 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 Municipal Courts. The Obetz Mayor’s Court, for instance, is held in the evening each Wednesday beginning at 5:00 PM.
There are both pros and cons to having your case heard in the Obetz Mayor’s Court, depending on your specific situation. Consulting with an experienced Ohio DUI 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 Obetz Mayor’s Court, or to transfer the case to the Franklin County Municipal Court.
After we meet with you to gather your account of what happened, 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, 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 Obetz, Ohio DUI / OVI, call Attorney Doug Riddell directly at (614) 361-2804. Because we know DUI charges rarely happen during 9:00-5:00 working hours, Mr. Riddell is there to take your call after hours, on evenings, weekends, and holidays.
The Obetz Mayor’s Court is located at 4175 Alum Creek Drive in Obetz, Ohio.