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 Monroe Police Department or Sheriff’s department can cite first time offenders into the Monroe, 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 Monroe Mayor’s Court, the case can start over in the Butler County Area Court system or the Warren County Court, depending upon where the offense is alleged to have occurred. It is like getting two bites at the apple, which can be a great advantage to the defense.
When charged with an offense in Monroe 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.
Monroe Mayor’s Court is located at the City of Monroe Urban Center, 233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio 45050. Court is in session on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Further information can be obtained at the following website: http://www.monroeohio.org/departments/mayors-court
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