EXPERIENCED OVI LAWYER SERVING
If you have been charged with a DUI / OVI in Hilliard, Ohio, contacting an experienced Ohio DUI lawyer is essential. An attorney that is familiar with the local court rules, is familiar with the quirks of the prosecutor and the local judge or magistrate, and can analyze the facts of your case to highlight potential legal defenses will be invaluable to achieving the best possible outcome in your case.
With deep experience as an DUI/OVI lawyer, Attorney Douglas Riddell will examine all aspects of your Hilliard 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 Hilliard Mayor’s Court, in cases ranging from first and second offense DUI charges to repeat felony DUI cases that can carry significant penalties, including jail time.
HILLIARD, OHIO MAYOR’S COURT
If you have been charged with a DUI / OVI in Hilliard, Ohio, your case may be filed in the Hilliard Mayor’s Court. The Court is located at 5171 Northwest Parkway in Hilliard, Ohio.
Attorney Doug Riddell regularly practices in the Hilliard Mayor’s Court representing his clients facing DUI / OVI and other misdemeanor charges. The Hilliard Mayor’s Court hears traffic cases and other misdemeanor charges, including first offense DUI / OVI cases.
Should You Keep Your Case in the Hilliard Mayor’s Court?
Whether you should move forward with your case in the Hilliard Mayor’s Court or transfer the case to the Franklin County Municipal Court is a decision you should make in conjunction with your attorney. Mayor’s Courts, including the Hilliard 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 Hilliard would like a jury trial, then the case will be transferred to the Franklin County Municipal Court. In fact, a defendant can opt to transfer or appeal his or her case to the Franklin County Municipal Court at any time for any reason.
There may be some advantages, however, to having your case heard in the Hilliard Mayor’s Court. For example, a hearing in the Hilliard Mayor’s Court is generally more informal and may be more conveniently located for you than the downtown Franklin County Municipal Court. For example, the Hilliard Mayor’s Court is in session every Wednesday morning.
There are both pros and cons to having your case heard in the Hilliard 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 Hilliard Mayor’s Court, or to transfer the case to the Franklin County Municipal Court.
What is the Process if I am Charged with an OVI in Hilliard?
If you are charged with an OVI in Hilliard, the first thing you should do is contact a local attorney. He or she can give you advice specific to your situation and can help you navigate the Hilliard criminal process.
Your first court date is called an arraignment. An arraignment is required by law and is a formal reading of the charges against you. At your arraignment, you must plead “guilty” or “not guilty.” If you have an attorney, he or she may waive your appearance at the arraignment so that you do not have to miss work.
After that first court appearance, your lawyer will continue to gather information about the facts of your case. This will likely include “discovery” which means that the prosecutor is required by law to give to you and your attorney a copy of all of the evidence they have against you. The prosecution is barred from hiding any evidence from you — no surprises are allowed.
Once your attorney gets the discovery packet, he or she will read it, view the video of your arrest if there is one, and start identifying flaws in the prosecution’s case. As your defense strategy builds, your attorney can use this information and these flaws in the prosecution’s case to negotiate for a favorable resolution, including the best possible options for reinstatement of your driver’s license. If negotiations fail, motion hearings and a trial may be necessary to ensure the best possible outcome.
Contact our office today to speak with an experienced DUI / OVI attorney near Hilliard, Ohio to learn more avoiding license sanctions, imprisonment, and harmful convictions.
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To begin the process and discuss representation for your Hilliard, 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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