Pickaway County

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

If you, your child, or another relative are facing a charge of any magnitude – from a traffic citation to an ordinance violation, misdemeanor, or felony – in Pickaway County, moving forward with a solid defense and experienced legal counsel is key to protecting your rights and your future prospects. Simply putting your faith in the criminal justice system and hoping for the best is ill advised. In fact, the system is stacked against you, and the idea that you are innocent until proven guilty won’t do much to protect your rights if you don’t fight for them. The consequences of a conviction are simply too significant not to move proceed with purpose – and with an experienced Pickaway criminal defense attorney by your side.


If you or your loved one is facing a charge in any of the following categories (or if there’s a warrant out for your arrest), don’t wait to contact Joslyn Law Firm:


      A traffic citation

      An ordinance violation

      A misdemeanor

      A felony


At Joslyn Law Firm, we understand the difficult position you find yourself in, and we are well positioned to help. We are committed to applying our impressive legal might to the exact circumstances of your case in our concerted efforts to obtain a favorable resolution. We have a very close working knowledge of the Pickaway County courts, including the Juvenile Court, the Municipal Court (the Circleville Municipal Court), and the Common Pleas Court. This extends to close working relationships with the judges and court personnel, which can prove to be a distinct advantage for your case.  The surest way forward is to work closely with a resourceful criminal defense attorney with a wealth of experience successfully navigating the Pickaway County court system. This includes having a feel for each court’s culture and preferences, rules, regulations, restrictions, and customs – in addition to its judges, personnel, office workers, and staff. It’s a tall order, but Joslyn Law Firm is able to deliver.


Pickaway County Criminal Defense Attorneys

At Joslyn Law Firm, we have earned our stellar track record of successfully guiding more than 15,000 criminal cases toward favorable resolutions while consistently being recognized as one of Ohio’s best criminal defense firms. When you come to us with a criminal defense concern, we treat you like family – but without all that pesky judgement. We know firsthand that anyone can face a criminal charge, and we’ve dedicated our careers to providing our most robust defense for every case we take on. Because knowledge is power, we’re here to help educate you about the strengths and challenges of your case, your best options moving forward, our solid defense strategy, and more.


Our lead attorney, Brian Joslyn, is an award-winning criminal defense attorney who has walked in your shoes, and his personal experience informs our commitment to providing your strongest defense. As a young man, Mr. Joslyn experienced police brutality in the course of a traumatizing arrest for which the charges were ultimately dropped. The damage, however, doesn’t necessarily evaporate when one’s charges are dropped, and Mr. Joslyn and the rest of our compassionate legal team understand exactly how difficult – and important – clearing one’s name in the court of public opinion can also be. In other words, we’re on your side from your first phone call to our office all the way to your case’s resolution – and beyond. In fact, we have an impressive array of notable victories backing up this claim.


Mr. Joslyn’s work focuses exclusively on criminal defense, which includes all of the following practice areas (in addition to many others):


Pickaway County DUI

Drug Offenses

Pickaway County Marijuana Arrest

Violation of Probation

Domestic Violence

Violent Crimes

Theft Crimes

Sex Crimes

Pickaway County’s Criminal Court Information Center

  1. Pickaway County: General Information and Overview
  2. Pickaway County: Common Criminal Charges
  3. Pickaway County: Penalties for Criminal Convictions
  4. Pickaway County: Warrants
  5. Pickaway County: Hiring Your Criminal Defense Attorney
  6. Pickaway County: Criminal Defense FAQs
  7. Pickaway County and Circleville: Law Enforcement
  8. Pickaway County: Resources
  9. Pickaway County: In the News
  10. Pickaway County: Court Locations and Contact Information

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1) Pickaway County: General Information and Overview

The name Pickaway County is a derivative of a Shawnee name. The county seat is Circleville, which takes its name from a massive ancient earthwork circle on the site where the early town was built. The county is about 502 square miles in size and, in 2013, had a population of 56,304. The vast majority of land in Pickaway County is used for agricultural purposes.

While Circleville (population 13,965) isn’t a large town, it’s well represented when it comes to crime statistics, including all of the following:


      Circleville has a crime index of 7, which means it is safer than only 7 percent of other cities.

      Circleville sees 43 violent crimes annually (3.08 out of every 1,000 residents experience a violent crime) and 530 property crimes annually (39.75 out of every 1,000 residents endure a property crime).

      The chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Circleville (1 in 325) is a bit higher than it is for the State of Ohio generally (1 in 357).


If you – or your child – is facing criminal charges in Pickaway County, your case will proceed through one of the following courts:


      If the person charged is a juvenile (who is being charged as a juvenile), the case will go to the Pickaway County Juvenile Court.

      If the charge is a traffic citation, an ordinance violation, or a misdemeanor, the case will go to the Circleville Municipal Court.

      If the charge is a felony, the case will go to the Pickaway County Common Pleas Court.


Regardless of the charge, however, having a criminal defense attorney who is well acquainted with the Pickaway County court system on your side can be critical to the outcome of your case.

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2) Pickaway County: Common Criminal Charges

While there are myriad criminal charges on the books in Ohio, there are certain charges that are more likely to come through the courts.


Circleville Municipal Court

The Circleville Municipal Court is where all ordinance violations, traffic citations, and most misdemeanors are tried. The kinds of charges that commonly land here include:


      Failing to report one’s knowledge of a death, crime, or serious injury

      Failing to come to the aid of a law enforcement officer

      Abandoning an animal

      Failing to control an animal

      Hunting an animal within city limits

      Discharging a weapon within city limits

      Making false reports or alarms

      Violating a noise ordinance

      Creating noxious and offensive fumes

      Creating a landscape and/or weed nuisance

      Obstructing official business or engaging in another kind of obstruction of justice

      Disturbing a lawful meeting

      Operating a charity raffle or bingo game in violation of existing regulations

      Engaging in public gaming, gambling, cheating, and/or violating any other gaming ordinance


While these are relatively minor charges, being convicted of any one of them can have wide-ranging negative consequences, including fines, penalties, and social roadblocks.


Traffic Violations

Traffic offenses are the category of offense heard most often at the Circleville Municipal Court, and some of the more common charges include:


      Failing to yield to pedestrians

      Failing to yield the right-of-way

      Failing to stop at a red light, stop sign, or other traffic signal

      Violating a tag, sticker, registration, and/or title ordinance

      Following another vehicle too closely

      Making a turn illegally

      Driving the wrong way on a one-way road

      Passing another vehicle illegally

      Driving with headphones on

      Driving with an obstructed view

      Driving at an unsafe speed (that either exceeds the speed limit or that is too fast in relation to the condition of the road)

      Crossing a yellow line

      Crossing a divided highway

      Obstructing an intersection

      Drag racing

      Passing a school bus that’s stopped


While you might not give a traffic ticket too much thought, it’s important to note that the consequences of simply accepting guilt and paying the ticket can negatively affect your future. One important consideration is that these charges lead to points on your driving record that can ultimately lead to license suspension. Before moving forward, you are well advised to consult with a criminal defense attorney who has considerable experience in the Circleville Municipal Court.

Some traffic offenses are so serious they carry misdemeanor charges, including:


      Hit and Runs

      Vehicular Assault

      Texting behind the Wheel

      Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Violations

      Driving with a Suspended License

      Reckless Driving and Reckless Operation of a Vehicle


DUI: Driving under the Influence

The charges Operating a vehicle under the influence and Driving under the influence (OVI and DUI) are very serious charges that are also quite common. Either charge can lead to steep fines, to the possibility of jail time or probation, to potential loss of one’s driver license, and to serious social consequences (due to the public nature of these court records), including:


      Loss of one’s professional licensure

      Difficulty renting a house or apartment

      Fewer employment opportunities

      Denial of federal student loans and thwarted goals related to higher education


If the charges you face are for an aggravated DUI (aggravated by a mitigating circumstance), you’re likely facing a felony charge, which will be tried at the Pickaway County Common Pleas Court (if the grand jury forwards the case).


Misdemeanor Charges

Cases involving misdemeanors are also heard at the Circleville Municipal Court. Misdemeanors are classified into the following level of severity:


      First-degree misdemeanors

      Second-degree misdemeanors

      Third-degree misdemeanors

      Fourth-degree misdemeanors

      Minor misdemeanors


Because a conviction can lead to a criminal record, all misdemeanor charges are serious charges, including the so-called minor misdemeanor charge, and you need a dedicated Pickaway County criminal defense attorney in your corner.


First-Degree Misdemeanor Charges

First-degree misdemeanor charges are the most serious category of misdemeanor, and some of the most common cases heard at the Circleville Municipal Court include:


      Assault and Battery – Assault and battery refers to credibly threatening someone else with harmful contact or to actually harming someone else via harmful contact.

      Domestic Violence – Domestic violence refers to violence against one’s spouse, against a family member, or against another member of one’s household.

      Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor – Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor is sometimes called statutory rape, and it refers to having consensual sex with someone who is not old enough to consent. This is one of the few sexually based offenses that usually isn’t classified as a felony.

      Possession of a Controlled Substance – The charge of possession of a controlled substance refers to possessing an illegal drug other than marijuana, which can include narcotics and/or someone else’s prescription medication.

      Marijuana Charges – Marijuana charges refer to the possession of marijuana in an amount that exceeds the legal threshold. If the charge is not your first or if it relates to possession within a specific distance of a school, the charge may be more serious.

      Possession of Drug Paraphernalia or Drug Abuse Instruments – Possessing the tools and instruments that are commonly associated with illegal drugs is also a crime, and such charges are often brought in conjunction with possession charges – making the matter that much more serious.

      Criminal Mischief – Criminal mischief refers to criminal acts like hacking into someone else’s online domain, deploying tear gas or smoke bombs, and more.

      Disorderly Conduct – When someone actively inconveniences, alarms, or otherwise offends the public, the charge is disorderly conduct.

      Resisting ArrestResisting arrest refers to avoiding or actively resisting arrest and/or to interfering with the arrest of someone else.

      Criminal TrespassCriminal trespass refers to entering someone else’s property (or remaining on someone else’s property) without having permission to do so. If there are no additional charges in relation to you being on the property illegally, it can lead to the lesser charge of burglary.


Pickaway County Juvenile Court

Children are typically tried in the Pickaway County Juvenile Court, and the kinds of charges they tend to face include:



      Habitual truancy

      Probation violations

      Disorderly conduct


      Underage alcohol consumption and/or possession

      Underage operation of a vehicle while impaired (OVI)

      Possession of a fake ID and/or use of a fake ID

      Operation of a vehicle without a driver’s license

      Possession, sale, cultivation, or distribution of drugs

      Gross sexual imposition


      Rape and sexual assault


      Domestic assault


When a juvenile faces exceptionally serious charges, he or she can be tried as an adult at the Pickaway County Common Pleas Court, where he or she will proceed exactly as an adult would. Because obtaining a criminal record at such a young age can derail a youth’s entire future, consulting with a dedicated Pickaway County defense attorney is the best path forward. The potential consequences are simply too great not to bring your strongest defense.


Pickaway County Common Pleas Court

Before felony charges can be brought in the Pickaway County Common Pleas Court, the prosecutor must pass the matter through the grand jury process at the Circleville Municipal Court. If the felony charge makes it through the grand jury, it will proceed to the Pickaway County Common Pleas Court. If a felony charge has been levied against you, the first and most important step you should take is hiring a formidable criminal defense attorney. Some of the most common felony charges include:


      Theft and Fraud Charges – Theft and fraud charges refer to stealing something whose value exceeds the legal threshold and/or to obtaining someone else’s money fraudulently.  Because it involves the threat of violence (or actual violence), robbery is one of the most serious theft charges.

      Financial Crimes – Financial crimes are often called white collar crimes, and they refer to instances of defrauding someone else for financial gain. Financial crimes include forgery, embezzlement, bribery, and more.

      Property Crimes – Property crimes target property that belongs to someone else, including such crimes as burglary, arson, vandalism or the destruction of property, and robbery.

      Weapons and Gun Charges – Weapons and gun charges refer to the illegal possession and/or use of guns, firearms, or other weapons. The seriousness of the charge can be increased if it is in conjunction with another crime.

      Sex Crimes – Sex crimes refer to sexually based charges like sexual assault (including rape), child pornography, and prostitution. Even if you aren’t convicted, simply facing such a charge can have significant consequences.

      Drug Charges – Drug charges relate to the possession of illegal drugs with the intention of distributing, manufacturing, and/or trafficking.


Felony charges are so serious, that you shouldn’t hesitate to contact Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900. We’re well acquainted with the Pickaway County Court of Common Pleas, and we’re well prepared to build your strongest defense in pursuit of your case’s most beneficial outcome.

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3) Pickaway County: Penalties for Criminal Convictions

If you ultimately plead guilty (under the guidance of a savvy criminal defense attorney) or a jury finds you guilty, it isn’t the end of the story. The judge who sentences you has considerable discretion in the matter (other than the sentence maximums), and your astute criminal defense attorney will skillfully advocate for sentencing that is the least damaging for you personally. The strength of your defense can help minimize your sentence.


Maximum sentencing for misdemeanors include:


      First-Degree Misdemeanor – A first-degree misdemeanor carries a fine of up to $1000 and a sentence of up to six months in jail.

      Second-Degree Misdemeanor – A second-degree misdemeanor carries a fine of up to $750 and a sentence of up to 90 days in jail.

      Third-Degree Misdemeanor – A third-degree misdemeanor carries a fine of up to $500 and a sentence of up to 60 days in jail.

      Fourth-Degree Misdemeanor – A fourth-degree misdemeanor carries a fine of up to $250 and a sentence of up to 30 days in jail.

      Minor Misdemeanor – A minor misdemeanor carries no risk of jail time but comes with a fine of up to $150.


While misdemeanor charges are less serious than felony charges, they are, nevertheless, very serious charges, and a conviction can leave you with jail time and a criminal record. Felony sentencing is even more weighty, and includes the following maximums:


      First-Degree Felony – A first-degree felony conviction carries fines of up to $20,000 and from 3 to 11 years in prison (with potential serious enhancements for repeat violent offenders).

      Second-Degree Felony – A second-degree felony conviction carries a fine of up to $15,000 and from 2 to 8 years in prison (with potential serious enhancements for repeat violent offenders).

      Third-Degree Felony – A third-degree felony conviction carries fines of up to $10,000 and from 9 to 60 months in prison (with potential serious enhancements for repeat violent offenders).

      Fourth-Degree Felony – A fourth-degree felony conviction carries fines of up to $5,000 and from 9 to 18 months in prison.

      Fifth-Degree Felony – A fifth-degree felony carries fines of up to $2,500 and from 6 to 12 months in prison.


Juvenile Convictions

The juvenile court’s sentencing is unique to the juvenile court. These sentences tend to be less harsh than adult sentences, but this doesn’t mitigate the seriousness of having a juvenile conviction on one’s record. The following are all sentencing possibilities:


      If convicted, a juvenile can be placed in the custody of the court or can be placed in a care facility specifically for delinquent children.

      If convicted, a juvenile can be placed under house arrest.

      If convicted, a juvenile can be sentenced to community service.

      If convicted, a juvenile can be placed in community control (similar to adult probation).

      If convicted, a juvenile can be required to receive counseling, treatment, and/or monitoring for drug and alcohol dependence.

      If convicted, a juvenile can have his or her driver’s license suspended or can be required to wait longer to obtain a driver’s license.

      If convicted, a juvenile can face a curfew.

      If convicted, a juvenile can face mandatory attendance at school ( and can be monitored for such).


If your child is being charged as an adult, the matter is that much more serious, and his or her case will proceed in exactly the same manner – with the same sentencing parameters – that an adult’s case would.


Diversion Programs in Pickaway County

The Pickaway County Intensive Supervision Probation Unit represents the area’s diversion program, which – when completed successfully – allows a participating defendant who is facing an eligible charge to sidestep a criminal record. If you’re offered a diversion program, completing the program successfully will negate the need for a conviction and sentencing by the court. Diversion programs have much to recommend them, including:


      You can avoid a conviction and corresponding sentence.

      You can avoid a criminal record.

      You can avoid the social stigma associated with a criminal conviction.


To qualify for a Pickaway County diversion program, all of the following must apply:


      You are willing to admit your guilt in the matter (but will not actually plead guilty).

      If you had been convicted of the charge, it would have been your first. 

      The charge you’re facing is for a nonviolent crime that isn’t sexually based.


While a diversion program can be a great opportunity, this isn’t always true. Before you accept the offer of a diversion program, you’re well advised to consult with a resourceful criminal defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of both your case and the Pickaway County Common Pleas Court. Every criminal charge is unique, and there isn’t a universal best path forward, which is exactly why you need a dedicated criminal defense attorney who takes a nuanced, individualized approach to every case he or she takes on.

There are also juvenile diversion programs available in Pickaway County, and the qualifying factors are very similar to those for adults. Those juveniles who are most likely to qualify have suffered hardships like the following in their young lives.




      Alcohol and/or chemical dependency


Juvenile programs generally focus on treatment for chemical dependency and/or mental health counseling.

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4.) Pickaway County: Warrants

If you happen to know there is a warrant out for your arrest – or you have reason to believe there might be – denial is not going to get you very far. Warrants are typically issued via one of the following two options:


      A police officer – or another officer of the court – has enough reason to believe (probable cause) that you committed a crime, and as result, he or she petitions a judge for an arrest warrant in your name. If a warrant is obtained, it can be implemented to arrest you at home, on the job, or during the course of a chance encounter with the law (such as at a routine traffic stop).

      If you have a scheduled court appearance for which you fail to show up, the judge can issue a bench warrant, which can be applied in exactly the same ways as the warrant above.


Addressing the issue of a warrant as soon as you become aware of it is paramount, and an experienced criminal defense attorney who is well versed in the Pickaway County criminal justice system will skillfully guide you through your best steps forward. Your attorney may be able to negotiate a recall of your warrant, but barring that, he or she will advise you regarding turning yourself in while controlling the circumstances – in an effort to mitigate the negative consequences you experience.

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5) Pickaway County: Hiring Your Criminal Defense Attorney

If a charge has been levied against you or your child in Pickaway County, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney should be the first order of business. While you may be unsure about how to get there from here, let the following be your guide:


      Retaining a dedicated criminal defense attorney who has considerable experience in the Pickaway County court system is the single most important step you can take to bolster your defense and protect your rights.

      It is easier than you likely realize to incriminate yourself after being charged, which is exactly why you should take the tried and true you have the right to remain silent to heart – and should look to your astute criminal defense attorney to speak on your behalf.

      Remaining silent on the matter is a good game plan even if you believe you are guilty exactly as charged. The fact of the matter is that charges often exceed the alleged crime in question, and there is absolutely no reason to make the prosecutor’s job easier for him or her.

      If you’re concerned about how you’re going to afford a criminal defense attorney, that’s understandable, but it’s important to recognize that the legal costs you pay upfront can save you money and hardship in the long run. Bringing your most fulsome defense can help you bypass serious fines and penalties that can include jail time – in addition to the harsh social consequences.


Moving forward without an accomplished criminal defense attorney in your corner leaves you far more vulnerable to a negative outcome. Without a clear defense strategy, you can do little more than hope for the best. Your criminal defense attorney will assess the strengths and challenges inherent to your case and will move forward with building a defense strategy from there. In fact, your criminal defense attorney will skillfully navigate all of the following important legal tasks (as applicable):


      Determining whether the prosecution’s charge is credible and whether the evidence against you was legally obtained

      Examining all the evidence in the case for legitimacy and admissibility

      Pursuing exculpatory evidence (evidence that is on your side)

      Investigating any extenuating circumstances that could influence your case

      Protecting your constitutional rights throughout the legal process and leveraging any breaches to your advantage