Domestic Violence Court Process Ohio
Domestic violence is a serious offense that can bring with it serious charges and subsequent legal ramifications. If you or someone you know has been arrested on domestic violence charges, it is imperative that you contact a domestic violence lawyer in Columbus, Ohio.
The legal professionals at Tyack Law will pair you with one of our experienced, domestic violence attorneys who can help you navigate the Ohio domestic violence court process that lie ahead.
Chances are if you were arrested for domestic violence, you will likely be charged. While your initial stint in jail may not be long, the next could be without proper legal representation. Following your arrest, you will be arraigned the next time court is in session. This will be your chance to pled guilty, not guilty or no contest.
We encourage most clients to plead not guilty at this time. We do this because you can change your plea at a later date and this will allow you to see the evidence the prosecution has against you in the case. Upon hiring one of our skilled criminal defense attorneys for the case, the lawyers at Tyack Law will begin building your defense for further court proceedings.
Following your arraignment, the judge will decide your bail. This monetary figure that is calculated based on your risk to society and your flight risk following your release on bail. The number is typically in the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in domestic violence cases. To be released, you would need to pay the court 10 percent of that figure.
Should you be released on bail, there are likely going to be a number of conditions that you must satisfy to remain out of jail. You cannot contact the victim of crime in any way. This means even if they are initiating contact, you must not respond. There can be no contact between the victim and yourself until the court proceedings have ended.
Before your Ohio domestic violence court trial begins, the court, prosecution and defense will hold a pre-trial status conference. The point of this proceeding is to give your defense attorney at Tyack Law a chance to review the state’s evidence against you.
At this point, you will also have the ability to discuss the evidence and the circumstances in which it is presented. If the evidence against you is weak or was collected illegally, your legal counsel can file a motion to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed entirely. Thus, it is critical to hire an experienced defense attorney so that they may review the state’s evidence properly. It can mean the difference between jail time and no jail time.
If there are no motions raised nor changes in your, the trial will begin. You will be tried in front of a jury of your peers with the evidence the state has against you in your case.
Tyack Law will begin the defense of your case as soon as you contact us. We will begin consulting with witnesses and experts, examining police records, reviewing all potential evidence, and building your defense. We are proud of our record as a criminal defense team and would look forward to discussing your case with you.