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Bexley Mayor’s Court is one of the few mayors’ courts in Central Ohio that does not prosecute DUI, or OVI, cases in their mayor’s court. If you are pulled over and arrested for a Bexley DUI, your case will automatically be filed in Franklin County Municipal Court.
Bexley DUI cases will be filed and scheduled for arraignment within five (5) business days from the date of your arrest. This is done so that you may appeal the administrative license suspension. One of the first things you will be thinking about is how to regain your right to drive.
If you retain the Columbus criminal defense team at Luftman, Heck & Associates to represent you on your Bexley OVI case, it is possible for us to appear on your behalf without you having to attend at your initial court date. At that time, we will enter a not guilty plea on your behalf, request the police reports and DVD of your traffic stop, and address your license suspension.
If you hire the Columbus Criminal Defense team to represent you on the case, we will be looking at the BMV Form 2255 to see if there are any errors that could lead to terminating your license suspension outright. If there are no errors on the 2255, we may be able to request a stay of your license suspension. A stay would give you your full license back while your case is pending. You would be able to go to the BMV and get your plastic license back. Lastly, if none of those options were available we would look to get you limited driving privileges, so that as soon as you are eligible, you would be permitted to drive for work, school and medical related purposes.
Kevin Mantel is the prosecuting attorney for Bexley DUI cases in Franklin County Municipal Court. He will be prosecuting the case from its initiation in arraignment court. Usually, Mr. Mantel has the discovery available for attorneys at the initial arraignment date.
We will always make copies of all reports received to give to our clients at that time to review. We prefer you to take the reports home, review them thoroughly and then send an email to us with your thoughts about the reports, any inconsistencies, as well as your summary of exactly what happened.
Some of the Bexley police cars are equipped with a cruiser video system, so there may 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 attorneys is certified in the administration of the field sobriety tests. We know the mistakes to look for. If available, you will also receive a copy of the DVD for review.
The prosecutor has been around for a long time. He is not afraid of conducting a suppression hearing or jury trial if necessary. However, if there are evidentiary issues, the prosecutor will potentially offer a reduction of your OVI charge to a lesser offense such as a reckless operation or physical control. Prior to conducting a suppression hearing or jury trial on your behalf, it is always the goal of our Bexley DUI lawyers to negotiate an offer to a reduced charge to give you an option before litigating the case.
If you have been arrested for an OVI in Bexley, your case will automatically go to Franklin County Municipal Court, and the government will try to prove that you were driving while impaired. Having an experienced Columbus DUI lawyer can help you avoid the penalties you face. Contact us at or firstname.lastname@example.org for a free legal consultation.