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New Albany is located both in Licking and Franklin County. New Albany Mayor’s Court handles cases where individuals are charged by the New Albany Police Department. For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal defense team has represented clients there, from OVI / DUIs, to possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, theft and many other cranial offenses. Prosecutor Marty Nobile and Magistrate Sean Maxfield handle court affairs, with Penny Winters 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 the sitting magistrate and you will plead “not guilty,” “guilty” or “no contest.” When you hire the New Albany DUI lawyers from LHA to represent your case, this means that you likely will not have to show up for your arraignment. You 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.
You cannot have a jury trial at New Albany Mayor’s Court and OVI / DUI and criminal evidentiary hearings are generally not held there. If we are not satisfied with pre-trial results at the New Albany Mayor’s Court and need to litigate your case, we may opt to transfer the case downtown to Franklin County Municipal Court or Licking County Municipal Court, depending on which county the offense occurred in. Jury trials and OVI / DUI hearings are conducted in both Franklin County and Licking County Municipal Court. Prosecutor Kevin Mantel handles all cases that are transferred to Franklin County Municipal Court. The City of Newark Law Director’s office handles cases transferred to Licking County Municipal Court.