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 Moraine Police Department or Montgomery County Sheriff can cite first time offenders into the Moraine, 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 Moraine Mayor’s Court, the case can start over in the Montgomery County court system. It is like getting two bites at the apple, which can be a great advantage to the defense.
When charged with an offense in Moraine 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.
Moraine Mayor’s Court is located at 4200 Dryden Road, Moraine, Ohio, 45439. The Court is in session every Wednesday beginning at 1:30 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 due to time conflicts.
Further information can be obtained at the following website: http://www.ci.moraine.oh.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=87&Itemid=112
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 and Montgomery County, Ohio for ten years. He has been named an Ohio SuperLawyer, and is a part-time Magistrate for the City of Lebanon, Ohio. He can be reached at (513) 932-2121 or MHubbell@DiehlHubbell.com