Worthington, Ohio DUI/OVI FAQ

If you have been charged with DUI/OVI in Worthington, Ohio, contact Johnson Legal, LLC and speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Attorney David Johnson of Johnson Legal, LLC will discuss your case and assist you in fighting the charges. Call (614) 987-0192 or send an email to schedule a consultation regarding your DUI/OVI case.

Worthington, Ohio DUI/OVI – Where Will Your Case Be Heard?

If you are arrested for DUI/OVI in Worthington, Ohio, you case may be heard in one of several different courts, depending upon several factors. If you have never been convicted of DUI/OVI, your case may proceed in Worthington Mayor’s Court. Mayor’s courts operate somewhat differently than the more familiar county municipal or common pleas court. Mayor’s courts are not courts of records and, therefore, do not hold jury trials. Furthermore, the mayor may preside over the case, instead of a judge. Thus, it is often advisable to have your attorney transfer the case to the county municipal court.

If your case is not heard in Worthington Mayor’s Court, your case will proceed in Franklin County Municipal Court for a first DUI/OVI offense. If you have been previously convicted of DUI/OVI, your case may be charged as a felony DUI/OVI and will be heard in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Arraignment – Do I Have to Appear?

DUI/OVI cases in Worthington, Ohio are scheduled within five (5) business days after your arrest. If you hire Attorney David Johnson prior to the arraignment, he may be able to appear on your behalf at the arraignment so that you do not have to take time off from work or school to attend. Moreover, Attorney Johnson can appeal your administrative license suspension, enter a not guilty plea, file for discovery of the prosecution’s evidence, and obtain police reports and dash camera footage of the stop.

Driving Privileges

A number of options are available when seeking driving privileges. First, if you hire Johnson Legal, LLC to represent you, Attorney David Johnson will evaluate Form 2255 to determine if there are any errors. If errors are present, it is possible that your driver’s license suspension will be terminated. However, if Form 2255 does not contain any errors, a stay or your driver’s license suspension will be sought.

A stay of your driver’s license suspension will result in your driver’s license being returned to you while your case is pending. Worthington Mayor’s Court will generally grant a stay, provided your case does not have a particularly negative fact pattern and there was not an accident. This stay of your driver’s license suspension will be sought at the arraignment and, if approved, you will receive a copy to take to the BMV and one to keep while your case is pending.

If Form 2255 is without errors, and a stay is not granted, Attorney David Johnson will negotiate for limited driving privileges. If granted, limited driving privileges would allow you to drive to school, work, and medical reasons. With the assistance of Attorney David Johnson, this process will not be difficult. Once driving privileges are approved, you will be given a copy to keep in your vehicle at all times.

Where is the Worthington Mayor’s Court Located?

Worthington Mayor’s Court is located at 6550 N. High St., Worthington, Ohio, 43085. Consult the map below for further directions.

When are Worthington Mayor’s Court Hearings Held?

The Westerville Mayor’s Court is in session every Tuesday at 6:00 PM.

What are the Penalties for DUI/OVI in Ohio?

Penalties for DUI/OVI vary based on a number of factors, including:

  • Whether the person has any previous convictions for DUI/OVI;
  • Whether the person cooperated with law enforcement as required under Ohio’s implied consent law; and
  • Whether there was an accident that occurred because of the intoxicated driver.

A first DUI/OVI conviction will be a first degree misdemeanor. This offense carries a minimum three (3) days and a maximum of six (6) months in jail, a fine of $375-$1075, and 6 months to 3 year driver’s license suspension. However, with the help of Attorney David Johnson, if you are found guilty of DUI/OVI, you may be able to avoid jail by completing a driver’s intervention program. Subsequent convictions for DUI/OVI, however, will result in increased and harsher penalties.

How Will My DUI/OVI Case Proceed in Worthington Mayor’s Court?

In some cases, where there are evidentiary issues, the prosecutor may offer a reduced charge, such as physical control or reckless operation, as part of a plea agreement. However, if a plea agreement is not in your best interests, or you do not wish to enter into a plea agreement, it may be advantageous to transfer your case to municipal court. Once transferred, a suppression hearing will most likely be conducted and a jury trial will be sought.

Worthington, Ohio DUI/OVI Attorney

If you have been charged with DUI/OVI in Worthington, Ohio, contact Johnson Legal, LLC and speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Attorney David Johnson of Johnson Legal, LLC will discuss your case and assist you in fighting the charges. Call (614) 987-0192 or send an email to schedule a consultation regarding your DUI/OVI case.

Helpful Links for Worthington: Worthington Ohio Chamber Of Commerce, City of WorthingtonWorthington Parks DepartmentWorthington City SchoolsWorthington Library

 Worthington Division of Police
6555 Worthington Galena Road
Worthington, OH  43085

Ph: (614) 885-4463
Fx: (614) 885-6833
Emergency: 9-1-1

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Emergency Service 24/7

Franklin County Correction Center

www.sheriff.franklin.oh.us

2460 Jackson Pike
Columbus, OH
(614) 525-351
6500 N. High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
Ph: (614) 885-7640
Fx: (614) 885-7692
Emergency: 9-1-1
Office Hours
Monday – Friday
7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Emergency Service 24/7

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