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Muskingum County 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 Muskingum County Municipal Court lawyers in Columbus, OH and all of central Ohio. Experience matters when dealing with criminal charges in Muskingum 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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Muskingum County Municipal Court

The Municipal Court in Muskingum County is responsible for handling violations of city ordinances, minor criminal cases, and small claims. The Ohio Revised Code is utilized to determine the level of a defendant’s charge.

If you or someone you love has a case pending in the Muskingum Municipal Court, it is imperative to retain an experienced defense attorney. Our criminal defense attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm have years of experience defending individuals charged with crimes such as OVI, violent offenses, traffic offenses, and fraud offenses, among others. Contact Joslyn Law Firm to see how we can help you fight your case in the Muskingum County Municipal Court.

Muskingum County Municipal Court Attorney, OH

After an arrest for a criminal offense in Muskingum County, OH, it is important to secure an attorney who is experienced in fighting cases in the Municipal Court. Our practiced criminal defense lawyers at Joslyn Law Firm have handled a plethora of cases in the Muskingum County Court and can work one-on-one with you to obtain a reduction or dismissal of charges.

Joslyn Law Firm accepts cases in the surrounding areas including Noble County, Morgan County, Perry County, Guernsey County, and Coshocton County. To discuss your legal options, contact Joslyn Law Firm today at (614) 444-1900 to schedule a free consultation.


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Common Criminal Charges Filed in Muskingum Municipal Court

Here are some of the most common offenses that our Ohio criminal defense attorneys see filed in the Muskingum Municipal Court:

  • Operating a vehicle under the influence
  • Petty theft
  • Domestic violence
  • Petty Theft
  • Drug charges
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Marijuana crimes
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor
  • Criminal mischief
  • Criminal trespass
  • Disorderly conduct

Municipal Ordinances

  • Making false alarms or reports
  • Failure to report a crime, injury, or knowledge of a death
  • Gambling, public gaming, cheating, and other gaming violations
  • Discharging weapons within city limits
  • Obstructing official business or obstructing justice
  • Resisting arrest
  • Disturbing a lawful meeting
  • Noise ordinance violations
  • Failure to aid a law enforcement officer
  • Failure to control an animal
  • Abandoning an animal
  • Noxious and offensive odors
  • Weeds and landscaping nuisances
  • Hunting animals within city limits
  • Operating charity raffles or bingo games in violation of existing regulations

Traffic Offenses

  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Crossing a yellow line
  • Improper passing
  • Following too closely
  • Passing a stopped school bus
  • Obstructing an intersection
  • Crossing a divided highway
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians
  • Equipment violations (headlights, taillights, license plate lights, etc.)
  • Driving with an obstructed view (such as snow or ice on the windshield)
  • Driving left of the center lane
  • Driving with headphones
  • Failure to stop at a stop sign or red light violation
  • Illegal turns
  • Willful fleeing or evading a law enforcement officer
  • Failure to stop and identify at the scene of an accident (hit and run)
  • Drag racing
  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Speeding
  • Registration, tag, sticker, and title violations
  • Vehicular assault
  • One-way traffic violations

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Penalties for Criminal Charges in Muskingum Municipal Court

A misdemeanor in the state of Ohio is a serious matter. Although it does not result in a matter of hefty penalties compared to a felony, misdemeanors carry consequences that can be life-altering. Here are the possible sentences you could face for misdemeanor offenses in Ohio:

Classification: First-Degree Misdemeanor (M-1)

  • Up to 6 months of imprisonment
  • Up to $1,000 in fines

Classification: Second-Degree Misdemeanor (M-2)

  • Up to 90 days of imprisonment
  • Up to $750 in fines

Classification: Third-Degree Misdemeanor (M-3)

  • Up to 60 days of imprisonment
  • Up to $500 in fines

Classification: Fourth-Degree Misdemeanor (M-4)

  • Up to 30 days of imprisonment
  • Up to $250 in fines

Classification: Minor Misdemeanor (MM)

  • Length of Imprisonment: none
  • Up to $150 in fines

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Muskingum County Municipal Court Personnel

When appearing in court, it is important to know the staff, departments, and personnel that might be involved in your case. Our attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm have worked with:

  • Jay F. Vinsel – Judge
  • D Scott Rankin – Judge
  • Crystal M. Brokaw – Clerk of Court
  • Stacie Dennis – Deputy Clerk/Assignment Commissioner
  • Julie Soller – Deputy Clerk/Assignment Commissioner
  • Pam Bishop – Deputy Clerk – Traffic/Criminal
  • Jackie Compton – Deputy Clerk/Bookkeeper
  • Christy Landers – Deputy Clerk – Civil
  • Ruth Davis – Deputy Clerk – Civil

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Muskingum County Law Enforcement Resources

Muskingum County Sheriff – Matt Lutz serves as the current sheriff for Muskingum County, OH. Access the link to learn more about him.

Matt Lutz; Sheriff

1840 East Pike

Zanesville, OH 43701

(740) 452-3637

Muskingum County Police Department – The Muskingum Police Department is located in Zanesville, OH. The department currently has 43 support personnel and 56 police officers.

332 South Street

Zanesville, OH 43701

740-455-0700


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Muskingum County Court Resources

Muskingum County Common Pleas Clerk of Courts – – Wendy Sowers is the current clerk for the Muskingum County Common Pleas Clerk of the Courts. Click the website to search for electronic court records.

Wendy Sowers; Clerk

401 Main Street

Zanesville, Ohio 43701

(740) 455-7104

Muskingum County Juvenile Court – Eric D. Martin serves as the current judge for the Muskingum County juvenile court. Access their official website to view court rules, statutes, court programs, and more.

1860 East Pike

Zanesville, Ohio

(740) 453-0351

Muskingum County Courthouse –  The Muskingum County Courthouse is home to the Muskingum County Court of Common Pleas and its probate court.

27 N 5th St #301

Zanesville, OH 43701

(740) 455-7138


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Additional Resources

Ohio State Highway Patrol –  Access the official website for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. They help protect safety on highways.

Ohio Department of Public Safety

1970 West Broad Street

Columbus, Ohio 43223

Map of Muskingum County – Obtain directions to locations around Muskingum County.

Historic Muskingum County – Learn about the history of Muskingum County, OH.

Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction –  The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) consists of 600 provider agencies that offer treatment services for drug addiction and mental health.

 


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Muskingum Municipal Court Location and Contact Information

27 North 5th Street

Zanesville, OH 43701

Phone: (740) 455-7138

Hours:

Monday – Friday

8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.


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Ohio Municipal Court Lawyer, Muskingum County

If you have been arrested in Muskingum County or summoned to attend a hearing at the Muskingum County Municipal Court, obtaining a criminal defense attorney should be one of your top priorities. Our attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm have years of experience helping individuals charged with crimes in the jurisdiction of the Muskingum Municipal Court. We are available to answer your questions and offer a free consultation.

Contact Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 as soon as possible. If you reside in Muskingum County, or any of the surrounding cities including Zanesville, Cambridge, Coshocton, Newark, Pataskala, Marietta, Dover, Athens, Gahanna, and Mount Vernon, Lancaster, or Dover, we are prepared to take your call.


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