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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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Biography

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.

Education
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 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.
Associate
Skinner & Associates,LLC
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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
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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
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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.
Certifications
DBE
Ohio Department of Transportation
MBE/EDGE
State of Ohio Department of Administrative Services
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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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Ohio
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6th Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    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.
Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Drug Crimes, Expungement, Gun Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
Languages
  • English
Legal Answers
Q. What is the meaning of: SUPPLEMENTAL RESPONSE TO DEFENDANT'S REQUEST/DEMAND FOR DISCOVERY
A: Supplemental Response to discovery request means there is additional discovery the Prosecutor is providing to the Defense/Defendant as required under Criminal Rule 16 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure. This could be any tangible evidence( police report/narrative,dash cam/cruiser video,forensic evidence( DNA Kit, urine sample in OVI/DUI case, etc.) or anything exculpatory that was not provided by the Prosecutor’s office to the Defendant in the initial response to the Request/Demand for Discovery.
Q. can I get arrested for using something I was told I can use?
A: Your father can file an Unauthorized Use of Property Charge or Theft charge against you if he gave you specific instructions not to use or possess the lawnmower. Unauthorized Use of Property or Theft are criminal offense(s) which can be misdemeanor or felony classification offenses based on the value of the lawnmower. I would recommend you don’t take the lawnmower.
Q. If a cop was standing on freeway shoulder, can he accurately use his lidar gun if two vehicles pass him by as it’s used?
A: The Ohio Supreme Court ruled in a 2020 decision (Rodojev decision)that an expert is not required to be in court to testify about how laser speed detection units/guns work. The results of the speed laser detection unit on the speed of the motorist are admissible without the testimony of an expert witness on how the technology works. The decision means the trial court takes judicial notice of the scientific reliability of the laser detection unit. However, the laser detection unit results can be challenged by calling into question whether the instrument was properly calibrated prior to usage or whether there was proper maintenance of the laser unit. You can also challenge the angle at which the officer held the device and the officer’s qualifications to use it. Judges and jurors can make a determination as to the weight given to the officer’s testimony on proper calibration or maintenance of the unit in addition to these other factors in ruling on the guilt or innocence of the motorist. ... Read More
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Marcus A. Ross Attorney at Law LPA
Contact & Map
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 (Today)
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
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed