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 Morrow Police Department or Warren County Sheriff can cite first time offenders into the Morrow 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 Morrow 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 Morrow 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.
Morrow Mayor’s Court is located at 150 E. Pike Street, Morrow, Ohio 45152. The Court shares space with the police department, fire department, and Village Council. The Court is in session every other Thursday at 5:00 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.morrowpolice.com/mayor’s%20court.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