By Marty Hubbell
Some Ohio municipalities have created Mayor’s Courts, as authorized by the Ohio Revised Code. These Courts hear traffic cases, OVI (or DUI), DUS, and other misdemeanors.
The Hamilton Township Police Department or Warren County Sheriff can cite first time offenders into the Maineville, Ohio Mayor’s Court. Mayor’s Courts are not courts of record, and a Defendant has the automatic right to appeal the case, regardless of the result. If a Defendant is not pleased with how the case was resolved in Maineville Mayor’s Court, the case can start over in the Warren County Court. It is like getting two bites at the apple, which can be a great advantage to the defense.
When charged with an offense in Maineville Mayor’s Court, it is especially important to retain a local attorney who has experience working in these types of Courts. Because these Courts are not official, the procedures and formalities can vary greatly, especially compared to County or Municipal Courts.
Maineville Mayor’s Court is located at the Village Administration Building, 8188 S. State Route 48, Maineville, Ohio 45039. Court is held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to check your ticket to ensure the proper date and time to appear in Court. Further information can be obtained at the following website: http://www.mainevilleoh.com/Court.htm
Marty Hubbell is a partner in the law firm of Diehl & Hubbell, LLC (www.DiehlHubbell.com), and has been practicing criminal defense law in Warren County, Ohio for ten years. He has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer, and is a part-time Magistrate for the City of Lebanon, Ohio. He can be reached at (513) 932-2121 or MHubbell@DiehlHubbell.com