GC hires new magistrate

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Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage has appointed Donald Breckenridge as the new Mayor’s Court magistrate for the City of Grove City. He will assume office on Feb. 1.

Breckenridge, 52, brings to the city legal experience, with a special focus on laws related to operation of a vehicle while intoxicated (O.V.I.) as well as other traffic and criminal offenses. He is certified by the Ohio Supreme Court to hear and to determine all matters concerning first-offense O.V.I. cases related to drugs and/or alcohol.

He is also certified to hear all criminal and traffic offenses properly brought before the court. His certification is built upon 11 years of specialized training through the Ohio Municipal League pertaining to drug- and alcohol-related traffic offenses. Additionally, he has received training and education regarding Ohio O.V.I. law through the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since 1996.

Breckenridge has 22 years experience in the legal field, and has maintained a private law office since 1991. His practice is based in Grove City. In private practice, he regularly defends criminal, traffic and O.V.I. charges throughout central Ohio.

For more than a decade, the graduate of the Capital University Law School has served as magistrate for central Ohio municipalities including the Village of Obetz, the Village of Minerva Park and the City of Gahanna.

His prior experience includes tenure as prosecutor for the City of Grove City from 1990 to 1995. He held the same title for the City of Dublin the two years previous.

In Grove City, the magistrate conducts Mayor’s Court and has the authority to hear criminal and traffic matters, enter judgment and impose sentence on all cases within jurisdiction of the court.

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