Knox Municipal 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 Municipal 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 Municipal Court

Municipal courts are local trial courts of limited jurisdiction. Section 1901.20 of the Ohio Revised Code grants courts like the Knox Municipal Court jurisdiction over misdemeanor offenses, violations of any municipal ordinances, and traffic citations.

If you are facing criminal accusations in the Knox Municipal Court, also referred to as the Mount Vernon Municipal Court, you are probably feeling stressed. Thankfully, you don’t have to go through the process alone. Joslyn Law Firm can defend your legal rights and work hard to dismiss improper charges altogether.

Knox County Municipal Court Lawyer

If you have been cited for a traffic violation or charged with a crime, you may be ordered to appear in the Knox County Municipal Court. Just as you would not operate on yourself without a doctor, it is imperative that you consult a skilled municipal court lawyer in Knox County, Ohio.

At Joslyn Law Firm, our lawyers represent individuals charged with drunk driving, traffic violations, possession of illegal substances, and more. We have successfully represented defendants in Municipal Courts for many years. To schedule your first consultation, call (614) 444-1900 today.

Joslyn Law Firm serves clients in Knox County, Ohio, and nearby cities including Ashland, Delaware, Shelby, Gahanna, Worthington, Pataskala, Newark, and Mansfield.

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Areas Near Knox County, Ohio

Columbus criminal defense lawyers at Joslyn Law Firm represent clients arrested for traffic violations in Knox County, Ohio, and many surrounding areas including:

  • Knox County
  • Delaware County
  • Holmes County
  • Licking County
  • Richland County
  • Morrow County
  • Coshocton County

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Common Criminal Charges in the Knox Municipal Court

There are many different offenses that can be charged in the Knox Municipal Court. Criminal cases generally fall into several broad categories:

  • Violent offenses (murder, assault, manslaughter, battery)
  • Theft offenses (petty theft, larceny, grand theft, burglary, robbery)
  • White-collar offenses (fraud, forgery, embezzlement,)
  • Drug offenses (possession, trafficking, paraphernalia)
  • General disorderly conduct (trespassing, disturbing the peace, loitering, vandalism)
  • Vehicular offenses (reckless driving, first time DUI/OUI or driving while impaired)
  • Municipal ordinance violations (false reporting, noise, zoning violations, abandoning animals, gambling)
  • Traffic violations (running a red light, failure to yield, failure to control speed, illegal turns, drag racing, driving on a suspended license, following too closely, improper passing)

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Penalties for Crimes in Knox County, OH

The least severe charge a defendant could face is a minor misdemeanor that carries no risk of jail time and up to $150 in fines. Ohio classifies misdemeanors into five categories. Each category has its own maximum possible fines and jail time:

  • Minor misdemeanor – No risk of jail time, up to $150 in fines.
  • Fourth-degree misdemeanor – Up to $250 in fines and up to 30 days in jail.
  • Third-degree misdemeanor – Up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail.
  • Second-degree misdemeanor – Up to $750 and up to 90 days in jail.
  • First-degree misdemeanor – Up to $1,000 in fines and up to six months in jail.
  • Fifth-degree felony – Up to $2,500 in fines and 6 to 12 months in prison.
  • Fourth-degree felony – Up to $5,000 in fines and 9 to 18 months in prison.
  • Third-degree felony – Up to $10,000 in fines and 9 to 60 months in prison.
  • Second-degree felony – Up to $15,000 in fines and 2 to 8 years in prison.
  • First-degree felony – Up to $20,000 in fines and 3 to 11 years in prison.

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Mount Vernon Municipal Court Location and Staff

The Mount Vernon Municipal Court is located at 5 North Gay Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio. The court is on the 3rd floor and is open from Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm. Our attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm have worked extensively with every judge and their staff at the Mount Vernon Municipal Court including:

·      John C. Thatcher, Judge
·      Lisa R. Mazza, Clerk of Court
·      William Champlin, Bailiff
·      Dave Priest, Chief Probation Officer

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Knox County Law Enforcement Resources

Knox County Sheriff – David Shaffer serves as the current sheriff for Knox County, Ohio. Click the link to view crime prevention tips and access accident reports.

Knox County Sheriff
11540 Upper Gilchrist Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Phone: (740) 397-3333

Mount Vernon Police Department –  Robert K. Morgan serves as the current police chief for the Mount Vernon Police Department. Scott McKnight is the police captain.

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 – Access the official website for the Knox County Common Pleas Court to see court staff, adult court services, and local rules.

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 view their staff, location, and forms.

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 the Knox County Clerk of Courts to conduct a record search and view office hours.

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

Knox County, OH – Access the official website for Knox County, OH to view employment opportunities, and public notices.

Ohio Department of Mental Health – Click the link to access the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to learn about suicide prevention, addiction treatment, and stress.

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Knox County Municipal Court Attorney | Mount Vernon, OH

Ohio’s municipal court laws are complex. If you have been charged with a serious traffic offense or crime, hire the experience of a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. The attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm can review your case and form strong defenses to properly represent you.

To schedule your first consultation for free, contact Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900. Joslyn Law Firm accepts cases from individuals charged with offenses in Knox County, Richland County, Holmes County, Licking County Morrow County, Delaware County, and Coshocton County.

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