Licking County Court of Common Pleas

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Licking County Court of Common Pleas

75 E Main St.
Newark, OH 43055

Highly Experienced Licking Common Pleas Court Attorneys

The Joslyn Law Firm has a highly-experienced legal team that can protect your rights throughout any criminal case. Our criminal defense lawyers successfully represent clients in the Licking Common Pleas Court. They appear in this court regularly and are familiar with its procedures, court rules, and staff. Our legal support staff is committed to providing you with excellent customer service. They help our attorneys deliver the best possible results for every client, and they communicate with our clients regularly. Our team works together to serve every client well in every case. We believe in protecting your legal rights at every stage of a criminal proceeding.

Because our attorneys regularly appear in the Licking Court of Common Pleas, they are familiar with judges and prosecutors who work there. They know how to work with these prosecutors to negotiate fair plea deals. In cases in which plea deals are not appropriate, our attorneys are experienced litigators who can successfully navigate the legal and procedural challenges of trial. They know which arguments are persuasive to which judges. They know how to select jurors and present a case that will resonate with them. These skills allow our attorneys to deliver the best possible results for our clients. 

The Common Pleas Court hears felony charges that arise in Licking County. Because these charges are felonies, they can carry serious consequences. This is why it is so important that you have an experienced Licking criminal defense attorney representing you at every stage of criminal case proceedings. Your constitutional rights can be jeopardized before criminal charges are even filed against you. This is why it is important to hire an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you have an attorney fighting for you, the better protected your legal rights will be.

You can find a lot of information about the Licking County Court of Common Pleas online, such as how to find court records and case information, learn about the courthouse, locate jail information and find inmates, and more. The Criminal legal department usually operates from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, and you can contact individual departments for more specific information.

The following Licking Common Pleas Court Information Center will further explain court proceedings, and will hopefully answer some questions so that you can make an informed decision about your defense. Of course, this information cannot answer all your questions, nor can it provide information specific to your particular case. If you have questions that are not answered here, please call our office at (614) 444-1900 to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys. 

Licking Common Pleas Court Information Center

  1. Licking Common Pleas Court Overview and Information
  2. Common Criminal Charges in Licking County, Ohio
  3. Potential Penalties for Criminal Charges in Licking Common Pleas Court
  4. Diversion For Criminal Charges
  5. Criminal Case Court Process in Licking Common Pleas Court
  6. Warrants for Criminal Charges in Licking County, Ohio
  7. Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney For Cases in Licking Common Pleas Court
  8. Q&A for Licking Common Pleas Court Criminal Charges
  9. Licking County Community, Legal and Mental Health Resources
  10. Licking County Law Enforcement

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Licking Common Pleas Court Overview/Information

Ohio’s Courts of Common Pleas are the only trial courts created by the Ohio Constitution. They have general jurisdiction over criminal, civil, probate, juvenile, and domestic relations matters. The criminal division of the Common Pleas Court has jurisdiction over all felony and misdemeanor cases, but most misdemeanor cases are delegated to the Licking County Municipal Court. The Municipal Court also has the authority to hear cases involving city ordinance violations and conduct certain stages of felony criminal cases. The Municipal Court cannot conduct trials of felony charges, however. Felony trials must be conducted by the Court of Common Pleas.

Judge David Branstool is currently the only judge assigned to the Licking County Court of Common Pleas. He hears both civil and criminal cases filed in this court. (In larger counties, the Courts of Common Pleas are divided into general, probate, juvenile and domestic relations divisions).

Bill Hayes is currently serving as the Licking County Prosecutor. His office prosecutes felony charges in Licking County. (Misdemeanors are usually prosecuted by city attorneys in the applicable municipal court.) His office is organized into the Adult Felony Division, the Juvenile Division, the Civil Division, and the Victim Witness Division. Felonies filed in the Common Pleas Court will generally be prosecuted by the Adult Felony Division. (In cases where a juvenile defendant is being tried as an adult, the case can be handled by the Juvenile Division.)   

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Common Criminal Charges in Licking County, Ohio

The Court of Common Pleas has jurisdiction to try felony offenses. In cases where misdemeanor charges are filed with felony charges as part of the same incident, the Common Pleas Court can try all the charges together. Some of the more common charges our clients face involve the following.

Drug charges – In Ohio, you can expect to be aggressively prosecuted for drug-related offenses, which include possession of drugs or paraphernalia, possession with the intent to distribute, trafficking, or manufacture. You can face felony charges for possessing narcotics, but also medications without a prescription and other controlled substances. Penalties can increase based on the amount of drugs, type of drugs, and other factors.

Weapons and gun charges – Ohio is a gun-friendly state, and many people lawfully open carry or concealed carry with a permit. However, not everyone is permitted to have a firearm, and firearms are prohibited in certain locations and situations. If you possess a gun in the wrong place or concealed carry without a permit, you can face gun charges. You also might be charged for possessing a gun if the law prohibits you from having a weapon. If you are accused of using a firearm to commit another crime, those charges can be enhanced.

Theft and fraud offenses – Theft means taking something that belongs to another party without permission. There are several offenses that are considered to be theft, including shoplifting and stealing. You do not need to physical take an item, as many offenses involve using complex schemes to defraud others and obtain money. The charges and penalties for theft will depend on the value of what was taken.

Financial crimes – When an offense only involves financial losses and not physical harm, it is often called a white collar crime. While these crimes are not violent, they can involve large sums of money, which can mean serious felony charges and penalties. Some white collar crimes include investment fraud, mortgage or bank fraud, embezzlement, forgery, and bribery.

Property crimes – Property crimes involve entering property without permission and/or damaging someone else’s property. Some property crimes include arson, criminal trespass, burglary, and vandalism. One property crime is also considered to be a violent crime, which is the offense of robbery. This involves forcibly taking property from another person by using or threatening violence, and this is a very serious offense.

Sex crimes – Sex crime charges and convictions come with a harmful stigma that can follow you well into the future – or possibly for the rest of your life. Sex offense convictions can mean years in prison and sex offender registry, which can hurt your career, where you live, and your relationships. Some common sex crimes include sexual assault, child pornography, statutory rape, and indecent exposure.

There are also many additional charges we can defend against, including:

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

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Potential Penalties for Criminal Charges in the Licking County Court of Common Pleas

Ohio state law gives specific sentencing ranges that are available for each crime, overseen by the Ohio Sentencing Commission. Life sentences are available in cases involving aggravated murder, murder, human trafficking, certain sex offenses, and crimes with sexual motivation. After this, crimes are classified by degree. The following sentencing ranges apply to felonies:

  • Classification: First-Degree Felony (F-1)
    • Length of Imprisonment: 3 to 11 years (can be enhanced by 1 to 10 years if the defendant is a repeat violent offender)
    • Maximum Fine: $20,000
  • Classification: Second-Degree Felony (F-2)
    • Length of Imprisonment: 2 to 8 years (can be enhanced by 1 to 10 years if the defendant is a repeat violent offender)
    • Maximum Fine: $15,000
  • Classification: Third-Degree Felony (F-3)
    • Length of Imprisonment: 9 to 60 months (can be enhanced by 1 to 10 years for repeat violent offenders)
    • Maximum Fine: $10,000
  • Classification: Fourth-Degree Felony (F-4)
    • Length of Imprisonment: 9 to 18 months (no enhancements for repeat violent offender)
    • Maximum Fine: $5000
  • Classification: Fifth-Degree Felony (F-5)
    • Length of Imprisonment: 6 to 12 months (no enhancements for repeat violent offender)
    • Maximum Fine: $2500

The following sentencing ranges apply to misdemeanors:

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

As you can see, there is a wide range of sentences available for the same crime. A first-degree felony, for example, could result in a prison term as low as three years or as high as twenty-one years (if the defendant has a prior violent offense).  This shows the importance of hiring an experienced Licking criminal defense attorney who knows how to represent your interests to the court. Attorneys have the ability to make a significant difference at sentencing.

In addition to affecting the length of your prison term, an attorney can also affect the other terms and conditions of sentencing. There are also ranges of supervision required after your prison term is over, and your attorney can convince the judge that a shorter period is appropriate. In sex offense cases, the defendant must be assessed for risk to the community in order to determine what classification of sex offender he or she will be required to register as. In traffic cases, there might be administrative issues connected with your license suspension that can be challenged at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. In all these circumstances, an experienced attorney can make a difference in terms of your sentence.

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Diversion for Criminal Charges

You might wonder if there are any alternatives to prison for felony charges. There are, and an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you qualify for these programs. A diversion program allows a defendant to keep criminal charges off his or her record. After being charged, the defendant agrees to complete a program similar to probation. During this time, the defendant might have to submit to random drug tests, complete community service, participate in counseling, or meet other related conditions. The prosecutor agrees to dismiss the charges entirely once the defendant has successfully completed the program. This gives the defendant an incentive to remain law-abiding and get his or her life back on track.

Many prosecutors’ offices have specialized diversion programs that are aimed at solving specific problems. A domestic violence diversion program, for example, might require defendants to undergo anger management counseling or take parenting classes. Drug diversion programs are common. Here in Licking, County Prosecutor Bill Hays launched a Second Chance diversion program in January 2019. The Newark Advocate reports that the program is run through the adult probation department. Eligible defendants are invited to participate in the program before the prosecutor seeks an indictment from the grand jury. If they successfully complete the program, the case is dismissed, and the defendant can apply to have his or her record sealed. If the defendant drops out of the program, the prosecutor then seeks an indictment from a grand jury. This program is unique in its early intervention. Hays reports that it is the only pre-indictment diversion program he is aware of in the state.

Drug offenses are not the only cases that can be dismissed through a diversion program. Work with your attorney to see what – if any – options are available to you. First-time defendants who are accused of non-violent offenses often have more options available to them, and our experienced criminal defense attorneys know how to find them.

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Criminal Case Process in Licking County Common Pleas Court

It is important for defendants to understand the court process they will face. This helps them take control of their case and make informed decisions about the best strategy for resolving the charges against them.

(1) Charges are filed

Criminal charges are filed by prosecutors – not law enforcement officers. Police forward their reports to the appropriate prosecutor’s office. The attorneys then make the decision about whether to charge a suspect. If the prosecutor does wish to file charges, he or she has two options: first, charges can be filed directly by the prosecutor in the court. Second, the prosecutor can present the evidence to a grand jury and ask for an indictment. A grand jury indictment is more difficult to challenge in preliminary court hearings, so prosecutors prefer this option for serious charges (such as homicide or sexual offenses against children). A felony charge is almost always accompanied by an arrest warrant. This means the suspect will be taken into custody as soon as local law enforcement officers execute the warrant.

(2) Initial court appearances

Once the defendant is taken into custody, he or she has the right to see a judge within a short time. (This is usually about 24 hours, but it can take longer on weekends and holidays.) The defendant also has the right to hear the charges against him. This is known as an arraignment. Finally, the defendant has the right to challenge his or her release conditions. This includes the amount of bail and form in which it must be paid, electronic monitoring, orders to stay away from specific persons or places, and any other pretrial release conditions the court has issued.

(3)Exchange of evidence and witnesses

Once you have had your initial hearing (or hearings), your case will enter the discovery phase. This is when the prosecutor and defense attorney exchange their evidence in the case. Evidence consists of documents (such as a police report), witnesses who will testify for or against the defendant, and physical evidence. Physical evidence can be forensic (such as fingerprints or DNA analysis of a bloodstain). It can also be evidence used in the crime itself (such as a weapon).

The Sixth Amendment grants defendants the right to confront the evidence against them. This means that the prosecutor must notify the defendant of any evidence he or she intends to use. If the prosecutor fails to do so, the evidence cannot be used at trial. State laws and local rules also govern the exchange of evidence. Attorneys in any type of case – civil, criminal, probate, domestic relations or juvenile – must follow these rules in order to give the other attorney a fair opportunity to rebut the evidence. Failure to follow these state and local rules can also result in evidence being excluded at trial.

(4) Pretrial matters

As evidence is exchanged, each attorney learns more about the case. This can often result in legal issues that must be resolved before trial. These legal issues can be substantive issues of law, such as whether the police violated your Fourth Amendment protections against illegal searches and seizures. They can also be procedural matters, such as whether a document was filed within the timeframe allowed by law. The attorneys will usually work together to attempt to resolve these issues without the intervention of the court. Sometimes, of course, it is necessary to let a judge determine the issue. In these cases, you might have a hearing before the trial. The judge will take evidence and listen to arguments from both attorneys on the issue. At the end of the hearing, the judge can issue a ruling right away, but will usually wait to deliver his or her ruling in a written opinion. This written opinion will state the reasons for the ruling. This allows the ruling to be challenged on appeal.

(5) Trial

Once all evidence has been disclosed to the other side, and the court has ruled on any preliminary issues, your case can proceed to trial. You will have the opportunity to assist your attorney in selecting a jury. After the jury has been empaneled and the judge issues preliminary instructions, each attorney will be allowed to make an opening statement. This is a brief statement about the case. The attorneys cannot present evidence during their opening statements. They can, however, explain to the jury what they intend to prove, and what they expect the evidence to show.

The prosecution begins by presenting its witnesses and evidence. Your defense attorney will have the opportunity to cross-examine each witness. Once the prosecution has presented all its evidence, it will rest. The defense attorney then presents his or her evidence. The defense can also present witnesses and physical evidence. The defendant may also testify on his or her own behalf. This is an important decision. You and your attorney should discuss the risks and benefits of testifying at your trial well in advance so you have time to make an informed decision about testifying before your case goes to trial.

Once the defense rests, the prosecutor may call rebuttal witnesses. These rebuttal witnesses may only address issues that the defense raised during its presentation. After the prosecutor’s rebuttal witnesses, the defense may be allowed to call rebuttal witnesses, as well. Rebuttals are not often used in criminal trials. They are, however, an important tool, and your defense attorney should be prepared to present rebuttal evidence if necessary.

After all evidence and rebuttals have been presented, the judge will give the jury final instructions about its deliberations. The case is then given to the jury to decide. If the jury finds the defendant not guilty, he or she is free to go. If the defendant is found guilty, the case will proceed to the sentencing phase. In some cases involving mandatory prison terms, the defendant will be taken into custody immediately after the jury issues a guilty verdict.

(6) Sentencing

Some people are under the impression that there is little to be done after a defendant is found guilty. This is almost never the case. The fact is that a defense attorney can greatly impact the sentence you receive. Your attorney can negotiate a reduced sentence as part of a plea agreement. If you are found guilty, your attorney will have the opportunity to make arguments at a sentencing hearing. This, too, can result in a lesser sentence.

Most offenses are subject to a sentencing range set forth by the Ohio Revised Code. After a defendant is found guilty, the court must then issue a sentence within this range. The prosecutor often wants the sentence to fall at the longer end of the range while the defendant wants the sentence to fall at the shorter end of the sentencing range. At the sentencing hearing, each attorney can present evidence and arguments as to what sentence is appropriate. This can include evidence about the defendant’s risk to society or risk of committing other crimes. Defense attorneys often present evidence about the defendant’s work history, family support, and other factors that will keep the defendant on a law-abiding path. After both attorneys have presented their evidence, the court will issue a sentence that is later put in writing. This allows the sentence to be challenged on appeal.

In some cases, the prosecutor and defense attorney might work together to negotiate a sentence that both attorneys will ask for. The court has the authority to ignore this joint request and issue some other sentence within the statutory sentencing range. But often, the power of a joint request will convince the court that the agreed-upon sentence is appropriate. Here, too, your attorney can affect the outcome of your case by convincing the prosecutor not to ask for a longer sentence. 

Plea Negotiations

Not all criminal cases will go to trial. In fact, the vast majority of criminal cases in the United States are resolved through plea agreements. A plea agreement can be reached at any time prior to trial. As soon as your attorney learns of the charges against you, he or she can begin working with the assigned prosecutor to negotiate a plea deal. The goal of a plea deal is for a defendant to plead guilty in exchange for reduced charges or a reduced sentence. Prosecutors simply do not have the time, money, or resources to try every case they are assigned. Because of this, they are willing to offer reduced charges and agree to shorter sentences for those defendants who are willing to plead guilty.

During these negotiations, the attorneys will work to find the “happy medium” that results in an appropriate sentence. Both sides must understand the strengths and weaknesses of their own case. They must also have realistic expectations of their odds of success at trial. Many defendants are uncomfortable committing to a plea deal until they understand that they are likely to be convicted at trial. The lengthy minimum prison terms they would face can often be reduced in the course of effective plea negotiations.

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Warrants for Criminal Charges in Newark, Ohio and Licking County

It is never pleasant to face felony charges in the Licking County Common Pleas Court. It is an overwhelming process that can result in serious consequences. Unfortunately, the fear of facing these consequences causes some defendants to ignore their cases entirely. This is a mistake. If you ignore a summons to the Court of Common Pleas, a judge can issue a warrant for your arrest. This means that you can be arrested at any time – at work in front of your boss, at home in front of your children, or even during a routine traffic stop. You might then need someone to bail you out.

The suspense of an arrest warrant is often more stressful than simply going to court and dealing with the charges against you. If you attempt to evade arrest, you can be charged with additional crimes. Family members or friends who assist you can also be charged with crimes. This, too, is far worse than simply going to court and facing the case.

At the start of a criminal case, a defense attorney has many options for resolving the case. He or she may be able to negotiate a favorable plea agreement. If the prosecutor’s evidence is weak, a defense attorney can sometimes have the charges dismissed altogether. But if you ignore a summons – or worse, attempt to evade arrest – your attorney’s options will become more and more limited. By consulting with an attorney as soon as possible, you will give yourself the best possible chance for the best possible outcome of your case. Ignoring the case against you will almost always make the situation much, much worse.

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Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney For Cases in Licking County Common Pleas Court

As we have seen, the penalties for a felony conviction can be serious. It is absolutely critical to have an experienced defense attorney protecting your legal rights throughout the criminal case process. If the police searched your home illegally, took evidence without a warrant (or warrant exception), coerced an involuntary confession, or otherwise violated your constitutional rights, this evidence cannot be used against you. An experienced attorney can also make a serious difference in the outcome of your sentence. Whether in a plea agreement or during a sentencing hearing after a conviction, your sentence can affect the rest of your life.

Of course, knowing how important it is to hire a criminal defense attorney does not make it easier to select the right attorney. Here are some important considerations when you are considering different defense lawyers:

  • Experience: In criminal defense, there is simply no substitute for experience. Experienced defense attorneys will be familiar with both the law and procedure of your case. They will know how to negotiate with prosecutors effectively and tailor creative solutions that satisfy both parties’ needs. They will know which arguments to use with a prosecutor, judge, or jury. They will know which arguments are effective at a bail hearing and which are effective at sentencing. An experienced attorney will give you the best possible defense and legal protection throughout the criminal case process.
  • Familiarity with your charges: General experience in criminal law is important, but it is also important that your attorney has experience with your particular charges. Drug cases are handled differently than domestic violence cases. Prosecutors have different concerns and will be looking for different concessions in a plea agreement. Juries look at these charges differently, too. You need an attorney who has experience with the type of charges you are facing.
  • Familiarity with your court: Each court has its own quirks. Procedures and staff are different in each, and it is helpful to have an attorney who has worked in your court before. Our experienced attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm know the Licking County Court of Common Pleas. We have appeared before Judge Branstool and know his staff. We can help you navigate this court successfully.

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Q&A for Licking County Common Pleas Court Criminal Charges

We cannot answer all your questions here, and we cannot answer questions specific to your particular case. Please call our office at (614) 444-1900 to schedule a consultation. One of our experienced criminal defense attorneys will be able to answer your questions in person. This guide will, however, answer some of the most common questions our attorneys get about the Licking County Court of Common Pleas.

What is the Licking County Common Pleas Court?

The Common Pleas Courts of Ohio have jurisdiction over criminal matters. Most misdemeanor cases are heard in the municipal courts, so the Courts of Common Pleas deal with mainly felony charges. These charges can be serious. This is why it is important to work with an experienced attorney who is familiar with both the Licking County Common Pleas Court and the particular charges you are facing.

Where is the Common Pleas Court located?

The Common Pleas Court is located at One Courthouse Square, just off Main Street in downtown Newark. The Clerk of Court is also located in this building in the large grassy quadrangle.

Do I have to have an attorney to appear in the Common Pleas Court?

You have the right to consult with an attorney before making any statements to police or appearing in court on felony charges. You do not have to exercise this right. If you do not, however, your legal rights will not be protected. Remember, it is not a prosecutor’s job to protect your constitutional rights. A prosecutor also does not have to make a plea deal with you (or give you the same plea deal he or she would offer if you had an attorney).

We have discussed the serious consequences you face when you are charged with a felony. Felonies can carry a prison term of anywhere from six months to life in prison. The sentence you get can be greatly affected by the evidence your attorney is able to present at sentencing. Persuasive arguments can reduce your prison sentence by years. Many of our clients consider attorney’s fees to be an important investment in their future.

What happens when you have a warrant in Licking County?

If you believe you have a warrant out for your arrest, you should contact a criminal defense attorney right away. If you ignore the matter, you can be arrested on the spot the next time you encounter law enforcement officers.

How do I clear a warrant in Licking County?

A criminal defense lawyer can advise of your options to clear a warrant. Sometimes, you might have to arrange a time to turn yourself in, which can involve getting booked and then released. In some cases, your attorney might be able to clear the warrant without you going to jail at all.

Where will someone be in custody if they are arrested?

If someone is arrested in Licking County, they might be booked and detained in the Licking County Sheriff’s Office Jail. You can do an inmate search to be sure or speak with a criminal defense lawyer who can find out more information for you.

Why is someone in custody?

If charges have already been filed, you can find out what those are when you conduct an inmate search.

Can you post a bond to have them released?

Your inmate search should also inform you whether there needs to be a bond posted for someone’s release. Always call a criminal defense lawyer before posting bond, however, since a lawyer might be able to argue for lower or no bond.

Where do you post a bond for a case?

You can post bond at the Licking County jail or at the courthouse where the case will be heard.

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Licking County Community and Mental Health Resources


Licking County Clerk of Court – Provides information about the Court of Common Pleas and helpful contact and case information.


Licking County Law Library – Gives you access to legal resources and databases to conduct research on your own or with the help of a law librarian.


Licking County Auditor – The chief fiscal officer for the County who assesses taxes and keeps financial records.


Licking County Child Support Enforcement – Makes it easier to pay and receive child support and works to enforce support orders when nonpayment is an issue.


Licking County Job and Family Services – Helps families in the area with employment, school, child care, and healthcare related issues.


Licking County Prosecutor’s Office – Files criminal charges against individuals suspected of crimes and pursues convictions in the Court of Common Pleas.


Licking County Chamber of Commerce – Helping businesses and owners with economic development, networking, and more.


Map of Licking County – Learn about the layout of Licking County and obtain directions.


About Licking County – Information about the history and current state of Licking County and its residents.


Crime Data for Newark, Ohio – Learn about crime rates and incidences in the seat of Licking County.


Elected county officials – Get to know a range of elected officials who represent the residents of Licking County.


Court and court services in Licking County – Find information about civil and criminal court services and obtain case information.


Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties – Providing mental health services and substance abuse treatment in a variety of forms.


Licking County Veterans’ Service Commission Providing temporary financial assistance, transportation, and help accessing benefits to Licking County veterans.


Licking County Transit Board – Provides on-demand public transportation throughout Licking County.


Integrated Services for Behavioral Health – Provides counseling, psychiatry, and other support services for people in Licking County.


Mental Health America Licking County – Provides a variety of programs promoting mental health for children, teens, and adults.


Licking County Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health Services – Addresses issues such as mood and eating disorders, addiction, and psychiatric disorders.

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Licking County Law Enforcement

Newark Police Department: The Newark Police Department investigates felonies and misdemeanors that occur within Newark city limits. The Department also enforces traffic laws and local ordinances. Follow the link above to learn more about the Department, file a Citizens Complaint, request a copy of a police or crash report, or complete a police satisfaction survey.

Headquarters Address

39 S. Fourth Street

Newark, Ohio


Lobby Hours

Monday: 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

Tuesday: 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

Thursday: 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Holidays: Closed



Emergency: 911

Non Emergency: (740) 670-7200

Chief Barry Connell: (740) 670-7214


Licking County Sheriff’s Department: The Sheriff’s Department investigates crimes and enforces the law throughout Licking County. It is the primary law enforcement service for unincorporated areas of Licking County that are not served by municipal police departments.


155 E. Main Street

Newark, Ohio 43055


Emergency: Call 911

Non-Emergency: (740) 670-5555 (Patrol Division – use this number if you need to file a report or have a deputy sheriff dispatched to your location)

Civil Records Division: (740) 670-5541

Information for jail inmates can be found here. Family members and loved ones should note that the Licking County Sheriff’s Office – like many other law enforcement departments across the country – allows only video visitation. Follow the link above to learn how to arrange for video visitation, what items can be mailed to inmates, and what programs are available to inmates while in custody.

Contact Our Licking County Court of Common Pleas Defense Attorneys

If you need defense representation in the Licking County Court of Common Pleas, you should not wait to contact the legal team at The Joslyn Law Firm for assistance.


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