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Like many Central Ohio mayor’s courts, Westerville Mayor’s Court prosecutes OVI cases at their local mayor’s court. If you are pulled over and arrested for an OVI in the City of Worthington by a Worthington police officer and you do not have any prior DUI convictions on your record, your case will be scheduled locally. Your case will always be heard on the Tuesday following your arrest.
Within five (5) business days, your Worthington OVI case will be filed and scheduled for arraignment. This also gives you an opportunity to appeal the administrative license suspension.
Having an experienced Columbus DUI lawyer on your side can be helpful. From the start, we can help make this process as easy as possible and improve your legal situation. We typically can appear on your behalf at the arraignment without you having to attend. At that time we would enter a not guilty plea on your behalf, address the issue of your driver’s license, and request the police report and DVD of your traffic stop.
It depends, but in some cases we can. The first thing we will do once you hire us is look at BMV Form 2255 to see if there are any errors. If there are errors on the form, it’s possible that your license suspension can be terminated altogether. If there aren’t any errors, we can request a stay of your license suspension, which would return your full license to you while your case is pending. Generally, Worthington Mayor’s Court permits stays of the administrative license suspension so long as the OVI case did not involve an accident and you do not have a negative fact pattern working against you. We will be able to appear on your behalf at the arraignment to request the stay. If granted, you will receive one copy to bring to the BMV in order to get your license back and one to keep with you while driving.
If the BMV Form 2255 and stay are not possible options for you, we would look to negotiate limited driving privileges for you. Typically this is not a difficult process so long as you are represented by an experienced Columbus DUI lawyer. Limited driving privileges, if granted, will allow you to drive for work, medical, and school reasons. You would be forwarded a blank copy of the Worthington limited driving privilege entry to fill out and return to us. We would then file it on your behalf; if granted, you would be forwarded two certified copies – one to keep in the car at all times while driving and a second to keep as a spare.
Karen Sheffer is the prosecuting attorney for Worthington Mayor’s Court DUI cases. She has prosecuted thousands of OVI, criminal, and traffic cases for the City of Worthington over 25 years practicing the law. She will be prosecuting your case from its initiation in arraignment and as long as it stays in Worthington Mayor’s Court.
We will make sure that you have copies of all reports so you can review them yourselves. You will take them home, review them thoroughly, and send us an email with your thoughts. These should include any inconsistencies and your summary of what happened.
Usually. Most Worthington police cruisers are equipped with a cruiser video system, so provided that you were stopped by a police officer driving one of these cruisers there will be a DVD of your stop. (Malfunctioning equipment can also play into a potential lack of DVD.) Typically DVD footage can be very helpful to us. If police reports are exaggerated or if the field sobriety tests are improperly given to you, this will show. All of our Columbus DUI lawyers are certified in the administration of field sobriety tests. We know exactly what mistakes to look for. We will also provide you with a copy of the DVD.
If there are issues with the physical evidence for your DUI case, the prosecutor may offer a reduction to a lesser offense. However, this is not guaranteed, and we may seek to transfer your case to Franklin County Municipal Court where it would again go through the criminal court process.
The Columbus City Prosecutor’s Office prosecutes all Worthington Mayor’s Court cases that are transferred to Franklin County Municipal Court. At the municipal court level, we are able to conduct a suppression hearing or jury trial if necessary. We know that having options can be important to making the right decision for you, so we also strive to negotiate an offer of a reduced charge when your case moves to municipal court so you have options besides litigation.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Worthington, your case will be handled in Worthington Mayor’s Court. You face severe penalties, even for a first-time conviction. Having an experienced Worthington DUI attorney can help reduce the consequences you face. Contact us at or firstname.lastname@example.org for a free legal consultation.