Mahoning County Criminal Court

Mahoning County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Mahoning County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Mahoning County.

What happens in Mahoning County at an arraignment?

In Mahoning County the defendant is brought into court and informed by the judge of the charges that have been filed against them along with informing them of their rights. At this time, the defendant can plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. If the defendant pleads guilty or no contest, there will be no trial and the defendant may be sentenced immediately or at a later date. If the defendant pleads not guilty a trial date is set.

Who is the prosecutor for Mahoning County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Mahoning County criminal cases will either be a representative of Mahoning 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.

Mahoning County Criminal Court

Mahoning County Criminal Court

Sentencing in Mahoning County

In Mahoning 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.

Can I appeal a guilty verdict?

If found guilty, a defendant may decide to appeal his case to an appelate court. The appellate court will not retry the case, they will examine the proceedings in the lower court to make sure they were done in a legal manner. The appellate court can either uphold the original conviction, or determine that due to errors made in the original trial, that there must be a retrial, resentencing or a complete dismissal of the charges.

Where will Mahoning County criminal case hearings take place?

Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Mahoning County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Mahoning County.

Required Court Appearances in Mahoning County

Any required court appearances in Mahoning 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.

Who can help me in Mahoning County?

For general information about your case the Mahoning County court clerk will be able to provide legal information about your specific criminal case. Legal information is not legal advice though, the court clerk will only be able to provide information about your case, like date/time of hearings what will occur at the hearing and what you may be required to do in the hearing. They cannot provide advice about what you should do or what the best legal options may be for your particular case. Only an attorney can provide legal advice and this is your best place for information about your specific criminal proceeding. If you cannot afford to hire a private attorney to represent you, a judge will appoint an attorney to represent you, this is most often a public defender.

Right to Jury Trial

For “Serious Crimes”, those that can have a potential penalty of 6 months in jail OR a minimum $500 penalty, the US Constitution guarantees a right to trial by jury. This is guaranteed by Article III of the Constitution and the 6th Amendment. The accused has the ability to waive their right to trial by jury.

What is the Burden of Proof?

The term “Burden of Proof” means that the prosecutor is required to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor cannot provide proof of the defendants guilt, then the judge or jury in a trial must find the defendant not guilty. In the United States the principle innocent until proven guilty derives from this that the defendant is assumed innocent and the prosecution has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.

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.

What is Jury Deliberation?

After both the prosecution and defense have presented their cases, the judge in the case will provide instructions to the jury about what they must decide. The jury will be dismissed to the jury room where they will deliberate about the guilt or innocence of the defendant. After reaching a unaminous decision, they return their decision to the court where it is read aloud in the courtroom. If the jury is unable to reach a unaminous decision, the jury is deadlocked, also known as a hung jury, in which a mistrial will be declared.

What is a Plea Agreement?

A plea agreement is a deal made between the prosecution and the defendant in a case, where the defendant agrees to plea guilty to a particular charge in exchange for some concession from the prosecutor. In practice, more than 90% of criminal cases end with a plea agreement.

Mahoning County Criminal Court Locations

  • Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas – Domestic Relations Division

    Address: 120 Market St, Youngstown OH 44503
    Phone: 330-740-2104 Fax: 330-740-2105

  • Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas – General Division

    Address: 120 Market St, Youngstown OH 44503
    Phone: 330-740-2104 Fax: 330-740-2105

  • Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas – Juvenile Division

    Address: 300 E Scott St, Youngstown OH 44505
    Phone: 330-740-2278 Fax: 330-740-2272

  • Probate Court of Mahoning County

    Address: 120 Market St, Youngstown OH 44503
    Phone: 330-740-2310 Fax: 330-740-2325

  • Mahoning County Area Court No. 2 – Boardman

    Address: 8110 Market St, Boardman OH 44512
    Phone: 330-726-5546 Fax: 330-740-2035

  • Mahoning County Area Court No. 3 – Sebring

    Address: 605 E Ohio Ave, Sebring OH 44672
    Phone: 330-938-9873 Fax: 330-938-6518

  • Mahoning County Area Court No. 4 – Austintown

    Address: 6000 Mahoning Ave, Austintown OH 44515
    Phone: 330-740-2001 Fax: 330-740-2036

  • Mahoning County Area Court No. 5 – Canfield

    Address: 72 N Broad St, Canfield OH 44406
    Phone: 330-533-3643 Fax: 330-740-2034

  • Campbell Municipal Court

    Address: 351 Tenney Ave, Campbell OH 44405
    Phone: 330-755-2165

  • Struthers Municipal Court

    Address: Phone: 330-755-2181, x114

  • Youngstown Municipal Court

    Address: 26 S Phelps St, PO Box 6047, Youngstown OH 44501
    Phone: 330-742-8866 (Small Claims) 330-742-8847 (Parking Tickets)

  • Canfield Mayor’s Court

    Address: 104 Lisbon St, Canfield OH 44406
    Phone: 330-533-5212 Fax: 330-533-0741

  • Craig Beach Mayor’s Court

    Address: Phone: 330-654-2107, x2

  • Lowellville Mayor’s Court

    Address: 140 E Liberty St, Lowellville OH 44436
    Phone: 330-536-6415 Fax: 330-536-2058

  • New Middletown Mayor’s Court

    Address: 10711 Main St, PO Box 463, New Middletown OH 44442
    Phone: 330-542-2846 Fax: 330-542-2866

  • Poland Mayor’s Court

    Address: 308 S Main St, Poland OH 44514
    Phone: 330-757-2112 Fax: 330-757-1680

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