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 Waynesville Police Department or Warren County Sheriff can cite first time offenders into the Waynesville 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 Waynesville 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 Waynesville 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.
Waynesville Mayor’s Court is located at 1400 Lytle Road, Waynesville, Ohio, 45068. The Court shares space with the all other Village offices. The Court is in session on the Second and Fourth Monday’s of every month, at 5:30 p.m. Be sure to check your ticket to ensure the proper date and time, as the Court has been known to change regular hours following long weekends. This can also be the case following the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival or the nearby Hill Climb in Oregonia, Ohio.
Further information can be obtained at the following website: http://www.waynesville-ohio.org/mayor’s_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 is a 1992 graduate of Waynesville High School, a 4-time State Swimming Champion, and a member of the Waynesville Athletic Hall of Fame.
Marty 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