Amelia, OH asked in Criminal Law for Ohio

Q: Let friend borrow car they let someone else use it and they had no license now it's towed what can I do

I let my friend borrow my car for a couple days, and they ended up letting someone else use it and that person didn't have a liscence so my car got towed and my friend well ex friend didn't bother telling me till 3 days after it got towed

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Marcus A. Ross
Marcus A. Ross
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Columbus, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: In Franklin County typically the City Prosecutor’s Office will object to a warrant being set aside for a Domestic Violence and companion Assault Case. The Judges typically won’t set the warrant aside. The defendant typically has to turn him/herself into the jail, be slated, fingerprinted and processed and then be placed on the arraignment court docket for the next day. If the defendant has no criminal ( or minimal criminal record for acts of violence) there are no bad injuries sustained by the alleged victim and the defendant has a good fixed address, is gainfully employed,etc.( and is no flight risk) the Judges in Franklin County Municipal Court will typically set a recognizance bond on the case in arraignment court( which is your initial appearance where you are made aware of the criminal charges filed and your constitutional rights afforded to you).

Recognizance bond does not require defendant to post any money to the clerk to obtain his/her release. The defendant needs to typically turn him/herself in before 9:00 pm. However I just had this conversation with a fellow colleague (because I have a client who has an outstanding domestic violence assault warrant) and he said he has been advising his clients to turn themselves in to the jail before 6:00 pm the previous day to ensure they make the arraignment court docket in Franklin County Municipal Court. There have been lots of changes to policy and procedure with the Clerk’s Office and the court since the pandemic. Hope this helps.

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