Madison County

We have a proven track record of success in handling over 15,000 criminal cases and are consistently awarded as one of Ohio’s Best Criminal Defense Firms. We treat our clients like family with a non-judgmental approach. Knowledge is power in any situation. We are here to help educate you about your circumstances. Use our resources below to contact us and learn how we can help you.

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Criminal Defense Lawyers in Madison County’s Juvenile Court, Municipal Court, and Common Pleas Court

Whether you find yourself – or your child – facing a traffic citation, a city ordinance violation, a misdemeanor, or a felony, it’s a serious matter, and you need experienced legal counsel in your corner. It’s important to recognize that the criminal justice system is not on your side; in fact, it’s rigged against you. The potential consequences of a conviction, including steep fines and penalties in addition to the social implications, make leaving your case to chance far too risky. Without the professional legal counsel of a dedicated criminal defense attorney, you’re far more likely to incriminate yourself by handing the prosecution information that they turn around and use against you.  


At Joslyn Law Firm, we appreciate your predicament, and we commit the full force of our experience, legal acumen, and resources to successfully protecting the rights of clients like you – in support of favorable case resolutions. Regardless of whether your case lands in the Madison County Municipal Court, the Madison County Juvenile Court, or the Madison County Common Pleas Court, our dedicated criminal defense attorneys have intimate working knowledge in each of these courthouses and are well prepared to apply that knowledge to your case.


A conviction following any one of these can lead to substantial consequences that could play a pivotal role in your future. Ensuring your best defense means working closely with an experienced criminal defense attorney who is well acquainted with the Madison County criminal justice and court system. This includes knowing the court’s culture, judges, personnel, staff, customs, rules, regulations, and more. When you enter a court system, you enter a small world unto itself, and knowing what makes it tick is critical – but this is difficult to accomplish without the legal advocacy of a skilled criminal defense attorney with considerable experience in that very court system.


At Joslyn Law Firm, we’re proud of the close working relationships we’ve forged throughout the Madison County court system and are well positioned to help you obtain a legal resolution that supports you and your future – whether this means having your charges dismissed, prevailing in court with a not-guilty verdict, or minimizing the penalties you face.

Madison County Criminal Defense Attorneys


Defense attorney Brian Joslyn understands how traumatic and stressful an arrest can be for a person. More importantly, he understands the serious implications of a potential conviction. Joslyn Law Firm, founded by Brian Joslyn, remains dedicated to helping clients fight for their futures. This may mean pursuing a variety of defense strategies to help achieve dismissed charges or minimized penalties. The Joslyn Law Firm has award-winning criminal defense attorneys ready to strategize your best defense.


We dedicate our practice to aggressively defending the rights of men, women, and youths charged with criminal offenses in Madison County and throughout Central Ohio, including both misdemeanors and felonies in the following practice areas:


·      Madison County DUI

·      Drug Crimes

·      Marijuana Offenses

·      Violations of Probation

·      Domestic Violence Crime in Madison County

·      Violent Crimes

·      Weapons Charges

·      Theft Crimes

·      Property Crimes

·      Madison Juvenile Crimes

·      Criminal Record Sealing in Madison

·      Madison County Civil Protection Order


Our impressive legal team’s commitment to supporting the rights of our clients and to successfully guiding them through the Madison County court system is unmatched, and our track record of notable victories throughout multiple jurisdictions backs up this claim. We tackle every case we take on with the same level of dedication to justice, and we’re committed to helping you successfully move past your charges. Our goals include helping you better understand the charge you face and its potential resolutions, building your most comprehensive defense, and helping you avoid the weight of a criminal conviction on your record (via every legal means available) if at all possible.


We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to call Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 to discuss your situation with Brian Joslyn today. Your initial consultation is free, and you’ll be under no obligation to hire an attorney, but doing so can provide you with the vital information and critical legal insight you need to obtain your most favorable case resolution.

Madison County Criminal Courts Information Center

  1. Madison County: General Information and Overview
  2. Madison County: Common Criminal Charges
  3. Madison County: Penalties for Criminal Convictions
  4. Madison County: Warrants
  5. Madison County: Hiring Your Criminal Defense Attorney
  6. Madison County: Criminal Defense Q&As
  7. Madison County and the City of London: Law Enforcement
  8. Madison County: Resources
  9. Madison County: In the News
  10. Madison County: Court Locations and Contact Information


Wherever you fall on the spectrum of criminal charges, this information provides a solid starting point that can help you better understand your next best steps. If you or your child is facing a criminal charge of any kind, it’s in the best interest of your case and your future to reach out to an experienced Madison County criminal defense attorney today.

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1) Madison County: General Information and Overview

Madison County is named for the fourth President of the United States and is located between Springfield and Columbus in Central Ohio. The area’s principal focus is agriculture, which accounts for 88 percent of the land. Madison County is home to one of the largest farm exhibitions in the world, Farm Science Review hosted by Ohio State University. Madison County also boasts its share of beautiful outdoor destinations and activities, including:


      Madison Lake State Park

      Miles of Rails to Trails

      Big Darby Creek

      The Jonathan Alder Cabin

      The nationally historic Red Brick Tavern


The U.S. Census estimate for Madison County’s 2019 population is 44,731, and the county seat is London.

London avoids many of the hassles of more populated cities, but this does not mean that crime is unknown here. Its crime rate statistics include:


      London’s crime index is 21, which means that it is safer than 21 percent of the cities in the United States.

      London’s crime rate for violent crimes is 1.95 per 1,000 residents.

      London’s crime rate for property crimes is 23.27 per 1,000 residents.

      For comparison purposes, an individual’s risk of being victimized in a violent crime is 1 in 514 in London, but this same risk measurement for the State of Ohio overall is 1 in 357.

      Relative to other communities of similar size across the nation, London stands out for its substantially higher crime rate (for violent and property crimes combined).  


When criminal charges are levied in Madison County, they are brought – in accordance with the charge – in one of the following court systems:


      If the person charged is a juvenile (who is being charged as a juvenile and not as an adult), the Madison County Juvenile Court takes the case.

      If the charge is a traffic citation, an ordinance violation, or a misdemeanor, the Madison County Municipal Court takes the case.

      If the charge is a felony, the Madison County Common Pleas Court takes the case.


Whatever kind of charge you (or your child) face, moving through the court system with an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows the ropes in this very system is critical. When your Madison County criminal defense attorney has extensive experience under his or her belt in this exact legal space, it can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

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2) Madison County: Common Criminal Charges

Ohio has highly specific laws on the books that guide the prosecution of crimes throughout the state, and Madison County adds some legal tweaks of its own. All told, a conviction of any criminal charge can adversely affect your future. Let’s do a deeper dive into the charges that are most commonly associated with each court system.

Madison County Municipal Court

If you have been charged with an ordinance violation, a traffic citation, or a misdemeanor, your case will proceed through the Madison County Municipal Court, which typically presides over cases like the following:


      failure to aid a law enforcement officer

      Failure to report knowledge of a death, a crime, or a serious injury

      Failure to control an animal

      Abandonment of an animal

      The hunting of animals within city limits

      The making of a false report or alarm

      Discharge of a weapon within city limits

      Violation of a noise ordinance

      The obstruction of official business or other forms of obstruction of justice

      Disturbance of a lawful meeting

      Creation of noxious and offensive odors

      Creation of a landscape and/or weed nuisance