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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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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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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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4 Questions Answered
Q. If a case is pending, how do I find out?
A: You can go to the website for the Clerk’s office (I.e. Mayor’s Court,Municipal Court,Common Pleas,Federal Court, courts of specialized jurisdiction/Probate/Bankruptcy,etc.) and obtain docket information on a pending case. You typically can go online and do a search based on your last and first name, Date of Birth, Case#,etc. Whether it it is a criminal or civil case there is typically a field code to input this info which will allow you to see the procedural posture of the case( i. e. scheduled for pretrial conference, Motion hearing, jury trial, status or settlement conference on civil case, Motions filed,etc.)
Q. Let friend borrow car they let someone else use it and they had no license now it's towed what can I do
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.
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
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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
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
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
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
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