Marble Cliff is known to most as a small city in Franklin County, Ohio. Marble Cliff is located Northwest of downtown Columbus, between Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights, and Columbus, with a population of about 573, according to the Marble Cliff website.
Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court deals with multiple forms of minor criminal offenses including misdemeanor cases after an investigation by Marble Cliff Police Department.
Mayor Courts are not traditional trials, but were created to be more community oriented. A magistrate, chosen by the mayor, handles the cases.
Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court Lawyer
If an individual was ever detained for a criminal offense in Marble Cliff, Ohio, and are planning for their hearing at Mayor’s Court, it would be in their best interest to seek legal representation. Our attorneys represent clients charged with a range of misdemeanor cases including operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (often called OVI or DUI), petty theft, shoplifting, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court also processes applications for expungement. The application is required to expunge an official record of conviction from the City of Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court as provided for in Section 2953.32 of the Ohio Revised Code.
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Types of Cases Heard in Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court
The Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court are only allowed to hold hearings for particular cases. The following cases you’ll find are:
- Misdemeanor cases including operating a motor vehicles under the influence (OVI)
- Cases involving Traffic Violations;
- Applications for Expungement
Penalties for Crimes Prosecuted in Marble Cliff’s Mayor’s Court
The possible outcomes following a conviction in Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court will depend on how the underlying offense is classified:
- A first degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and fines up to $1,000.
- A second degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines up to $750.
- A third degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and fines up to $500.
- A fourth degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and fines up to $250.
- A minor misdemeanor is not punishable by jail time, but a fine of up to $150 can be imposed.
Court Dates in Marble Cliff
Marble Cliff’s Mayor’s Court is typically held on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Grandview Heights Municipal Building with the first hearing at 8 a.m. Court dates are seldom rescheduled. An experienced attorney can contact the Clerk of Court on your behalf. Attending court is imperative. If you miss court, the court can issue a warrant for your arrest after a failure to appear.
Procedures in the Marble Cliff Courthouse
The first date in the Mayor’s Court in Marble Cliff, Ohio, is called the arraignment. At the arraignment, the sitting magistrate will read the charges pending against you and ask you to enter a plea of either ‘not guilty’, ‘guilty’, or ‘no contest’.
The individual whose been accused of a crime will be given a ‘Basic Rights Form’. The form summarizes the rights of the accused and the options for resolving the case including entering a plea. The form also describes the various pleas including what it means to plead guilty, not contest, or not guilty. The person accused of the crime will also have a chance to speak with the city’s prosecutor prior to the hearing if they are not represented by an attorney.
The hearings run on a first come, first serve basis. Trials are usually held until after all the defendants have entered a plea on a court date scheduled at arraignment.
If you retain an attorney to represent you at the arraignment, then the attorney may be able to waive your appearance and enter the not guilty plea on your behalf so that you do not have to appear in court. After arraignment, the prosecutor’s office will send your attorney the discovery in the case which often includes a list of witnesses and evidence that the prosecutor would use at trial.
Your attorney can review the discovery with you, question the witnesses, help you negotiate the most favorable outcome before trial, or prepare the case for trial. The goal in many of these cases is either minimizing the penalties, fighting for a reduction of the charges, or fighting for an outright dismissal.
The court in Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court does not conduct jury trial or evidentiary hearings. If you wish to contest the case further, then you and your attorney can opt to transfer the case for an evidentiary hearing or a jury trial in either the Franklin County Municipal Court or Licking County Municipal Court, depending on where the offense allegedly occurred.
Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court Location
The Mayor’s Court is located at: Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court 1600 Fernwood Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43212 (614)486-6993
Details on Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court – Visit the official website for the Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court to learn more about what Mayor’s Court is and its hours of operation.
Find an Attorney for Marble Cliff Mayor’s Court in Franklin County, OH
Have you or someone you know been arrested in Marble Cliff, Ohio. If you are planning for a hearing at Mayor’s Court then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.
The attorneys at Joslyn Criminal Defense Law Firm have handled multiple cases in Mayor’s Court hearings throughout Franklin County, Ohio. We also accept cases the counties surrounding Franklin County including Delaware County, Fairfield County, Licking County, Madison County, Pickaway County, and Union County.
If you or someone you know is facing an criminal prosecution in Franklin County, then contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Call (614) 444-1900 for more information and to set up a free consultation with one of the attornes at Joslyn Criminal Defense Law Firm. This article was last updated on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017