New London, OH asked in Criminal Law for Ohio

Q: Can a judge order payment before my final pre-trial?

I have a pending final pre-trial for a DUI on Thursday. My public defender said I have to pay $400 by that day to stay out of jail. But he doesn't have an order from the judge.

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Brian Smith
Brian Smith
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rocky River, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: You should clarify this with the attorney you already have.

In my experience, I am familiar with a court that will permit a reduction of an OVI when the prosecutor agrees, but only if the person is able to pay a portion of their fines at the time they enter the plea to the reduced charge.

I am also familiar with some courts that have a blanket rule against any offers to reduce OVIs. Of those two options, the first is better, but only so long as the person is able pay the fines.

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