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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…)

Sharon Township Criminal Defense Attorney

A Sharon Township criminal defense attorney in Medina County defends persons accused of committing crimes in Sharon Township.  A Sharon Township criminal defense attorney is available to provide a defense for traffic, misdemeanor and felony cases, including, but not limited to, DUI, speeding, manufacture of drugs, robbery, and burglary.  Hiring a Sharon Township criminal defense attorney gives you access to the justice system and your opportunity to present your case.
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Sharon Center DUI Attorney

A Sharon Center DUI attorney represents individuals charged with OVI and other traffic offenses in Sharon Center.  OVI is the acronym for “operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” and such cases typically consist 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.  Depending on the number of prior offenses, there are minimum periods of suspension and incarceration set forth under Ohio law. (more…)

Lodi Criminal Defense Attorney

Someone who is accused of a crime in Lodi, Ohio, needs a Lodi criminal defense attorney in Medina County, who is available to provide defense for a variety of criminal cases, such as breaking and entering, theft, DUIs, disorderly conduct and speeding cases.
The Wadsworth Municipal Court presides over misdemeanors alleged to have been committed in Lodi.  Pre-trials are informally arranged between the criminal defense attorney and the prosecutor.  If the accused is convicted of the offense, the court will usually order a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) prior to sentencing, unless it is a minor misdemeanor. (more…)

Lodi DUI Attorney

When one is accused of DUI in Lodi, that person will need the services of a Lodi DUI attorney.  In Ohio, a DUI is technically called an OVI, which stands for operating a vehicle under the influence.  OVI is defined in Ohio Revised Code 4511.19 and typically consist 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.  If convicted, one faces a minimum suspension of one’s driver’s license for 180 days and a minimum period of incarceration of 72 hours, with increased minimum for repeat offenses or a high test for alcohol. (more…)

Westfield Center DUI Attorney

A Westfield Center DUI attorney represents individuals charged with OVI in Westfield Center. Misdemeanor OVI cases in Westfield Center are heard in the Wadsworth Municipal Court.  Felony cases may have initial hearings in Wadsworth Municipal Court, but are heard in the Medina County Court of Common Pleas.
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Westfield Center Criminal Defense Attorney

Someone who is accused of a crime in Westfield Center, Ohio, needs a Westfield Center criminal defense attorney, who is available to provide defense for a variety of criminal cases, such as trafficking in drugs, automobile theft, assault, and DUIs.
Misdemeanors are heard in the Wadsworth Municipal Court, 120 Maple Street, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281.  Felony cases can start in the Wadsworth Municipal Court, but any trial would occur in the Medina County Court of Common Pleas.  Juvenile cases are heard in the Medina County Juvenile Court, 93 Public Square, Medina, Ohio 44256. (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…)

Seville Criminal Defense Attorney

Someone who is accused of a crime in Seville, Ohio, needs a Seville criminal defense attorney in Medina County, who is available to provide defense for a variety of criminal cases, from traffic to misdemeanors and felonies.
If the crime is alleged to have been committed in Seville, Ohio, misdemeanor offenses will be handled by the Wadsworth Municipal Court, starting with the arraignment and bond hearing. Pre-trials are not set by the court, but can be privately arranged between the criminal defense attorney and the prosecutor.  If the accused pleads guilty or no-contest, or is found guilty at trial, the court will order a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) prior to sentencing, unless it is a minor offense such as a minor misdemeanor. (more…)

Wadsworth DUI Attorney

A Wadsworth DUI attorney handles OVI cases, as defined in R.C. 4511.19, physical control cases, as defined in R.C. 4511.194, and baby DUI cases, as defined in R.C. 4511.19. OVI cases typically consist 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.
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Wadsworth Criminal Defense Attorney

Someone who is accused of a crime in Wadsworth needs a Wadsworth criminal defense attorney, who is available to provide defense for a variety of criminal cases, including traffic, misdemeanors, and felonies.  A Wadsworth criminal defense attorney can provide representation close to home, with knowledge of the court’s local procedures and practices. Misdemeanors are heard in the Wadsworth Municipal Court, 120 Maple Street, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281.  The first appearance consists of either of the following:  the bond hearing; or the arraignment, where the accused is informed of the charges and potential penalties for the charges.  Later, the matter is set for trial to the court.  Jury trials are set after a written demand for one.  This court does not conduct formal pre-trials, but a Wadsworth criminal defense attorney can set up an informal one with the assistant prosecutor.  The court may hold hearings on pretrial motions filed by the criminal defense attorney or the assistant prosecutor.  If the accused pleads guilty or no-contest, or is found guilty at trial, the court usually orders a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) prior to sentencing. (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…)

What Field Sobriety Tests Are Used In OVI Case?

Field sobriety tests in OVI cases can determine innocence, guilt, and even get the case thrown out.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a manual that sets forth the three major field sobriety tests and sets forth uniform standards for such testing.  The tests consist of the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, the Walk and Turn test and the One Leg Stand test. The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test (HGN) is often called the "pen test" or "eye test."  The HGN is performed with a pen, but can be performed with any “stimulus,” as long as it is held 12-15 inches away from the person’s eyes.  Contacts, glasses and head injuries can affect this test.  The manual sets forth minimum times for each portion of the test, all of which adds up to at least 96 seconds. The Walk and Turn is supposed to be performed on a flat surface.  It consists of a standing heel-to-toe position during the instructions, nine heel-to-toe steps, a turn and nine return heel-to-toe steps.  Existing leg and back injuries can affect one’s ability to perform this test. The One Leg Stand is also supposed to be performed on a flat surface.  It consists of holding one’s foot six inches above the ground while counting for a minimum of thirty seconds.  Existing leg and back injuries can affect one’s ability to perform this test. These are just a few of the requirements outlined in the NHTSA field sobriety testing manual.  An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help determine whether the police have complied with the manual and challenge the testing procedures in court. (more…)