The defense you need against marijuana charges in Columbus, OH, in a mayor’s court or traditional hearing is available with John H. Bates, Attorney At Law. I will also provide steadfast representation when you’re accused of possession, DUI, or traffic offenses, as well as other criminal misdemeanor charges.
Drug convictions can have very negative consequences on your future. Thanks to my experience helping clients facing charges from being caught with drug paraphernalia, for example, I put the system to work for you, not against you. I work with you and the prosecutor to ensure the case has as little impact as possible regardless if you are a university or college student or in the workforce.
The Mayor’s Court Process
Ohio and Louisiana are the only states that have mayor’s courts. In these courts, mayors of municipal corporations of more than 100 residents with no civil court can hear cases of traffic and criminal ordinances, such as possession of marijuana. The cases are heard by the mayor or a magistrate appointed by the mayor. If a magistrate is appointed, he or she must be a lawyer, but Ohio law doesn’t require a mayor who hears cases to be an attorney.
Mayor’s courts are not “courts of record” and cannot conduct jury trials. If you would like a jury trial, the case must be transferred to a local county municipal court. You can transfer your case at any time for any reason and appeal a conviction in a mayor’s court to a municipal court.
The advantages of mayor’s courts are that they tend to be less formal than regular courts, may have evening hours, and are held in convenient locations. As an experienced mayor’s court lawyer, I will advise you whether you should choose this venue or traditional court based on the facts of your case. Following your first court appearance, I will continue to dig into your case by filing a discovery motion to evaluate possible problems in the case against you and negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable resolution on your behalf. If that fails, I will conduct motion hearings and a trial and attempt to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
Let’s Look at the Courts Where I Represent Clients
Grandview Heights (including Ohio State University)
This court convenes on the second and fourth Tuesday at 1:00 P.M. in City Hall, 1016 Grandview Avenue, Grandview Heights. The prosecutor brings charges for the city and may recommend fines, penalties, or sentencing. If a case is not disposed of in arraignment, the prosecutor will try the case on behalf of the city.
This is held every Wednesday, and the staff is available at 7:30 A.M. for defendants to sign in. The offices are located in the Joint Safety Services Building at 5171 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard. The court is held in the hearing room.
Bexley (including Capital University)
Bexley City Hall is located at 2242 East Main Street. Court convenes at 9:00 A.M. on alternating Thursdays. A magistrate presides over arraignments, pre-trials, probation revocation hearings, and financial hearings.
Located at 7232 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg. Domestic violence charges, menacing by stalking, and protection order violations are excluded from the court’s jurisdiction. Court starts at 9:00 A.M. each Thursday, excluding holidays.
Gahanna mayor’s court, 200 South Hamilton Road, sits at 9 A.M. every Thursday for misdemeanors in the jurisdiction of the Gahanna Police Division, except for the second-offense DUI, second-offense driving under DUI suspension, or FRA (Financial Responsibility) suspension. Also, domestic violence cases are excluded from the court’s jurisdiction.
Westerville (including Otterbein University)
This court is located at 21 South State Street, Westerville. The court is scheduled every Wednesday. Pre-trials and criminal arraignments are heard at 9:00 A.M., and trials are held at 10:00 A.M.
The Worthington mayor’s court is located on the first floor at 6550 North High Street, Worthington. The court sits Tuesdays at 6:00 P.M. On weeks with a holiday Monday, the court is held on Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. Parking is located on the north side of the Worthington Municipal Building.
This court hears cases on Wednesdays at 3360 Park Street. The court hears all criminal misdemeanor offenses in the jurisdiction of the Grove City Division of Police. Exceptions include second-offense DUI, second-offense driving under DUI suspension, and domestic violence cases.
9:00 A.M. Failure to comply with previous court orders
10:00 A.M. Criminal cases and minor traffic arraignments
11:00 A.M. Cases requiring interpreters
1:00 P.M. Pre-trial cases
2:30 P.M. Driving under suspension, OVI, and major traffic offenses
3:30 P.M. Trial cases