Clermont County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Clermont County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Clermont County.
Clermont County Arraignments
An arraignment is a court hearing. In Clermont County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Clermont County Criminal Court and the judge will read the charges that were filed against the defendant. The judge will also read the rights the defendant has and ask the defendant if they understand both the charges filed against them and their rights as a defendant in the case. In Clermont County a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest may be entered. In a guilty or no contest plea the sentencing of the defendant may take place at the same arraignment hearing or a later date may be scheduled for sentencing. For a not guilty plea, a date will be set for a trial.
Sentencing in Clermont County
In Clermont County if the defendant is found guilty (by trial or plea), the defendant will be sentenced. This sometimes occurrs immediately after being found guilty, but can also take place at a later date. In most instances, a judge will impose the sentence that is requested by the prosecution, but they also have the descretion to impose a different sentence.
Required Court Appearances in Clermont County
Any required court appearances in Clermont County Criminal Court must be attended by the defendant. Failure to appear in court at your required date and time may result in the judge issuing an arrest warrant.
In a jury trial in Clermont County, after both the prosecution and defense have rested, the judge will give instructions to the jury and jury deliberations will begin. The jury will convence in a private room to discuss and deliberate the innocence or guilt of the defendant. Once the jury arrives at a unimanous decision, they will inform the judge that they have reached a decision. They will return to the court and the verdict will be read aloud. If the jury cannot reach a unaminous decision, the jury is said to be deadlocked and a mistrial will be declared in the case.
Appealing a Criminal Conviciton
A defendant may appeal a criminal conviction to an appellate court. In an appeal, the actual trial is not redone, but the appellate court hears arguments that the criminal case was not handled in a legal manner at the original criminal court. The appellate court can either uphold the conviction, or determine that errors were made and may request a retrial, a resentencing of the defendant or that the charges be dismissed.
Can I request a Plea Agreement?
In Clermont County you may be able to enter into a plea agreement depending upon the severity of the charges. It is also dependant upon the prosecution willing to accept a plea agreement. You can ask your attorney to attempt to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution to avoid having a jury trial along with the potential for a more serious sentence. Approximately 9 out of 10 criminal cases usually end in a plea agreement.
Burden of Proof Requirement
In a criminal case in the United States, the burden of proof always requires the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. This is a high threshold that must be met by the prosecution when presenting evidence in a case. If the prosecution fails in it’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt the judge must find the defendant not guilty. In a jury trial, the judge will inform the jury what this burden is and their obligation to find the defendant not guilty if they feel the prosecution did prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Who is the prosecutor for Clermont County?
Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Clermont County criminal cases will either be a representative of Clermont County or a representative from Ohio. After reviewing evidence it is the prosecutor’s decision whether to file charges or drop a case. Most prosecutors have the ability to negotiate plea bargains, and determine how the case will be prosecuted.
Jury by Trial Right
The US Constitution (Article 3 along with the 6th Amendment) ensures an accused defendant the right to a jury trial. This applies to crimes that have a $500 fine or a potential sentence of six months in jail (aka Serious Crimes). This right to trial by jury can also be waived by a defendant.
Where can I get help for my Clermont County criminal case?
The 6th amendment of the United States Constitution provides a criminal defendant with the right to an attorney. As read in the miranda rights, this means that if a defendant cannot afford to hire a private attorney a legal attorney will be appointed to the defendant to represent him at no cost to the defendant. This is often a public defender. In addition, the court clerk for Clermont County will also be able to provide general information about a specific criminal case. The clerk can only provide information and is not an attorney so they cannot provide legal advice, only a licensed attorney can provide legal advice about what the best options for are for your particular case.
Where will Clermont County criminal case hearings take place?
Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Clermont County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Clermont County.
What if I can’t afford an attorney?
The 6th Amendment guarantees you the right to an attorney whether or not you can afford one. If you cannot afford one, a public defender will be appointed by the court to represent you.
Clermont County Criminal Court Locations
Clermont County Court of Common Pleas – Domestic Relations Division
Address: 2340 Clermont Center Dr, Batavia OH 45103
Clermont County Court of Common Pleas – General Division
Address: 270 E Main St, Batavia OH 45103
Phone: 513-732-8119 Fax: 513-732-7925
Clermont County Court of Common Pleas – Juvenile Division
Address: 2340 Clermont Center Dr, Batavia OH 45103
Phone: 513-732-7696 Fax: 513-732-7695
Clermont County Court of Common Pleas – Probate Division
Address: 2379 Clermont Center Cr, Batavia OH 45103
Phone: 513-732-7234 Fax: 513-732-8183
Clermont County Municipal Court
Address: 4430 State Route 222, Batavia OH 45103
Phone: 513-732-7292 (Civil) Fax: 513-732-8134
Amelia Mayor’s Court
Address: 44 W Main St, Amelia OH 45102
Phone: 513-718-9061 Fax: 513-753-7897
Bethel Mayor’s Court
Address: Phone: 513-734-2244, x15
Felicity Mayor’s Court
Address: 415 W Walnut St, PO Box 517, Felicity OH 45120
Phone: 513-876-0107 Fax: 513-876-4295
Loveland Mayor’s Court
Address: 126 S Lebanon Rd, Loveland OH 45140
Phone: 513-583-3030 Fax: 513-583-3011
Milford Mayor’s Court
Address: 745 Center St, Milford OH 45150
Phone: 513-248-5085 Fax: 513-248-5089
New Richmond Mayor’s Court
Address: 102 Willow St, New Richmond OH 45157
Phone: 513-553-3122 Fax: 513-553-1129
Owensville Mayor’s Court
Address: 115 W Main St, PO Box 490, Owensville OH 45160
Phone: 513-732-1171 Fax: 513-732-5351
Williamsburg Mayor’s Court
Address: 107 W Main St, Williamsburg OH 45176
Phone: 513-724-6107 Fax: 513-724-6109