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Gahanna DUI Lawyers

Gahanna Mayor’s Court does prosecute DUI cases on site as opposed to transferring them to Franklin County Municipal Court. That means if you pulled over and arrested for an OVI in the City of Gahanna by a Gahanna police officer and you also do not have prior DUI convictions, your case will be scheduled in the mayor’s court. Your Gahanna Mayor’s Court OVI case will always be on the Thursday following your arrest.

The city of Gahanna, prosecutes all DUI cases at their local mayor’s court. Your initial court date or arraignment will be scheduled on the Thursday following your OVI, DUI arrest. [BLANK_AUDIO]

Do I have to appear at my arraignment?

Gahanna DUI cases will be filed and scheduled for arraignment within five (5) business days from the date of your arrest so that you can appeal the administrative license suspension. You might be concerned about your driving privileges and how soon you might be able to regain your license.

If you retain the Columbus DUI lawyers at Luftman, Heck & Associates to represent you on your Gahanna OVI case, it is possible for us to appear on your behalf on your initial court date in your absence. At that time we would enter a not guilty plea on your behalf, request the police reports and DVD of your traffic stop, and negotiate your license suspension.

Generally, if your charged with the DUI and your case is scheduled in Gahanna Mayor’s Court, you will need to attend your arraignment on Thursday. However, if you hire the Columbus Criminal Defense Team to represent you on your case, you will not need to appear at your arraignment, we will be able to appear on your behalf.

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Can I get my license or driving privileges?

If you hire Luftman, Heck & Associates to represent you, our Columbus DUI lawyers will be looking at BMV Form 2255 to see if there are errors that could lead to terminating your license suspension. If there are no errors on the form, we may able to request a stay of your license suspension, which would give you your full license back while your case is pending. Gahanna Mayor’s Court is a little bit tougher, but with a bit of work, generally permits stays of the administrative license suspension, absent an accident or otherwise nasty fact pattern. If you hire us, we might be able to appear on your behalf at your arraignment and request the stay for you. You would then be forwarded two copies. One to take to the BMV and one to keep with you at all times while driving during the pendency of your case.

Lastly, if none of those options were available, we would look to obtain limited driving privileges for you. If eligible, these privileges would permit you to drive for work, school, and medical purposes. Getting limited driving privileges in Gahanna Mayor’s Court is not a difficult process when represented. You would be forwarded a blank copy of the limited driving privilege entry to fill out and return to us. It would then be filed on your behalf and when granted, you would be forwarded two certified copies – ne of which you will keep in your car at all times while driving and the other as a spare in case you lose the first.

We understand how important it is for you to try to get your licence back as quickly as possible. You have a job you have to get to, you have errands you have to run, you have children that you have to go and drive. These things are incredibly important to you and we understand just how important they are.

We will go and review the paperwork that you received from the police officer if there is an error on that paperwork we will appear at your arraignment and request to terminate your license suspension. If successful, you will receive your full license back after your initial court date.

I there is not an error on the paperwork, we will instead request what’s called a stay of the license suspension. A stay will also give you your full license back while we’re fighting your case. If termination or a stay is not available in your case we will instead go and request limited driving privileges on your behalf and we will provide you with a copy of your limited driving privileges so that your able to go and drive as quickly as possible.

Who is the Gahanna prosecutor?

Ray Mularski is the prosecuting attorney for Gahanna Mayor’s Court OVI cases. He has prosecuted DUI, criminal and traffic cases for the City of Gahanna for nearly 25 years. He will be prosecuting your case from its initiation in arraignment court and usually will prosecute the case only if it stays in Gahanna Mayor’s Court.

Ray Mularski prosecutes all DUI cases that originate in Gahanna Mayor’s Court. If your case is transferred downtown to Franklin County Municipal Court, Kevin Mantel will take care of the prosecuting while the case is there.

Do I get to see the police reports?

As a client of ours, we will always make copies of all reports we receive so that you can review them. We prefer you to take the reports home, review them thoroughly, and then send an email to us with your thoughts about the reports, including any inconsistencies.

In all Gahanna Mayor’s DUI cases, the Columbus Criminal Defense team, files a motion for discovery. When we receive it, you’ll receive a copy of all the police reports, the alcohol influence report, and any additional report that we receive from the Gahanna prosecutor for you to review.

Remember it’s up to you to help us by telling us what the mistakes were that the prosecutors made, what the issues were that you had with the police, if anything is fabricated or exaggerated, we wanna know about it.

Is there a DVD of my traffic stop?

All of the Gahanna police cars are equipped with a cruiser video system, so in the absence of a malfunction there will be a DVD of your traffic stop. This is often very helpful to us. If the police reports are exaggerated, it will show on the DVD. It will also show whether the roadside field sobriety tests were performed properly on you. Every one of our Columbus DUI lawyers is certified in the administration of the field sobriety tests. We know the mistakes to look for. You will also receive a copy of the DVD for review.

All Gahanna police cruisers are equipped with a C.V.S or Cruiser Video System. That means in each and every Gahanna Mayor’s Court DUI case, there will be a DVD. When we receive a copy of your DVD, you will also be provided with a copy to review because we want you to see exactly what you look like the night that you were stopped and so that we can point out exactly what the issues were, that the police made, in order to try get your charge reduced.

What outcome can I expect with my Gahanna Mayor’s Court DUI case?

If there issues with the evidence, the prosecutor will potentially offer a reduction of your OVI charge to a lesser offense such as a reckless operation or physical control while in Gahanna Mayor’s Court.

However, sometimes it is necessary to apply more pressure if the prosecutor is unwilling to offer a reduction and it may be advantageous to transfer your case to Franklin County Municipal Court. There, your case will again go through OVI court process. Kevin Mantel prosecutes all Gahanna Mayor’s Court cases that are transferred to Franklin County Municipal Court. In Franklin County Municipal Court, we are able to conduct a suppression hearing or jury trial if necessary. If that is what the case calls for, then that is what needs to be done. After dealing with our Columbus DUI defense team for 11 years, the prosecutor knows that we are ready, willing and able to litigate fully on behalf of our clients.

Prior to conducting a suppression hearing or jury trial on your behalf, it is always our goal to try and negotiate an offer to a reduced charge to give you an option before litigating the case.

In every Gahanna mayor’s court DUI case, when a client hires the Columbus criminal defense team our goal is to go and try to negotiate a reduction of your charge to a lesser offence such as a reckless operation or physical control violation. In addition we will look to try to minimize the length of your licence suspension and obviously keep you out of jail and off of probation as well.

Let a Gahanna DUI Attorney Help You. Contact us.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Gahanna, your case will likely be handled in its Mayor’s Court, and the prosecution will try to prove that you were driving while impaired. Having an experienced Gahanna DUI lawyer can help you avoid the penalties you face. Contact us at or advice@columbuscriminalattorney.com for a free legal consultation.

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