Granville, Ohio, is a village in Licking County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Granville has a population of more than 5,700. The Granville Mayor’s Court deals with multiple types of minor criminal offenses, including misdemeanor cases after an investigation by the Granville Police Department.
Mayor’s Courts are not traditional trial courts, but were created to be more community oriented. Generally, the cases are heard by a magistrate, chosen by the mayor and is usually a judge or an attorney.
Lawyer for Granville Mayor’s Court in Licking County
After an arrest or detention for a criminal offense in Granville, Ohio, contact a criminal defense attorney experienced in fighting cases in Mayor’s Court.
The attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm represent clients charged with a range of misdemeanor cases, including operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (often called OVI or DUI), petty theft, shoplifting, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Granville Mayor’s Court also processes applications for expunction. The application is required to expunge an official record of conviction from Granville Mayor’s Court. The process for expunging a record is outlined in Section 2593.32 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Contact Joslyn Law Firm now for more information about how our experienced lawyer can help. Call (614) 444-1900 to schedule a no obligations consultation.
Types of Cases Heard in Granville Mayor’s Court
The Granville Mayor’s Court is only allowed to review certain kinds of cases including:
- Misdemeanor cases including operating a motor vehicle under the influence (OVI)
- Cases involving Traffic Violations
- Applications for Expunction
Penalties for Crimes Prosecuted in Granville Mayor’s Court
The potential outcomes following a criminal conviction in Granville Mayor’s Court will depend on how the offense is classified. Crimes in convicted in Granville Mayor’s Court may be punishable as follows:
- A first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and fines up to $1,000.
- A second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines up to $750.
- A third-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and fines up to $500.
- A fourth-degree misdemeanor, is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and fines up to $250.
- A minor misdemeanor, not punishable by jail time, but a fine of up to $150 can be imposed.
Procedures in the Granville Courthouse
The first date in the Mayor’s Court in Granville, Ohio, is called the arraignment. At the arraignment, the sitting magistrate will read the charges pending against you and ask you to enter a plea of either ‘not guilty, ‘guilty’, or ‘no contest.
The individual accused of a crime will be given a ‘Basic Rights Form’, if he or she is not being represented by an attorney. The form summarizes the rights of the accused and the options for resolving the case. The form also describes the various pleas.
The form explains what it means to plead guilty, no contest, or not guilty. The person accused of the crime might also have a chance to speak with the city’s prosecutor prior to the hearing if the individuals is not represented by an attorney.
Hearings are conducted on a “first come, first serve” basis. Trials are usually held after all of the defendants have entered a plea. No trial will take place on the first court appearance.
If an individual does not have an attorney, he or she must still appear and request one before the case is scheduled for a trial.If the person retains a criminal defense attorney at the arraignment, then the attorney may be able to waive the person’s appearance and enter a not guilty.
An attorney can review any documents, discovery, witness lists, or evidence obtained from the state. An experienced lawyer will also help you negotiate the most favorable outcome before trial, or prepare the case for trial.
The goal in many of these cases is, either minimizing the penalties, fighting for a reduction of the charges, or fighting for an outright dismissal. The Mayor’s Court in Granville does not conduct jury trials or evidentiary hearings. If an individual wishes to contest the case further, then he or she, or the individual’s attorney may transfer to the the Licking County Municipal Court.
The Granville Mayor’s Court is located at:
141 East Broadway
Granville, Ohio 43023
Find a lawyer for Granville Mayor’s Court in Licking County, OH
Have you or someone you know been arrested in Granville, Ohio. If you are planning for a hearing at Mayor’s Court then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Licking County, Ohio.
The attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm have handled multiple cases in Mayor’s Court hearings throughout Licking County, Ohio. We also accept cases in Delaware County, Fairfield County, Franklin County, Madison County, Pickaway County, and Union County.
If you or someone you know is facing a criminal prosecution in Licking County, then contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact (614) 444-1900 for more information and to set up a free consultation with one of the attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm.
This article was last updated on Tuesday, September 6, 2017