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Many misdemeanor and traffic offenses in Ohio are handled in local Mayor’s Courts, however a misdemeanor or traffic case could also be filed in a municipal court. A Mayor’s Court decision can also be appealed to a municipal court.
A municipal court has limited jurisdiction that only allows it to hear misdemeanor and traffic offenses, but preliminary hearings may be held in some felony cases. Unlike misdemeanors heard in Mayor’s Court, an alleged offender who has a case in a municipal court can have his or case decided by a jury.
If you are scheduled to appear in a municipal court in Columbus because of an alleged traffic violation or misdemeanor crimes, having skilled legal counsel can help give you the best chance at obtaining the most favorable outcome. Joslyn Law Firm represents clients in Franklin County.
Ohio municipal court attorney Brian Joslyn has been recognized by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys as one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Ohio, and the National Trial Lawyers named him one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the entire country. Call (614) 444-1900 right now to schedule a free, confidential consultation that will allow our firm to review your case.
Depending on the size of the municipality in which the court is based, the municipal court could have multiple divisions for certain cases. In general, a municipal court typically handles civil cases with less than $15,000 at issue and civil and criminal actions relating to housing and/or environmental issues.
These courts also handle traffic offenses and misdemeanors that may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Originally created in 1916 as the Columbus Municipal Court, the court was given countywide jurisdiction in 1955 and renamed in 1968. It has two judicial divisions: The General Division and the Environmental Division.Franklin County Municipal Court
Municipal court judges are elected to six-year terms and they are required to have at least six years of experience practicing law. In misdemeanor cases, alleged offenders have the right to a trial by jury of eight people, all of whom have to agree on a verdict of guilty or not guilty.
Municipal courts typically handle appeals from Mayor’s Courts. If an alleged offender disagrees with the decision of a municipal court or feels there was some kind of error committed in the handling of his or her case, then he or she can appeal the case to his or her respective district court of appeals.
Ohio is divided into 12 appellate districts by Ohio Constitution Article IV § 3 and Ohio Revised Code § 2501.01. Franklin County is in the Tenth District.
Do you or your loved one have an upcoming hearing in a municipal court in Franklin County? Make sure that you have legal representation who is experienced with handling cases in these settings.
Brian Joslyn of Joslyn Law Firm fights to protect the rights of clients in the greater Columbus area, including Westerville, Dublin, Upper Arlington, Grove City, Reynoldsburg, Gahanna, and many other surrounding communities. You can have our Ohio municipal courts attorney review your case by calling (614) 444-1900 today to take advantage of a free consultation.