The Prosecutor prosecutes adults who are charged with committing any felony in violation of the Ohio Revised Code. These types of crimes prosecuted include: robbery, burglary, felonious assault, domestic violence, drug offenses, forgery, arson, sexual abuse, sexual assault and homicides.  The Assistant Prosecutor prosecutes adults who are charged with committing misdemeanor violations of the Ohio Revised Code and Traffic Violations.  Common terms in the criminal system are as follows:

Arraignment – the initial court appearance of the accused, held for the purpose of advising the accused of the charges and having him or her enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest to the charge.

Grand Jury – a group of persons whose duty is to receive complaints and accusations in criminal cases, hear the prosecutor’s evidence, and decide whether that evidence is sufficient to issue an indictment.

Plea – a defendant’s official statement of “guilty,” “not guilty,” or “no contest” to the charges against him or her. If the defendant enters a “guilty” or “no contest” plea, there will be no need for a trial.

Pretrial – a meeting, before trial, between the prosecutor and the defense attorney to discuss the merits of the case, exchange information about witnesses, and attempt to negotiate an appropriate resolution of the case.

Sentencing – the judgement of a court concerning the offender’s punishment, ranging from death, imprisonment, or fine to probation, restitution, and community service.

Paulding County Prosecutor’s Office

120 S. Walnut Street
Paulding, Ohio 45879
Ph. (419) 399-8270
Fax: (419) 399-2358