Wayne County Criminal Court

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

Defendant Sentencing

At a sentence hearing the judge will inform the defendant of the sentence that will be imposed. This sometimes occurs at the same hearing in which the defendant is found guilty (either by trial or plea agreement). In can also occur at a later date, most often this is due to the complexity of the case where more time is needed to determine the appropriate sentence.

Required Court Appearances in Wayne County

Any required court appearances in Wayne 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.

Wayne County Criminal Court

Wayne County Criminal Court

I need help for my Wayne County criminal case

The best place to get information about your criminal case is from an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint one to represent you which will assist in your case. For general information about your case the Wayne County court clerk is able to provide general information about your specific case (e.g. date/time hearings, mandatory appearance, what will take place and what you will be required to do). The court clerk for Wayne County will NOT be able to provide legal advice for your case, only an attorney can provide legal advice. The court clerk can provide legal information (like the information found on this website) about your case but cannot provide advice about what you should do in your legal manner.

Burden of Proof

The burden of proof is always on the prosecution in a criminal trial. In other words, the prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime. The defense must only prove that there is a reasonable possibility that the defendant did NOT commit the crime. If the prosecution cannot prove that the defendant committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, the jury will be instructed to find the defendant not-guilty.

Plea Agreements

A Plea Agreement, sometimes known as a Plea Bargain is an agreement between the prosecution and the defendant, where the defendant pleads guilty or no contest often in exchange for a lesser charge or lighter recommended sentence. A large majority of criminal cases end in a plea agreement. In Wayne County you can inform your attorney to negotiate with the prosecution to attempt to come to a plea agreement, but this is dependent upon the charge severity and also the prosecutors willingness to accept a plea deal.

Wayne County Prosecutor

For criminal cases in Wayne County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Wayne County. The Wayne County prosecutor reviews all evidence and ultimately decides whether to file or dismiss charges in the case. Most of the time, the prosecutor has leeway in plea negotiations and determines how the case will be prosecuted.

Arraignments in Wayne County

During an arraignment in Wayne County, a defendant appears before the court and the judge reads the charges that have been filed against the accused and also informs the defendant of his/her rights. During the arraignment in Wayne County, the defendant can choose to plead one of the following 1) Guilty 2) Not Guilty or 3) No Contest. If the defendant enters a plea of Not Guilty, a date for trial is set. In the event of a Guilty or No Contest Plea in Wayne County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Wayne 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.

Wayne County Criminal Court hearings

Criminal hearings in Wayne County will take place at the Wayne County Criminal Courts. Please see here for a list of the Wayne County Criminal Court Locations.

Appealing a guilty verdict

A defendant may appeal a guilty verdict to an appellate court. This is not a request to have another trial, but a request for an appellate court to review the case and determine that it was handled in a correct legal manner. There are a number of outcomes in an appeal including an upholding of the conviction, a finding that errors were made resulting in a retrial or resentencing or possibly a complete disimissal of all charges.

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 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.

Wayne County Criminal Court Locations

  • Wayne County Court of Common Pleas – General and Domestic Relations Divisions

    Address: 107 W Liberty St, Wooster OH 44691
    Phone: 330-287-5590 Fax: 330-287-5416

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

    Address: 107 W Liberty St, Wooster OH 44691
    Phone: 330-287-5575 (Probate) Phone: 330-287-5561 (Juvenile)

  • Wayne County Municipal Court

    Address: 215 N Grant St, Wooster OH 44691
    Phone: 330-287-5650

  • Wayne County Municipal Court

    Address: 207 N Main St, Orrville OH 44667
    Fax: 330-682-8815

  • Creston Mayor’s Court

    Address: 120 Brooklyn Ave, PO Box 194, Creston OH 44217
    Phone: 330-435-6534

  • Doylestown Mayor’s Court

    Address: Phone: 330-658-2181, x1120 Fax: 330-658-6586

  • Marshallville Mayor’s Court

    Address: 7 N Main St, PO Box 169, Marshallville OH 44645
    Phone: 330-855-2491 Fax; 330-855-3609

  • Mount Eaton Mayor’s Court

    Address: 15958 E Main St, Mount Eaton OH 44659
    Phone: 330-359-5452

  • Shreve Mayor’s Court

    Address: 150 W McConkey St, Shreve OH 44676
    Phone: 330-567-2601 Fax: 330-567-3804

  • Smithville Mayor’s Court

    Address: 207 W Main St, PO Box 517, Smithville OH 44677
    Phone: 330-669-2311 Fax: 330-669-3470

  • West Salem Mayor’s Court

    Address: 20 S Main St, PO Box 256, West Salem OH 44287
    Phone: 419-853-4400 Fax: 419-853-4158

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