Mayor's Court Process In Ohio and Marijuana Charges

Ohio Mayor's Courts

I regularly represent clients facing traffic, DUI, OVI, possession of marijuana and other criminal misdemeanor charges in Ohio mayor's courts in municipalities throughout Columbus and Central Ohio, such as Grandview Heights, Hilliard, Bexley, Reynoldsburg, Gahanna, Westerville, Worthington and Grove City.

Mayor's courts are unique state courts created under sections 1905.01 and 1905.20 of the Ohio Revised Code by some Ohio municipalities. Only two states in the U.S. have mayor's courts — Louisiana and Ohio. Ohio law allows mayors of municipal corporations populated by more than 100 people that have no municipal court to conduct mayor's court. Each municipality has its own code of traffic and criminal ordinances.

Each case is generally heard by either the mayor or a magistrate appointed by the mayor. If there is an appointed magistrate, he or she must be a lawyer. However, Ohio law does not require mayors who hear cases to be attorneys.

Mayor's courts are not "courts of record" and are not authorized to conduct jury trials. However, if a defendant is charged with a DUI or other serious misdemeanor in any of the municipalities and would like a jury trial, the case must be transferred to the local county municipal court, such as Franklin County Municipal Court. In fact, a defendant can transfer his or her case to the appropriate county municipal court at any time for any reason. Furthermore, if a defendant is convicted in mayor's court in one of the municipalities, he or she may appeal their conviction to the local county municipal court.

There are some advantages to having your case heard in mayor's court. A hearing in mayor's court is generally more informal, may have evening hours and may be more conveniently located to where you live. There are pros and cons to having your case heard in mayor's court. Consulting with an experienced criminal and/or DUI attorney who practices in local mayor's courts is critical to obtaining the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.

When you hire me, I will advise you as to whether it is best, based on the facts of the case, to have your case heard in mayor's court, or to transfer the case to Franklin County Municipal Court.

After your first court appearance (which is called an arraignment), I will continue to investigate the facts of your case by filing a discovery motion. This is the first step in being able to evaluate possible problems in the government's case and to negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable resolution of your case. If negotiation fails, I will then conduct motion hearings and a trial in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

I routinely handle misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases in the following mayor's courts:

• Grandview Heights (including Ohio State University)

• Hilliard

• Bexley (including Capital University)

• Reynoldsburg

• Gahanna

• Westerville (including Otterbein University)

• Worthington

• Grove City

Grandview Heights Mayor's Court

I regularly represent clients facing traffic, DUI, OVI, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, underage drinking, falsification and other criminal misdemeanor charges in Ohio mayor's courts in municipalities throughout Columbus and Central Ohio, such as Grandview Heights.

I have represented many college students, including Ohio State University (OSU) students, who have been charged with "college crimes," such as marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia, underage drinking, and false identification or ID. If you are a college student and receive federal student aid money, any type of drug offense conviction could have possible negative consequences on your ability to receive financial aid awards in the future. I work with you and the prosecutor to make sure that your case or conviction has as little impact as possible on your financial aid and future job prospects.

There are some advantages to having your case heard in mayor's court. A hearing in mayor's court is generally more informal and may be more conveniently located to where you live. There are pros and cons to having your case heard in mayor's court. Consulting with an experienced criminal or DUI attorney who practices in local mayor's courts is critical to obtaining the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.

When you hire me, I will advise you as to whether it is best, based on the facts of the case, to have your case heard in mayor's court, or to transfer the case to Franklin County Municipal Court.

After your first court appearance (arraignment), I will continue to investigate the facts of your case by filing a discovery motion. This is the first step in being able to evaluate possible problems in the government's case and to negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable resolution of your case. If negotiation fails, I will then conduct motion hearings and a trial in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Mayor's court convenes on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month starting at 1:00 P.M. Mayor's court is located in City Hall, 1016 Grandview Avenue, Grandview Heights, OH 43212.

The prosecutor brings charges on behalf of the city. He or she may make recommendations for fines, penalties or sentencing. If a case is not disposed of during arraignment, the prosecutor will bring the case to trial on behalf of the city. The Clerk of Courts facilitates the administrative process, court scheduling, and collects fines and penalties.

Hilliard Mayor's Court

I regularly represent clients facing traffic, DUI, OVI, possession of marijuana, and other criminal misdemeanor charges in Ohio mayor's courts in municipalities throughout Columbus and Central Ohio, such as Hilliard.

Hilliard mayor's court is held every Wednesday. The staff is available at 7:30 A.M. for defendants to sign in. The Clerk of Court offices is located in the Joint Safety Services Building at 5171 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard, Ohio 43026. Mayor's court is held in the hearing room.

There are some advantages to having your case heard in mayor's court. A hearing in mayor's court is generally more informal and may be more conveniently located to where you live. There are pros and cons to having your case heard in mayor's court. Consulting with an experienced criminal or DUI attorney who practices in local mayor's courts is critical to obtaining the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.

When you hire me, I will advise you as to whether it is best, based on the facts of the case, to have your case heard in mayor's court, or to transfer the case to Franklin County Municipal Court.

After your first court appearance (arraignment), I will continue to investigate the facts of your case by filing a discovery motion. This is the first step in being able to evaluate possible problems in the government's case and to negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable resolution of your case. If negotiation fails, I will then conduct motion hearings and a trial in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Bexley Mayor's Court

I regularly represent clients facing traffic, DUI, OVI, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, underage drinking, falsification, and other criminal misdemeanor charges in Ohio mayor's courts in municipalities throughout Columbus and Central Ohio, such as Bexley.

I have represented many college students, including Capital University students, who have been charged with "college crimes," such as marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia, underage drinking, and false identification or ID. If you are a college student and receive federal student aid money, any type of drug offense conviction could have possible negative consequences on your ability to receive financial aid awards in the future. I work with you and the prosecutor to make sure that your case or conviction has as little impact as possible on your financial aid and future job prospects.

Bexley mayor's court is held at Bexley City Hall, located at 2242 East Main Street, Bexley, Ohio 43209. The telephone number is 614-559-4437. Mayor's court convenes at 9:00 A.M. on alternating Thursdays. At Bexley mayor's court, the magistrate presides over sentencing of arraignments, pretrials, probation revocation hearings and financial hearings.

There are some advantages to having your case heard in mayor's court. A hearing in mayor's court is generally more informal and may be more conveniently located to where you live. There are pros and cons to having your case heard in mayor's court. Consulting with an experienced criminal or DUI attorney who practices in local mayor's courts is critical to obtaining the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.

When you hire me, I will advise you as to whether it is best, based on the facts of the case, to have your case heard in mayor's court, or to transfer the case to Franklin County Municipal Court.

After your first court appearance (arraignment), I will continue to investigate the facts of your case by filing a discovery motion. This is the first step in being able to evaluate possible problems in the government's case and to negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable resolution of your case. If negotiation fails, I will then conduct motion hearings and a trial in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Reynoldsburg Mayor's Court

I regularly represent clients facing traffic, DUI, OVI, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, underage drinking, falsification, and other criminal misdemeanor charges in Ohio mayor's courts in municipalities throughout Columbus and Central Ohio, such as Reynoldsburg.

Reynoldsburg mayor's court is located at 7232 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068 and their telephone number is 614-322-6804. Domestic violence charges, menacing by stalking and protection order violations are matters that are excluded from Reynoldsburg mayor's court jurisdiction. Mayor's court is in session at 9:00 A.M. each Thursday, excluding holidays.

There are some advantages to having your case heard in mayor's court. A hearing in mayor's court is generally more informal and may be more conveniently located to where you live. There are pros and cons to having your case heard in mayor's court. Consulting with an experienced criminal or DUI attorney who practices in local mayor's courts is critical to obtaining the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.

When you hire me, I will advise you as to whether it is best, based on the facts of the case, to have your case heard in mayor's court, or to transfer the case to Franklin County Municipal Court.

After your first court appearance (arraignment), I will continue to investigate the facts of your case by filing a discovery motion. This is the first step in being able to evaluate possible problems in the government's case and to negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable resolution of your case. If negotiation fails, I will then conduct motion hearings and a trial in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Gahanna Mayor's Court

I regularly represent clients facing traffic, DUI, OVI, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, underage drinking, falsification, and other criminal misdemeanor charges in Ohio mayor's courts in municipalities throughout Columbus and Central Ohio, such as Gahanna.

Gahanna mayor's court is located at 200 South Hamilton Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230. Their telephone number is 614-342-4080. Gahanna mayor's court hears misdemeanor offenses that occur in the jurisdiction of the Gahanna Police Division, with the exception of the second-offense driving under the influence and the second-offense driving under DUI suspension or FRA (Financial Responsibility) suspension. In addition, domestic violence cases are excluded from mayor's court jurisdiction. Mayor's court is in session at 9:00 A.M. every Thursday.

There are some advantages to having your case heard in mayor's court. A hearing in mayor's court is generally more informal and may be more conveniently located to where you live. There are pros and cons to having your case heard in mayor's court. Consulting with an experienced criminal or DUI attorney who practices in local mayor's courts is critical to obtaining the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.

When you hire me, I will advise you as to whether it is best, based on the facts of the case, to have your case heard in mayor's court, or to transfer the case to Franklin County Municipal Court.

After your first court appearance (arraignment), I will continue to investigate the facts of your case by filing a discovery motion. This is the first step in being able to evaluate possible problems in the government's case and to negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable resolution of your case. If negotiation fails, I will then conduct motion hearings and a trial in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Westerville Mayor's Court

I regularly represent clients facing traffic, DUI, OVI, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, underage drinking, falsification, and other criminal misdemeanor charges in Ohio mayor's courts in municipalities throughout Columbus and Central Ohio, such as Westerville.

I have represented many college students, including Otterbein University students, who have been charged with "college crimes," such as marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia, underage drinking, and false identification or ID. If you are a college student and receive federal student aid money, any type of drug offense conviction could have possible negative consequences on your ability to receive financial aid awards in the future. I work with you and the prosecutor to make sure that your case or conviction has as little impact as possible on your financial aid and future job prospects.

Westerville mayor's court is located at 21 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081. Their telephone number is 614-901-6419. Mayor's court is scheduled every Wednesday. Pretrials and criminal arraignments are heard at 9:00 A.M. and trials are heard at 10:00 A.M.

There are some advantages to having your case heard in mayor's court. A hearing in mayor's court is generally more informal and may be more conveniently located to where you live. There are pros and cons to having your case heard in mayor's court. Consulting with an experienced criminal and DUI attorney who practices in local mayor's courts is critical to obtaining the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.

When you hire me, I will advise you as to whether it is best, based on the facts of the case, to have your case heard in mayor's court, or to transfer the case to Franklin County Municipal Court.

After your first court appearance (arraignment), I will continue to investigate the facts of your case by filing a discovery motion. This is the first step in being able to evaluate possible problems in the government's case and to negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable resolution of your case. If negotiation fails, I will then conduct motion hearings and a trial in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Worthington Mayor's Court

I regularly represent clients facing traffic, DUI, OVI, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, underage drinking, falsification, and other criminal misdemeanor charges in Ohio mayor's courts in municipalities throughout Columbus and Central Ohio, such as Worthington.

Worthington mayor's court is located at 6550 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43805 on the first floor. Their telephone number is 614-786-7351. Mayor's court takes place every Tuesday at 6:00 P.M. On weeks where a holiday occurs on Monday, court is held on Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. Mayor's court parking is located on the north side of the Worthington Municipal Building.

There are some advantages to having your case heard in mayor's court. A hearing in mayor's court is generally more informal and may be more conveniently located to where you live. There are pros and cons to having your case heard in mayor's court. Consulting with an experienced criminal or DUI attorney who practices in local mayor's courts is critical to obtaining the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.

When you hire me, I will advise you as to whether it is best, based on the facts of the case, to have your case heard in mayor's court, or to transfer the case to Franklin County Municipal Court.

After your first court appearance (arraignment), I will continue to investigate the facts of your case by filing a discovery motion. This is the first step in being able to evaluate possible problems in the government's case and to negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable resolution of your case. If negotiation fails, I will then conduct motion hearings and a trial in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Grove City Mayor's Court

I regularly represent clients facing traffic, DUI, OVI, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, underage drinking, falsification, and other criminal misdemeanor charges in Ohio mayor's courts in municipalities throughout Columbus and Central Ohio, such as Grove City.

Grove City mayor's court is located at 3360 Park Street, Grove City, Ohio 43123. Their telephone number is 614-277-1715. Grove City mayor's court hears all misdemeanor offenses that take place in the jurisdiction of the Grove City Division of Police. Exceptions include: second-offense driving under the influence, second-offense driving under DUI suspension and domestic violence cases. Cases are heard each Wednesday.

9:00 A.M. Failure to comply previous court orders

10:00 A.M. Criminal cases and minor traffic arraignments

11:00 A.M. Cases requiring interpreters

1:00 P.M. Pretrial cases

2:30 P.M. Driving under suspension, OVI and major traffic offenses

3:30 P.M. Trial cases

There are some advantages to having your case heard in mayor's court. A hearing in mayor's court is generally more informal and may be more conveniently located to where you live. There are pros and cons to having your case heard in mayor's court. Consulting with an experienced criminal or DUI attorney who practices in local mayor's courts is critical to obtaining the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.

When you hire me, I will advise you as to whether it is best, based on the facts of the case, to have your case heard in mayor's court, or to transfer the case to Franklin County Municipal Court.

After your first court appearance (arraignment), I will continue to investigate the facts of your case by filing a discovery motion. This is the first step in being able to evaluate possible problems in the government's case and to negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable resolution of your case. If negotiation fails, I will then conduct motion hearings and a trial in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.