In Ohio, Pretrial Discovery is covered, by Rule 16 of the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure. The process is started by the Defense making a demand for Discovery upon the State of Ohio. At that point, the State is required to produce any evidence in its possession that the State, the Defense has a reciprocating duty to provide the State with witnesses and evidence that it intends to introduce at trial. If the Defense intends to put forward and alibi defense, that disclosure is required as well. This rule prevents the parties from surprising each other with evidence at trial.
Some Typical Documents you would receive from the prosecution or defense include:
- Police reports
- 911 calls
- Pictures of injuries and area in which the alleged offense occurred
- All witnesses including their name and address
- Telephone Records
- Text Messages records or text messages
- Police cruiser videos and body camera footage
- Social Media Postings
- Hospital medical records
- Psychiatric records
- Job and Family service filings
- Domestic relations filings
- Alleged admission made by the suspect
- Expert witnesses
- Expert witness reports
This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather just some examples of discovery items obtained in the prior cases we have handled. In your case, there may be other items obtained and used for defense.
The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams will provide you with a variety of defenses that can be used to defend you against your charges.
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