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Friday, December 06, 2013

Wayne County Appellate Decisions for November, 2013

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Appellate District released one decision on an appeal from Wayne County. That decision was released on November 12, 2013. A summary of the decision appears below. 

State v. Fields, 2013-Ohio-4970 affirmed a decision from the Wayne County Municipal Court. Mr. Fields appealed his conviction for driving while under the influence of alcohol. Mr. Fields was originally arrested in March of 2007. When the first trial date appeared Mr. Fields orally waived on the record his right to a speedy trial. He failed to appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest. In June of 2011 he filed a motion to dismiss for lack of speedy trial. That motion was denied. He then filed motions for a pretrial and discovery. The case went to trial and August of 2012 and he was found guilty. 

The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's denial of the motion to dismiss under the following analysis: From the time he orally waived his right to a speedy trial until he filed the motion to dismiss was tolled because of the waiver. Then from the time the motion to dismiss was filed until the trial date was reasonable because of delays attributable to the motions that Mr. Fields had filed. 

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