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36 South High Street
Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
Canal Winchester is located both in Fairfield and Franklin County. Canal Winchester Mayor’s Court handles cases where individuals are charged by the Canal Winchester Police Department. The Columbus Criminal defense team has represented client there, from OVI / DUIs, to possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, theft and many other cranial offenses. Prosecutor Jim Hughes and Magistrate Eric Nordman handle court affairs, with Chris Fillo serving as the court clerk.
The first step in the court process is an arraignment, which is where your charges will be read in front of Magistrate Nordman and you will plead “not guilty,” “guilty” or “no contest.” Hiring the Columbus Criminal defense team means that you likely will not have to show up for your arraignment and can leave all of the pre-trial work to us.
The next step is to assess the evidence, figure out the weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case and negotiate on our client’s behalf to give them options and to accomplish their goals for the case.
For example, in OVI / DUI cases, client’s goals generally include staying out of jail, terminating or lessening lessen their license suspension, getting driving privileges and most importantly trying to avoid getting an OVI conviction. Typical reductions in in OVI / DUI cases include lesser offenses such as reckless operation or physical control. For theft offenses, client’s goals generally include keeping the theft conviction off their record and keeping their criminal record clean.
If we are not satisfied with pre-trial results at the Canal Winchester Mayor’s Court, we may opt to move the case to Fairfield or Franklin County Municipal Court depending on which county the offense occurred in.