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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a free legal consultation.