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Marcus A. Ross

Marcus A. Ross

I handle OVI/DUI, traffic and criminal defense matters throughout Ohio
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets
  • Ohio
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Reviewed by Felice Lisette Harris October 7, 2021
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Marcus has been practicing in the area of criminal defense for many years and he uses his knowledge and experience for the benefit of his clients.
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I am a former Assistant City Prosecutor for the Columbus, Ohio City Attorney's office and have been handling criminal, traffic and DUI felony and misdemeanor classification offenses for 20 years. I have handled cases throughout Franklin County, Delaware County, and throughout the state of Ohio. I have handled numerous suppression and evidentiary/oral hearings, jury trials and bench trials during my years of practice. I have also served as General Counsel for a small minority owned construction firm prior to starting my practice and joining the law firm of Walton & Brown, LLP as Of Counsel. In addition to my core competency of criminal and traffic defense, I have practiced in the areas of labor & employment, personal injury, landlord tenant, and have handled collection actions for judgment debtors and creditors as well as general civil and business litigation. I am certified as a Minority Business Enterprise with the City of Columbus, Ohio, and the State of Ohio through the Dept. of Administrative Services MBE/EDGE certification program.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Drug Crimes, Expungement, Gun Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
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    The initial 30 minute consultation is free. After the initial consultation the prospective client will be charged $25 per every 15 minutes in addition to the 30 minute consultation.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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6th Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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Professional Experience
Of Counsel, OVI/DUI, traffic and criminal defense
Walton & Brown, LLP
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Handle criminal, traffic and OVI/DUI misdemeanor and felony referrals for firm throughout the state of Ohio.
Skinner & Associates,LLC
Associate Attorney where I handled criminal, traffic, DUI matters for the firm in Franklin County in addition to court appointed criminal referrals from Licking and Delaware Counties on misdemeanor and felony criminal matters.
General Counsel
IAP Government Services Group
Served as General Counsel for Innovative Architectural Planners Government Services Group, a construction management firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. My responsibilities included but were not limited to: negotiating commercial lease agreements, working in a coordinated effort with human resources to resolve labor and employment disputes with employees and ensure compliance with employment handbook by employees, reviewing subcontractor agreements on individual projects managed by the company, as well as settling disputes with judgment creditors on behalf of company.
Assistant City Prosecutor
Columbus,Ohio City Attorney’s Office
I previously served as an Assistant City Prosecutor for the Columbus,Ohio City Attorney’s Office where I handled numerous jury trials and bench trials for misdemeanor criminal and traffic offenses. Cases ranged from minor misdemeanor traffic violations to OVI/DUI to simple assault and domestic violence and a penalty range of a monetary fine of $150 fine to six(6) months in jail. My experience included handling numerous motion/suppression hearings on 4th and 5th amendment issues on search and seizure and Miranda as well as administrative license issues where procedural due process is at issue.
Capital University Law School
J.D. (1995) | ABA Accredited Law School Curriculum
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Ohio State University - Columbus
M.A. (1992) | African and African American Studies
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Hampton University
B.S. (1989) | Finance
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Professional Associations
Ohio State Bar Association
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Columbus Bar Association
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Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Ohio Department of Transportation
State of Ohio Department of Administrative Services
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Marcus A. Ross Attorney at Law LPA
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2 Questions Answered
Q. How can you get a warrant cleared
A: Sir/Maam, If this is an arrest warrant it can be set aside/cleared by making an appearance with Counsel who can make a request (with the prosecutor present) for the Judge to set the warrant aside. (You can show up by yourself but typically retaining counsel will allow your Attorney to reach out to the prosecutor's office to obtain their position on setting the warrant aside)Typically here in Franklin County, Ohio the prosecutors are willing to set aside traffic warrants on misdemeanor cases such as driving without a valid license, driving without insurance, speeding, running a red light/traffic control device violation, etc. without objection. However for arrest warrants on acts of violence (Domestic Violence, Assault, etc.) prosecutor's typically want the person to be taken into custody if the initial charges are filed on a warrant. On felony matters here in Franklin County charges are presented to the Grand Jury prior to indictment and you are typically required to be taken into custody, then a preliminary hearing is scheduled prior to the arraignment court date in which a bond is set for the case. So in a nutshell depending on the nature of the offense and the circumstances in which you either missed your initial appearance in court(arraignment court date) or a subsequent court date, the Judge may or may not be willing to set the warrant aside and give you a new court date. This decision by the court is based on the type of offense (violent or non violent, traffic, etc.), degree of offense (misdemeanor or felony), etc. Please be advised that on felony cases in Franklin County once the case has been arraigned and assigned to a Judge the Defendant's failure to appear will result in him/her being indicted/formally charged with a Failure to Appear (5th Degree Felony) capias/warrant charge. Respectfully submitted, Marcus A. Ross Attorney at Law
Q. I made a dumb decision tonight. I was waiting in a long line at drive thru late, and a kid blatently cut me off in line.
A: Sir, If you are unsure whether the surveilance video cameras will show you causing damage to the window at the McDonald's then you can arrange with the young man to pay for the damage and make full restitution based on a written estimate he gives for the costs of the repairs and/or replacement. I would have the young man provide you evidence of the damage by letting you look at the vehicle and/or provide you photographs of what he claims to be damaged. However, that still won't prevent him from trying to file a criminal complaint for criminal damaging charges or the officer from filing if the officer feels based on the evidence he has sufficient probable cause to file the charges. You can go back to the McDonald's and look at the position of the cameras also to determine whether based on where you were in the drive through line the video camera captured what occurred. You can also follow up with the detective to see if he looked at the vehicle to determine if there is damage to the window and whether he has looked at the surveilance video footage from McDonalds.If there is video evidence of you striking the car and/or there is a independent witness who saw what occurred (and can identify you beyond a pretrial motion to suppress eyewitness identification) in my opinion you face an uphill battle to get the case dismissed or win at trial. (assuming there is damage to the vehicle).My experience has been that often times if a defendant has no criminal record the prosecutor will amend/reduce the criminal damaging charges down to criminal mischief or disorderly conduct and request full restitution be made by the defendant as a part of the plea bargain as a condition of probation or may dismiss it outright if the Defendant makes full restitution and the alleged victim is on board (okay) with a dismissal. If you were to enter a guilty plea to a lesser offense as a part of a plea agreement/bargain and the Judge places you on probation for a period of time then after paying restitution to the alleged victim and your accompanying fine and court costs the Judge may be willing to modify/terminate you from probation early. Prosecutor's don't always consult the investigating/charging officer and often use their own discretion in how a case is brought to final disposition. In this instance the wishes/desires of the alleged victim (young man and his mom/owner of the vehicle) will be taken into account by the prosecutor if the charges are in fact filed. Marcus A. Ross Attorney at Law
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Marcus A. Ross Attorney at Law, LPA
175 S. Third St. Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (614) 484-0926
Fax: (614) 484-7071
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
395 E. Broad St. Suite 200
395 E. Broad St. Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
Toll-Free: (614) 360-1460
Fax: (614) 636-3453
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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