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Many criminal charges in Dublin, Ohio, are filed in the city’s Mayor’s Court. While this court conducts trials, it is important for alleged offenders to understand that these are not traditional jury trials heard by members of the community.
Rather, certain cases are heard and decided by a magistrate (essentially a less powerful judge handling cases involving smaller offenses) who has been appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council. All alleged offenders with cases in the Mayor’s Court have the right to transfer their cases to a municipal court, but it can be beneficial to have certain cases in heard in the Mayor’s Court, depending on the specific charges and other aspects of the case.
Dublin Mayor’s Court Lawyer
If you were arrested for a criminal offense in Dublin, Ohio, and are preparing for a hearing in the city’s Mayor’s Court, you have the right to legal representation. Joslyn Law Firm represents clients all over Ohio who have cases in Dublin, and our firm fights to get charges reduced or dismissed.
Our Dublin Mayor’s Court attorney understands the best way to handle cases in these courts and will develop the strongest possible defense in order to achieve the most favorable outcome to your case. At Joslyn Law Firm, we know the Dublin Mayor’s Court because we practice there, fighting for the rights of people accused of OVI, assault, traffic offenses and other misdemeanors.
Let us review your case by calling (614) 444-1900 right now to schedule a free consultation. Our five attorneys are available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day to discuss matters with people who are not yet our clients. For our clients, we answer texts, emails and phone calls at all hours on weekdays, weekends and holidays. Our personal touch, along with our dedication to our clients and our skills in defending them set us apart.
Types of Cases Heard in Dublin Mayor’s Court
Only certain kinds of arrests can be heard in the Mayor’s Court. These include the following types of charges filed in Dublin:
- Operating Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (OVI) — These cases may involve alleged offenders who have been charged with OVI under Ohio Revised Code § 4511.19 or Dublin City Code § 73.01. It also includes minors under the age of 21 who have been charged with OVI under the same statutes.
- Traffic Violations — These may include citations for speeding, failure to stop for a school bus, right-of-way violations, driving upon closed or divided roadways, and other offenses listed under Chapter 72 of the Dublin City Code.
- Misdemeanors — The court may hear minor misdemeanors (public gaming, disorderly conduct, vehicle trespass), fourth-degree misdemeanors (criminal trespass, curfew for minors, public indecency), third-degree misdemeanors (unlawful restraint, negligent assault, sexual imposition), second-degree misdemeanors (coercion, dereliction of duty, possessing drug abuse instruments), and first-degree misdemeanors (carrying concealed weapons, certain petty theft offenses, negligent homicide).
Dublin Mayor’s Court Processes
Every case begins with a complaint. In a DUI, the ticket is the complaint. After a person has been arrested or cited in Dublin, the charges are processed by the Mayor’s Court Clerk and placed on the arraignment docket. Certain tickets require court appearances while others may be paid in person, online, or over the phone. Remember that paying any fine without a hearing is essentially an admission of guilt.
Arraignments are usually held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. Whether an arraignment appearance is required or not, it may be beneficial for an alleged offender to attend and plead not guilty in order to have his or her lawyer attempt to seek reduced charges. If a plea agreement cannot be negotiated, the case will be scheduled for a trial. The alleged offender also reserves the right to have the case transferred to Franklin County Municipal Court if he or she desires a trial by jury.
The next appearance is a pretrial hearing, which the Dublin court typically has at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays. At this hearing, the attorneys will discuss the case and engage in plea negotiations. After that, the next appearance is a motions hearing, where a magistrate will hear any motions that have been filed. If issues are particularly complex, the matter goes to Municipal Court.
At a trial in the Mayor’s Court, the prosecution presents its case first and usually calls the arresting officer as its one witness. The alleged offender has the opportunity to question any witnesses and also present any of his or her own witnesses and evidence.
The alleged offender can also present certain forms of physical evidence with court approval. The court will not accept affidavits or written statements from in lieu of witness appearances.
After both sides have presented their cases, the Mayor’s Court will render a judgment. If the alleged offender is convicted, he or she has a limited amount of time to appeal to the Franklin County Municipal Court.
Offenses in Dublin City Code
In addition to offenses found in federal and Ohio statutes, the Dublin City Code of Ordinances has a range of misdemeanors. Most of them are found in Title XIII of the Code. The offenses are misdemeanors and may be tried in the Mayor’s Court.
Some of these offenses include:
- Criminal Damaging and Vehicular Vandalism (Dublin City Code § 131.04);
- Criminal Mischief (Dublin City Code § 131.05);
- Criminal Trespass (Dublin City Code § 131.06);
- Petty Theft (Dublin City Code § 131.15);
- Vehicle Trespass (Dublin City Code § 131.16);
- Misuse of Credit Cards (Dublin City Code § 131.20);
- Receiving Stolen Property (Dublin City Code § 131.27);
- Curfew Violations (Dublin City Code § 132.08);
- Public Indecency (Dublin City Code § 133.05);
- Soliciting (Dublin City Code § 133.09);
- Gambling Offenses (Dublin City Code Chapter 134);
- Vehicular Homicide (Dublin City Code § 135.02);
- Assault (Dublin City Code § 135.03);
- Endangering Children (Dublin City Code § 135.08);
- Telecommunications Harassment (Dublin City Code § 135.11);
- Domestic Violence (Dublin City Code § 135.15);
- Resisting Arrest (Dublin City Code § 136.08);
- Carrying Concealed Weapons (Dublin City Code § 137.02);
- Using Weapons While Intoxicated (Dublin City Code § 137.03);
- Drug Possession (Dublin City Code § 138.03); and
- Drug Paraphernalia (Dublin City Code § 138.11).
Dublin Mayor’s Court Penalties
The possible consequences of a conviction in the Mayor’s Court depend on the classification of the offense with which the alleged offender has been charged. The maximum penalties for each level of misdemeanor are as follows:
- Minor Misdemeanor — Fine of up to $150;
- Fourth-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to 30 days in jail and fine of up to $250;
- Third-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to 60 days in jail and fine of up to $500;
- Second-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to 90 days in jail and fine of up to $750; and
- First-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to 180 days in jail and fine of up to $1,000.
Keep in mind that OVI convictions also carry additional penalties such as driver’s license suspension and possible mandatory driver’s intervention program attendance and possible restricted license plates, depending on the specific circumstances of the alleged violation.
Dublin Mayor’s Court Location and Staff
The Mayor’s Court is located at:Dublin Justice Center
6565 Commerce Parkway
Dublin, Ohio 43017
Some of the notable Mayor’s Court staff include:
- Primary Magistrate — Joel R. Campbell
- Secondary/Backup Magistrate — Sean H. Maxfield
- Prosecutor — Martin C. Nobile (614) 559-7205
- Prosecutor — Stephen Smith (614) 559-7258
- Criminal Justice Officer — Kristen Plieninger (614) 410-4910
- Court Clerk — Janice Speicher
- Court Administrator — Lisa Wilson
Frequently Asked Questions About Dublin Mayor’s Court
I’m guilty. Why not just pay my fine and get it over with?
A lawyer can always work to get your charges dismissed or have your penalty reduced with a plea negotiation. At Joslyn Law Firm, we know the prosecutors and magistrates, and have been successful in having these charges reduced. You should also never assume you are guilty. Let a lawyer fully evaluate your case.
Do I need to hire an attorney for Mayor’s Court?
Contrary to what many think, you are not provided with legal counsel in Mayor’s Court. There are no public defenders. Attempting to represent yourself is always a bad idea. Even attorneys do not represent themselves.
Can I get a jury trial in Mayor’s Court?
You cannot get a jury trial in mayor’s court. However, you can transfer your case to Municipal Court for any reason, including if you want a jury trial.
Finding a Lawyer for Mayor’s Court in Dublin, Ohio
Were you recently arrested in Dublin, Ohio, and are now preparing for a hearing at the Mayor’s Court? You should know that you have the right to legal counsel throughout this process.
Joslyn Law Firm understands the tremendous confusion that many people have when dealing with hearings and trials at the Mayor’s Court, but we help clients understand their rights and aggressively defend them against all charges. Call (614) 444-1900 today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation that will allow our Dublin Mayor’s Court attorney to provide an honest and complete evaluation of your own case.
This article was last updated on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.