Loveland, the home of Salmon P. Chase and Jerry Springer, is one of many Ohio municipalities that has created a Mayor’s Court. This Court hears traffic cases, OVI (or DUI), driving under suspension (DUS), and other misdemeanors. Mayor’s Courts are presided over by a Magistrate.
The Loveland Police Department and the Clermont County Sheriff can cite first time offenders into the Loveland Mayor’s Court. Because Mayor’s Courts are not courts of record, a Defendant has the automatic right to appeal the case, regardless of the result. If a Defendant is not pleased with how their case turned out at the Mayor’s Court, the case can start over in the Clermont County Court. As Marty Hubbell says, “It is like getting two bites at the apple, which can be a great advantage to the defense.”
When charged with an offense in Loveland Mayor’s Court, it is especially important to retain a local lawyer who has experience working in these unique types of Courts. Because of the unofficial nature of Mayor’s Courts, the procedures and practical approaches to the case can vary greatly.
Loveland Mayor’s Court is conducted every first and third Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Loveland City Hall Building, 120 West Loveland Avenue, Loveland, Ohio 45140. Your court date will be listed on your ticket or subpoena. Further information can be obtained at Loveland’s website:
Gabe Moorman is an associate in the law firm of Diehl & Hubbell, LLC (www.DiehlHubbell.com). He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law and former President of the Intellectual Property Legal Society. Mr. Moorman is a practicing criminal defense attorney in Southwest, Ohio. He can be reached at (513) 932-2121 or at GMoorman@DiehlHubbell.com.