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What Is A Municipal Court In Ohio?

Ohio has over 100 municipal courts, including some of our local courts:  Wadsworth Municipal Court, Medina Municipal Court, Wayne County Municipal Court, Barberton Municipal Court, Akron Municipal Court, and Stow Municipal Court.  So, what is a municipal court in Ohio?   (more…)

Sharon Township DUI Attorney

A Sharon Township DUI attorney represents individuals charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, otherwise known as OVI, as well as a number of other traffic offenses and related charges.  OVI cases usually are made up of two potential offenses:  (1) the OVI charge, which alleges that the person operated a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them; and (2) the BAC charge, which usually alleges that the person operated a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, which is determined by a breath sample, or an equivalent amount by blood serum or plasma or urine, as well as levels of various drugs.  For a first time offense, the court must suspend the offender’s driver’s license for a minimum of 180 days and incarcerate the individual for a minimum period of of 72 hours.  The mandatory penalties increase with higher test results and repeat offenses. (more…)

Brunswick DUI Attorney

What is a Brunswick DUI attorney?  A DUI, officially known as an OVI, is defined in Ohio Revised Code 4511.19, bearing the title “operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”  OVI cases are made up of two separate charges: (1) the OVI charge, which alleges that the person operated a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them; and (2) the BAC charge, which usually alleges that the person operated a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, which is determined by a breath sample, or an equivalent amount by blood serum or plasma or urine, as well as levels of various drugs.
When one is in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with possession of the keys, and the person is under the influence of drugs, alcohol or a combination of them, or has a BAC, one may be charged with physical control of a motor vehicle under Ohio Revised Code 4511.194. (more…)

Brunswick Criminal Defense Attorney

Someone who is accused of a crime in Brunswick needs a Brunswick criminal defense attorney, who is available to provide defense for a variety of criminal cases, including traffic, misdemeanors, and felonies.  A Brunswick criminal defense attorney can provide representation close to home, with knowledge of the court’s local procedures and practices.  This experienced criminal attorney can identify defenses and police errors which can result in dismissal or reduced charges.  Police errors usually must be challenged through a motion to suppress. (more…)

Seville DUI Attorney

A DUI alleged to have been committed in Seville, Ohio, will be heard in:Misdemeanor DUIs in Wadsworth Municipal Court,120 Maple Street, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281;Felony DUIs in Medina County Court of Common Pleas,93 Public Square, Medina, Ohio 44256; orJuvenile DUIs in Medina County Juvenile Court,93 Public Square, Medina, Ohio 44256.Such offenses will require the services of a Seville DUI attorney, who can spot, investigate and pursue potential defenses.
OVI is the official name for a DUI and typically consists of wither the BAC charge and/or the OVI charge.  While OVI cases involve someone driving a motor vehicle, physical control cases involve someone who is merely in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with possession of the keys.  Baby DUIs, or operating a vehicle after underage consumption (OVUAC) makes it illegal for persons under 21 years of age to drive a vehicle with a concentration of .02 percent, but less than .08 percent by weight of alcohol by whole blood or breath, or with an equivalent amount by blood serum or plasma or urine. (more…)

Medina County DUI Attorney

What is a Medina County DUI attorney? A Medina County DUI lawyer handles OVI cases, physical control cases, and baby DUI cases.  The Medina County OVI attorney can contest the grounds for the stop, arrest, or use of other evidence.  Having the OVI attorney in your corner could be the difference between spending three days at a DUI program at a local hotel, or six days in sitting in a jail cell.  On a felony DUI, the attorney could be the difference between a misdemeanor or felony conviction, which is no small matter considering OVI offenses are not eligible for expungement.

Medina County DUI Courts

  What court would a Medina County DUI be heard? Misdemeanor DUIs in Medina County are heard in Medina Municipal Court, 135 North Elmwood Ave., Medina, Ohio 44256, or in Wadsworth Municipal Court, 120 Maple Street, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281.  Felony DUIs in Medina County are heard in Medina County Court of Common Pleas, 93 Public Square, Medina, Ohio 44256.  Juveniles accused of DUI in Medina County will have their cases heard in the Medina County Juvenile Court, 93 Public Square, Medina, Ohio 44256. (more…)

Medina County Criminal Defense Attorney

What is a Medina County criminal defense attorney? A Medina County criminal defense lawyer provides defense for a variety of criminal cases, including traffic (DUI, speeding and more), misdemeanors (domestic violence, disorderly conduct and more), and felonies (auto theft, felonious assault and more).

Medina County Criminal Courts

  Misdemeanors that do not start out in a Mayor’s court, are heard in the municipal courts. These courts are known as the Medina Municipal Court, 135 North Elmwood Ave., Medina, Ohio 44256, and the Wadsworth Municipal Court, 120 Maple Street, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281.  Felonies may start out in the municipal courts, but the bulk of the case will be heard in the Medina County Court of Common Pleas, 93 Public Square, Medina, Ohio 44256.  Juvenile cases are heard in juvenile court in the same location as the common pleas court. (more…)

Good Faith Exception

The police need reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed prior to pulling someone over or temporarily detaining them. The police need probable cause to arrest someone.  Even if the police are wrong, as long as they acted in good faith, the stop, detention or arrest is still valid.  This is known as the good faith exception.  If the criminal record computer system, otherwise known as LEADS, shows that someone has an arrest warrant, the police can arrest the person.  Even if that computer entry later turned out to be wrong and the warrant was quashed well before the arrest was made, the arrest is still valid because the police were acting on good faith reliance on the computer records.  The computer records, which includes LEADS and BMV records, tells police the person’s record, whether the driver’s license is valid, active warrants, active civil protection orders, and violent tendency warnings. (more…)

Hinckley DUI Attorney

What is a Hinckley DUI attorney? While some may also commonly refer to such an attorney as a Hinckley driving under the influence attorney, the better term is a Hinckley OVI attorney.  OVI is defined in Ohio Revised Code 4511.19 (R.C. 4511.19), bearing the title “operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”  OVI cases typically consists of two separate charges: (1) the OVI charge, which alleges that the person operated a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them; and (2) the BAC charge, which usually alleges that the person operated a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, which is determined by a breath sample, or an equivalent amount by blood serum or plasma or urine, as well as levels of various drugs.  The statute provides for a minimum license suspension of 180 days and a minimum period of incarceration of 72 hours upon a conviction for an OVI or BAC charge.  Such minimum penalties increase with a variety of factors. (more…)

Hinckley Criminal Defense Attorney

What is a Hinckley criminal defense attorney? A Hinckley criminal defense lawyer provides defense for a variety of criminal cases, including traffic, misdemeanors, and felonies. Misdemeanors are heard in the Medina Municipal Court, 135 North Elmwood Ave., Medina, Ohio 44256. Felonies may start out in the Medina Municipal Court, but the bulk of the case will be heard in the Medina County Court of Common Pleas, 93 Public Square, Medina, Ohio 44256.  Juvenile cases are heard in juvenile court in the same location as the common pleas court. (more…)

Medina DUI Attorney

What is a Medina DUI attorney? While some may also commonly refer to such an attorney as a Medina driving under the influence attorney, the better term is a Medina OVI attorney, or Medina operating a vehicle under the influence attorney.  OVI is defined in Ohio Revised Code 4511.19 (R.C. 4511.19), bearing the title “operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”  OVI cases typically consists of two separate charges: (1) the OVI charge, which alleges that the person operated a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them; and (2) the BAC charge, which usually alleges that the person operated a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, which is determined by a breath sample, or an equivalent amount by blood serum or plasma or urine, as well as levels of various drugs.  The statute provides for a minimum license suspension of 180 days and a minimum period of incarceration of 72 hours upon a conviction for an OVI or BAC charge.  Such minimum penalties increase with a BAC of .17 or more, and prior convictions for OVI or BAC. (more…)

Medina Criminal Defense Attorney

What is a Medina criminal defense attorney? A Medina criminal defense lawyer provides defense for a variety of criminal cases.  Such cases include traffic cases, such as speeding, driving under suspension (DUS), leaving the scene of an accident (hit skip), and DUI or OVI.  A Medina criminal lawyer provides defense for misdemeanor cases, including assault, domestic violence, petty theft and disorderly conduct.  A Medina criminal attorney provides defense for felony cases, including felony theft, trafficking in drugs, sex crimes, and felony DUI or felony OVI.  This is not a complete list, as the number of crimes fill books and are too numerous to list here. (more…)