If you have been charged with a DUI (OVI) in Columbus, your case will likely be filed in the Franklin County Municipal Court. Nearly every day, Columbus DUI Attorney Doug Riddell is at the Franklin County Municipal Court representing his clients facing DUI / OVI and other misdemeanor charges.
What Kinds Of Cases Does The Franklin County Municipal Court Hear?
The Franklin County Municipal Court handles all traffic and criminal misdemeanor cases. The court also handles civil cases where less than $15,000 is at issue.
A misdemeanor in Ohio is any crime carrying a penalty of less than six months in jail. Examples of misdemeanors heard in the Franklin County Municipal Court include for example:
- AssaultFranklin County Municipal Court Side of Building
- Domestic Violence
- Marijuana Possession (small amounts)
- Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence (DUI / OVI)
- Obstruction of official business
- Reckless Driving
How Many Cases Does The Franklin County Municipal Court Handle?
The Franklin County Municipal Court is one of the largest and busiest municipal courts in the state of Ohio. For example, in 2011 alone, more than 125,000 criminal, traffic and environmental cases were filed in the municipal court.
This means that if you have a court date in the Franklin Municipal Court, it can be confusing to find the correct room and there are often long lines. Having an attorney to help you navigate this very busy courthouse can be invaluable.
I Was Charged With A Dui In The Franklin County Municipal Court. Should I Get A Lawyer?
A DUI in Ohio is a very serious charge that can carry penalties including jail time, fines and a loss of your ability to drive. Given what is at stake, we recommend to everyone that you at least speak with an attorney about your case. Many attorneys (including our firm) offer a free consultation. So, it can’t hurt to at least get some basic legal advice so that you understand the potential penalties you are facing and what your option might be.
I Would Like A Free Consultation About My Franklin County Municipal Court Case. Who Should I Call?
Call (614) 361-2804 to speak with one of our DUI / criminal defense attorneys practicing in the Franklin County Municipal Court. We are on call 24/7 to answer calls as we know that criminal charges rarely happen conveniently during business hours.
Where Is The Franklin County Municipal Court?
The Franklin County Municipal Court is located in the heart of downtown Columbus at 375 South High Street in Columbus, Ohio. If you need directions, click on the map below.