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Knox County Common Pleas Court

We have a proven track record of success in handling over 15,000 criminal cases and are consistently awarded as one of Ohio’s top criminal defense firms. We are highly experienced Knox County Common Pleas Court lawyers in Columbus, OH and all of central Ohio. Experience matters when dealing with criminal charges in Knox County, which prosecutors and judges handle differently on a case-by-case basis. We know what to expect and what to do to get the best result possible.

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Knox County Common Pleas Court

The Knox Common Pleas Court has general jurisdiction over criminal, civil, probate, juvenile, and domestic relations matters. It addresses felony charges that arise in Knox County, Ohio. Because these charges are felonies, they can carry life-altering consequences.

If you have been arrested for drug charges, gun charges, theft, or sex crimes, it is important that you have an experienced Columbus criminal defense attorney representing you at every stage of criminal case proceedings. Allow Joslyn Law Firm to be of assistance during a stressful time like this.

Knox Common Pleas Court Lawyer, OH

If you have been charged with a felony in Knox County, consult Joslyn Law Firm. Our criminal defense lawyers at Joslyn Law Firm have represented multiple clients with hearings at the Knox Common Pleas Court. We can work hard to negotiate a favorable plea agreement or have the charges dismissed altogether.

To schedule a free consultation and discuss your specific case with one of our Knox County defense lawyers, call (614) 444-1900 immediately. Joslyn Law Firm accepts clients in Centerburg, Bladensburg, Apple Valley, Howard, Mount Vernon, and Martinsburg.


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Communities Around Knox Common Pleas Court, OH

Joslyn Law Firm serves clients in areas around Knox Common Pleas Court, including the following locations:

  • Mount Vernon
  • Centerburg
  • Howard
  • Fredericktown
  • Danville
  • Gambier
  • Brinkhaven
  • Bladensburg

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Common Criminal Charges in Knox Common Pleas Court

Some of the more common offenses individuals can face in the Knox Common Pleas Court include the following:

  • Domestic violence
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Persistent disorderly conduct (misdemeanor of the 4th degree)
  • Petty theft
  • Solicitation
  • Simple assault
  • Possession of small amounts of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Resisting arrest
  • Improper handling of a firearm
  • Forgery
  • Grand larceny (theft of property over a set value)
  • Aggravated assault
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Illegally creating explosives
  • Aggravated murder and murder
  • Fleeing or eluding law enforcement
  • Drug offenses (possession, sale, paraphernalia)
  • Sexual conduct with a minor
  • Grand theft auto
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Grand larceny
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Tampering with evidence
  • Breaking and entering
  • Manslaughter
  • kidnapping/abduction
  • Rape 

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Potential Penalties for Criminal Charges in the Knox Common Pleas Court

Ohio state law gives specific sentencing ranges that are available for each offense. The following sentencing ranges apply to felonies:

  • First-Degree Felony (F-1)
    • Length of Imprisonment: 3 to 11 years
    • Maximum Fine: $20,000
  • Second-Degree Felony (F-2)
    • Length of Imprisonment: 2 to 8 years
    • Maximum Fine: $15,000
  • Third-Degree Felony (F-3)
    • Length of Imprisonment: 9 to 60 months
    • Maximum Fine: $10,000
  • Fourth-Degree Felony (F-4)
    • Length of Imprisonment: 9 to 18 months
    • Maximum Fine: $5000
  • Fifth-Degree Felony (F-5)
    • Length of Imprisonment: 6 to 12 months
    • Maximum Fine: $2500

The following sentencing ranges apply to misdemeanors:

  • First-Degree Misdemeanor (M-1)
    • Length of Imprisonment: 6 months
    • Maximum Fine: $1,000.00
  • Second-Degree Misdemeanor (M-2)
    • Length of Imprisonment: 90 days
    • Maximum Fine: $750.00
  • Third-Degree Misdemeanor (M-3)
    • Length of Imprisonment: 60 days
    • Maximum Fine: $500.00
  • Fourth-Degree Misdemeanor (M-4)
    • Length of Imprisonment: 30 days
    • Maximum Fine: $250.00
  • Minor Misdemeanor (MM)
    • Length of Imprisonment: none
    • Maximum Fine: $150.00

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Knox County Law Enforcement Resources

Knox County Sheriff – Access the Knox County Sheriff’s website to view a jail inmate list, view crime prevention tips, and read more about the current sheriff.

Knox County Sheriff

11540 Upper Gilchrist Road

Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Phone: (740) 397-3333

Mount Vernon Police Department –  The Mount Vernon Police Department provides law enforcement services seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Mount Vernon Police Department

5 North Gay

Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050-3241

Phone: (740) 397-2222


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Knox County Court Resources

Knox County Common Pleas Court – Click the link to access the official website for the Knox County Common Pleas Court. You can see rules, court staff, and a list of community resources.

Knox County Common Pleas Court

111 East High Street

Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050

Phone: (740) 393-6777

Knox County Probate / Juvenile Court – Access the Knox County probate / juvenile court to see a list of court staff.

Knox County Probate / Juvenile Court

111 East High Street

Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050

Phone: (740) 393-6798

Knox County Clerk of Courts – Access the official website for Knox County to conduct a court record search.

Knox County Clerk of Courts

117 East High Street, Suite 201

Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050

Phone: (740) 393-6788


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Additional Resources

Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction –  The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) offers treatment services for mental health and addiction prevention. Access the website to learn more.

Ohio State Highway Patrol –  Access the official website for the Ohio State Highway Patrol to view crash reports, statewide statistics for traffic fatalities, and the latest news.

Ohio Department of Public Safety

1970 West Broad Street

Columbus, Ohio 43223


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Knox County Common Pleas Court Location and Contact Information

The Knox County Common Pleas Court is dedicated to serving the citizens of Knox County and the State of Ohio. The court is located at 111 East High Street, Mount Vernon 43050. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. It is closed on weekends and holidays.

For more information, please visit https://co.knox.oh.us/common-pleas/.


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Knox Common Pleas Court Staff

  • Assignment Commissioner for Civil and Criminal Division

Brittany McNamara
111 East High Street
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Phone: (740) 393-6777, Option #1

  • Bailiff

David Lashley
111 East High Street
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Phone: (740) 393-6777, Option #3

  • Director of Court Services

Andrea Sellers
111 East High Street
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Phone: (740) 393-6777, Option #2

  • Domestic Relations Assignment Commissioner / Jury Commissioner

Shelbi Robbins
111 East High Street
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Phone: (740) 393-6777, Option #4


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Knox Common Pleas Court Attorney, Ohio

If you need defense representation in the Knox Common Pleas Court, you should not wait to contact the legal team at Joslyn Law Firm for assistance. Our defense attorneys appear regularly in the court and have years of experience defending clients charged with criminal offenses. Allow us to get you the best possible result.

Call (614) 444-1900 to secure a free consultation with Joslyn Law Firm today. Joslyn Law Firm represents individuals in Knox County, Ohio including nearby areas such as Mount Vernon, Whitehall Mansfield, Galion, Pataskala, Ashland, and Wooster.


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