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After working with the Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas for almost 10 years, we’ve seen a variety of cases there, from aggravated murder, to rape, to theft, to possession of drugs and anything else that falls under the criminal spectrum. Judges Richard E. Berens and Chris A. Martin, along with Magistrate Susan A. Eyerman and Fairfield County Prosecutor Gregg Marx, ensure that court affairs are run fairly and efficiently.
Typically, your case will start with an arraignment, which is where your charges will be read in front of a judge or magistrate and you’ll get the chance to plead “not guilty,” “guilty” or “no contest.” If you decided to hire a Fairfield County criminal defense attorney from Luftman, Heck & Associates, we’d advise you as to the best plea in your circumstance.
If the police issue a warrant for your arrest, we can work toward getting this set aside and having an arraignment, or minimize your time spent in jail or bond amount if that isn’t feasible.
The final step before your hearing with a judge or jury trial is the pre-trial. Before this date, we’d gather evidence; then, at the pre-trial, we’d discuss it with Prosecutor Marx and see if any issues come up, such as illegal search and seizure. If he agrees that there are issues, then we can work on lessening the offense to one that doesn’t carry mandatory jail time, or make a joint recommendation for no jail or prison time, or change your charge to something that won’t show up on your record.