Licking County Court Contact Information:
40 West Main Street
3rd Floor
Newark, Ohio 43055
Click Here for the Licking County Municipal Court Official Website

Municipal Court in Licking County

Licking County is located in Columbus, Ohio. According to the United States Census Bureau, Licking County has a population of more than 170,500.

The Licking County Municipal Court has jurisdiction over municipal ordinances, misdemeanor criminal and traffic matters, non-traffic misdemeanors as well as certain stages of felony offenses. The level of offenses is defined by statue in Ohio.

In misdemeanor and criminal traffic misdemeanor cases, the municipal court in Licking County conducts all stages of a misdemeanor criminal or traffic proceedings including jury trial and sentencing if there is a conviction.

Some of these criminal cases start off in the various Mayor's Courts in Licking County including:

  • Westerville Mayor's Court
  • Worthington Mayor's Court
  • Dublin Mayor's Court

If the person is charged with a criminal offense in Mayor's Court, that person through their criminal defense attorney can opt to have the case transferred to municipal court for a jury trial or evidentiary hearing.

Currently, two judges serve on the Licking County Municipal Court:

Judge Michael F. Higgins

Judge David N. Stansbury 

Appeals from the Mayor's Court are also heard in the Licking County Municipal Court. Ohio Municipal Courts have restricted jurisdiction that allows them to only hear certain types of cases.

For some types of cases, like felony offenses, only preliminary hearings are heard in the Municipal Court.

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Lawyer for Licking County Municipal Court

After an arrest or detention for a criminal offense in Licking County, Ohio, contact an attorney experienced in fighting cases in Municipal Court or throughout the various Mayor's Courts in the County.

The attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm represent clients charged with a range of felony, misdemeanor traffic offenses, non-traffic misdemeanors, and traffic violations.

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. <hr>

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Types of Cases Heard in Municipal Courts in Licking County Area

Cases heard in the Municipal Court in Licking County include criminal accusations relating to property and environment. The court handles Traffic Offenses and non-traffic misdemeanors such as:


  • Driving with a revoked or suspended License
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Unauthorized use of a vehicle
  • Driving under suspension
  • Driving with an expired license
  • Reckless Driving
  • Driving under FRA suspension
  • Fictitious license plates
  • Driving without a license
  • OVI first offense
  • OVI second offense
  • OVI third offense
  • Hit-Skip (leaving the scene or hit and run)


  • Domestic Violence
  • Assault


  • Petty Theft
  • shoplifting
  • Theft
  • Complicity to theft


  • Criminal Trespass
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Possession of a schedule IV drug
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Obstructing official business
  • Criminal damaging
  • Sexual imposition
  • Inducing panic
  • Discharge of a firearm in prohibited area
  • Criminal mischief
  • Disorderly conduct while intoxicated
  • Counts of child endangering
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of marijuana

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Penalties for Crimes Prosecuted in Licking County Municipal Court

The possible outcomes following a conviction in Licking County Municipal Court will depend on how the underlying offense is classified:

  • A first degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and fines up to $1,000.
  • A second degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines up to $750.
  • A third degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and fines up to $500.
  • A fourth degree misdemeanor is punishavle by up to 30 days in jail and fines up to $250.
  • A minor misdemeanor is not punishable by jail time, but a fine of up to $150 can be imposed.

The Municipal Court is located at:
Municipal Court in Licking County, OH
40 West Main Street
3rd Floor
Newark, Ohio 430055

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The Clerk's Office in Licking Count

The Clerk's Office in Licking County maintains the public record on all court caes in the Municipal Court as well as distributing fees, court costs and fines for the underlying cases.

Acoording to their website, the annual report shows that in 2015 there were more than $15,000 total cases for the Traffic/Criminal Division. The State of Ohio recieved $761,021.84. The city of Newark received $1,933,617.70 for the cases in both the civil and criminal divisions.

Additional Resources

Municipal Court in Licking County -- Visit the official website for the Licking County Municipal Court to find out more information about the location, contact information, and the procedures required in Licking Count Municipal Court. Also find access to the Licking County Clerk's Office. The clerk's office is the main processing center for virtually all court and case documents. The clerk issues, records, and files these documents in accordance with the local rules of the court and the Ohio Revised Code Statutes.

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Find a lawyer for Licking County Municipal Court in Columbus, OH

Have you or someone you know been arrested in Licking County, Ohio, by an officer with the Newark Police Department or the Licking County Sheriff's Department? If you are planning for a hearing at the Municipal Court then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm have handled multiple cases in Municipal Court hearings throughout Licking County, OH, and the entire greater Columbus area.

We also accept cases in the surrounding counties of Franklin County, Fairfield County, Madison County, Pickaway County, Union County, Knox County, Coshocton County, Muskingum County, Delaware County and Perry County.

If you or someone you know is facing a criminal prosecution in Licking County Municipal Court, 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 Wednesday, September 6th, 2017.

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