general questions

 

What does the County Prosecutor do?
The County Prosecutor prosecutes felony crimes and juvenile delinquencies.  An adult accused of committing a felony and a juvenile accused of committing a delinquent act are charged with a violation of law ordinarily pursuant to Chapter 29 of the Ohio Revised Code.  The County Prosecutor represents the People of the State of Ohio, the Plaintiff, in Seneca County Common Pleas Court against the Defendant or alleged delinquent child, who hires or is appointed a criminal defense attorney to defend him or her in court.  If the criminal matter instead involves a misdemeanor charge filed against an adult, please contact either the City of Tiffin Prosecutor at 419-448-5422 if the misdemeanor occurred in the City of Tiffin or in 13 of the 15 townships in Seneca County or the City of Fostoria Prosecutor at 419-436-1375 if the misdemeanor occurred in the City of Fostoria or in Jackson or Loudon Townships in Seneca County. The County Prosecutor also represents county and township officials as their civil attorney in nearly all matters related to their official duties.  See also “Duties” page for more information.

How do I contact the County Prosecutor’s Office on a charged felony crime or juvenile delinquency case?
You can send mail to:

Seneca County Prosecutor
71 South Washington Street, Suite#1204
Tiffin, Ohio  44883

You can telephone at:  419-448-4444 or toll free 888-507-6724

You can fax at:  419-443-7911 

You can email here:  email

If I am a victim of a felony crime or delinquent act, who should I contact initially about the investigation or case?
Besides the law enforcement agency investigating the case, you can also contact the Seneca County Victims Assistance Program at 419-448-5070 or toll free at 800-400-9900 to speak with a victim advocate.  If you are reporting a crime as a victim or witness, please contact the local law enforcement agency where the crime occurred.  See also “Law Enforcement” page for more information. 

How do I know if my problem is criminal or civil?
If your problem deals with a suspected violation of one or more criminal laws of the State of Ohio such as murder, rape, robbery, burglary, assault, domestic violence, theft, or drug trafficking, then please contact the local law enforcement agency where the crime occurred to report the crime.  See also “Law Enforcement” page for more information. 

Instead, if it deals with a private dispute ordinarily over money or property, such as a landlord/tenant issue, a divorce, a contract dispute with a contractor, or unsatisfactory work performed on your home or car, then you should contact a private attorney and/or consider filing a civil complaint in small claims court at one of the municipal courts.  If you are unable to afford an attorney in your private legal matter, you may qualify for the legal services of Legal Aid of Western Ohio (LAWO) at 800-837-8908.  If the matter is about collecting child support, contact the Seneca County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) at 419-447-1632 or toll free at 800-666-1632

Civil Questions

 

How do I get a Civil Protection Order (CPO)?
If someone is harassing you, such as an ex-boyfriend or neighbor, you may qualify for a CPO.  You should contact the Seneca County Victim Assistance Program at 419-448-5070 or toll free at 800-400-9900 to discuss the matter and receive assistance with the necessary paperwork you would need to file to seek court-ordered protection.

Which official do I contact about paving or plowing of a road, high weeds growing on an adjacent property, or zoning concerns in the county?
Please contact the county engineer's office at 419-447-1011 and the township trustees in the township where you reside or the zoning inspector if you live in a zoned township (Adams, Clinton, Eden, Hopewell, Jackson, Pleasant, and Scipio Townships) to address your concerns.  See “Links” page for contact information about public officials.

 I owe back taxes on real estate and want to pay them, which county office do I contact?
The Seneca County Treasurer’s Office at 419-447-1584 or 419-448-5727.

I have a question about valuation of property I own for purposes of taxes I owe, which county office do I contact?
The Seneca County Auditor’s Office at 419-447-0692 or 419-448-5717.

I want to report a dog running at large or I have a new dog and need to purchase a dog license, which county office do I contact?
To report a dog running at large, call the Seneca County Dog Warden at 419-448-5097;
To purchase a dog license, call the Seneca County Auditor’s Office at 419-447-0692 or 419-448-5717.

 I need the title to a vehicle transfer filed in the official records, where do I go?
The Seneca County Clerk of Court’s Title Office in the Annex Building. 
Call the Clerk of Court for directions or any questions at 419-447-3433 or 419-448-5712.

I want to talk to a county official about the sales tax rate in the county or the expenditure of tax dollars on county services or county buildings, who do I contact?
The Board of Seneca County Commissioners’ Office at 419-447-4550.

Criminal questions

I have witnessed a crime or have information about a crime, who should I call?
You should contact either the law enforcement agency where the crime occurred or the police department in the town you live in, or if you live in a township in Seneca County, call the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office at 419-447-3456.  See also “Law Enforcement” page for a listing of local law enforcement agencies.

I have information about the whereabouts of a person who has a warrant out for his arrest, who can I talk to about this information?
Call the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office at 419-447-3456, tell the dispatcher who answers your call, and ask to speak with a deputy in the Warrants and Transport Division; otherwise, contact your local law enforcement agency which covers your area where you live.  See also “Law Enforcement” page for a listing of local law enforcement agencies.

My spouse, a family member, or a person I live with physically abuses me, what can I do?First, call the law enforcement agency where you live to report the physical abuse, which is a crime under the law.  See “Law Enforcement” page for a listing of local law enforcement agencies.

Second, call the Seneca County Victim Assistance Program at 419-448-5070 or toll free at 800-400-9900 to request assistance in appropriate cases where an application for a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) should be filed in Court.  See “Victims Rights” page for more information

.What is the difference between a “Temporary Protection Order,” a “Civil Protection Order”, a “Restraining Order,” and a “No-Contact Order?”
While legally different, they all have the same effect.  They are all court orders prohibiting a person from being near another person who has sought protection through the Court.  A victim advocate can assist in appropriate paperwork being filed at Court to obtain a court order to require a person to stay away from a victim.  See “Victims Rights” page for more information.

 I have received a criminal subpoena to appear in Court to testify as a witness for the State of Ohio, how do I know when and where I need to be at Court?
The subpoena lists the date and time along with the Court where you need to appear as a witness.  Please call the telephone number listed on the subpoena to receive updated information about the specific time of your appearance.  If you are the victim in the case, contact also can be made with the Seneca County Victims Assistance Program at 419-448-5070 or toll free at 800-400-9900, who will notify you of when and where you need to appear for purposes of your testimony.

I received a criminal subpoena to appear and testify in Court but I do not want to testify or have a scheduling conflict that day, what could happen if I do not show up?
A criminal subpoena is a court order to appear and testify.  Not obeying a subpoena is contempt of court and a person can be punished with jail time and/or fines.  Upon realizing a conflict in your schedule, rearrange your schedule as soon as possible and inform the other person you have the appointment with that you have a court order to appear and testify in court.  Please call the telephone number listed on the subpoena for updated information about the specific time of your appearance at court, which may affect whether or not you need to rearrange your schedule.

How do I drop charges as the victim in a criminal case?
A victim does not have the ability to drop charges in Seneca County Common Pleas Court.  Once charges have been filed, only the Judge can dismiss them and ordinarily at the request of a county prosecutor.  Again, if you are a victim in a misdemeanor case, contact the municipal prosecutor in the appropriate city listed in General Questions. to discuss misdemeanor charges.

How do I find out if a Defendant is still in jail?
Contact the Seneca County Jail at the Sheriff’s Office at 419-448-5074 where the Defendant was booked into custody.  Personnel at the jail can explain where the Defendant is being housed and his expected release date.  If a Defendant is serving time in a state prison and you are the victim in the case, please call the Seneca County Victim Assistance Program at 419-448-5070 or toll free at 800-400-9900 for assistance in finding out how to get information on a prison release date.

Who do I speak with about restitution owed to me or compensation for unreimbursed hospital bills or lost wages due to being a victim of crime?
If you are a victim of a felony crime or juvenile delinquency and have documented economic loss as a direct result of the crime committed against you, please call the Seneca County Victim Assistance Program at 419-448-5070 or toll free at 800-400-9900 to submit this information for a restitution order to be included as part of the sentencing entry in the criminal or juvenile case.  A victim advocate can also assist you in submitting a reparations award application.  The Ohio Victims of Crime Act allows certain claimants, including crime victims, to apply for an award of reparations for economic loss suffered as a result of criminal acts.  Contact an advocate at the above-listed numbers or the Ohio Court of Claims toll free at 1-800-824-8263 for an application and more information about your rights as a victim of crime.

 

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