Medina County Criminal Court

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

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.

If guilty, who sentences the defendant?

If the defendant is found guilty after the trial, the defendent will be sentenced. In some cases, this can occur at the same hearing the defendant is found guilty in court, in other cases a separate hearing will be required. Often the prosecution will request a particular sentence for the defendant and the judge will determine whether to enforce this sentence or impose a different sentence for the defendant.

Medina County Criminal Court

Medina County Criminal Court

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.

Mandatory Appearances in Medina County Criminal Court

At a mandatory or required court appearance in Medina County, the defendant must appear before the court. In the event of a “Failure to Appear” the judge may issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant. Note: not all criminal hearings are mandatory, in a non-mandatory hearing an attorney may appear on your behalf without you being in court.

Where will Medina County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Where can I get help for my Medina 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 Medina 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.

Who is the prosecutor for Medina County?

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

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.

The Right to Trial by Jury

The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by a jury. This is applicable for when the crime can carry a sentence of 6 months in jail OR a $500 fine, these are known as “Serious Crimes”. The defendant can also waive their right to a speedy and public trial.

What happens in Medina County at an arraignment?

In Medina 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.

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.

Jury Deliberations in Medina County

In Medina County, jury deliberations will take place in a jury trial after the prosecution and defense have presented their cases and rested. At this point, the judge will provide a list of instructions to the jury about what they are allowed and not allowed to do and what verdict options are available for them to decide. The jury will be sent to a private room to discuss the evidence presented in the case and attempt to reach a unaminous decision. When a unaminous decision is reached, the jury will inform the judge that they have reached a verdict and will return to the courtroom for the verdict to be read allowed. In the event that the jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict, the jury results in a deadlock and a mistrial is declared.

Medina County Criminal Court Locations

  • Medina County Court of Common Pleas – Domestic Relations Division

    Address: 93 Public Square, Medina OH 44256
    Phone: 330-725-9722 Fax: 330-764-8454

  • Medina County Court of Common Pleas – General Division

    Address: 93 Public Square, Medina OH 44256
    Phone: 330-725-9722 Fax: 330-764-8454

  • Medina County Court of Common Pleas – Probate and Juvenile Divisions

    Address: 93 Public Square, Medina OH 44256
    Phone: 330-725-9709 (Juvenile) Fax: 330-725-9173

  • Medina Municipal Court

    Address: 135 N Elmwood Ave, Medina OH 44256
    Phone: 330-723-3287 Fax: 330-225-1108

  • Wadsworth Municipal Court

    Address: 120 Maple St, Wadsworth OH 44281
    Phone: 330-335-1596 Fax: 330-335-2723

  • Brunswick Mayor’s Court

    Address: 4095 Center Rd, Brunswick OH 44212
    Phone: 330-558-6870 Fax; 330-220-1348

  • Lodi Mayor’s Court

    Address: 108 Ainsworth St, PO Box 95, Lodi OH 44254
    Phone: 330-948-2040 Fax: 330-948-3017

  • Westfield Center Mayor’s Court

    Address: 6701 Greenwich Rd, PO Box 750, Westfield Center OH 44251
    Phone: 330-887-5151 Fax: 330-887-5601

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