EXPERIENCED DUI/OVI LAWYER SERVING
NEW ALBANY, OHIO
If you have been charged with an OVI in New Albany, Ohio, contacting an experienced OVI lawyer is essential. An attorney that is familiar with the local court rules, with the quirks of the prosecutor and the local judge or magistrate, and who has the skills to analyze the facts of your case to highlight potential legal defenses will be invaluable.
As an experienced DUI attorney serving New Albany, Ohio, Attorney Douglas Riddell will examine all aspects of your OVI case to determine whether the arresting officer properly issued all required warnings, properly administered all of the roadside field sobriety tests, and performed the search, tests and arrest lawfully.
Attorney Doug Riddell has successfully represented clients facing drunk driving charges throughout Central Ohio, including in the New Albany Mayor’s Court, in cases ranging from first offense DUI/OVI charges to repeat felony OVI/DUI cases that can carry significant penalties, including jail time.
NEW ALBANY, OHIO MAYOR’S COURT
If you have been charged with a DUI / OVI in New Albany, Ohio, your case may be filed in the New Albany Mayor’s Court. The Court is located in the New Albany Village Hall, 99 West Main Street, New Albany, Ohio. A refusal of the breath alcohol test carries a one day license suspension with a thirty-day hold on any driving privileges.
Attorney Doug Riddell is regularly at the New Albany Mayor’s Court representing his clients facing OVI, traffic, and other misdemeanor charges. The New Albany Mayor’s Court hears traffic cases and other misdemeanor charges, including OVI cases.
Because we represent many professionals with immediate driving needs, we can work in the New Albany Mayor’s Court toward getting your license back right away through a stay of of the administrative license suspension. This suspension appeals process gives our clients immediate relief from the license suspension–getting you back on the road for your job. This also gives our office time to do the necessary work to defend you against the charges.
Whether you should move forward with your case in the Mayor’s Court or transfer the case to the Franklin County or to the Licking County Municipal Court is a decision you should make in conjunction with your attorney. Mayor’s Courts, including the New Albany Mayor’s Court, are not courts of record and are not authorized to conduct jury trials. Thus, if a defendant charged with a DUI in New Albany would like a jury trial, then the case will be transferred to the Franklin County or Licking County Municipal Court (depending on the location of the arrest). In fact, a defendant can opt to transfer or appeal his or her case to the Franklin or Licking County Municipal Court at any time for any reason.
There may be some advantages, however, to having your case heard in the Mayor’s Court. For example, a hearing in a mayor’s court is generally more informal, may have evening hours, and may be more conveniently located for you than the Franklin or Licking County Municipal Courts.
There are both pros and cons to having your case heard in the New Albany Mayor’s Court, depending on your specific situation. Consulting with an experienced Ohio DUI attorney on this issue is critical to ensure the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.
Typically, if you hire Riddell Law as your attorney, we will consult with you and advise whether it is best based on the facts of your case to have your case heard in the New Albany Mayor’s Court, or to transfer the case to the Franklin or Licking County Municipal Court.
Once that decision is made, Mr. Riddell will likely arrange it so that you do not have to appear in court for your first court date. He will handle it for you. This way, you do not have to worry about taking off work or otherwise arranging your schedule to go to court. After that first court appearance (which is called your “arraignment”), Mr. Riddell will continue to gather information about the facts of your case, evaluate possible flaws in the prosecution’s case, and negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable resolution of your case, including the best possible options for reinstatement of your driver’s license. If negotiations fail, Attorney Doug Riddell will conduct motion hearings and a trial as necessary to ensure the best possible outcome.
To begin the process and discuss representation for your New Albany, Ohio DUI / OVI, call Attorney Doug Riddell directly at 614-361-2804. Because we know DUI charges rarely happen during 9:00-5:00 working hours, Mr. Riddell is there to take your call after hours, on evenings, weekends, and holidays.
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