Ohio Mayor's Court Attorney
Each county in Ohio has at least one felony court and one misdemeanor court. Within each county, many municipalities have mayor's courts. Whether you end up in a mayor's court, a municipal/county court, or a common pleas court depends on the type of charge you have received. Navigating the different rules and procedures required by these courts and their distinct procedures can be extremely difficult even for an individual well-acquainted with the court system.
Brandon E. Shroy is licensed to practice law in any area in the State of Ohio, and frequently appears in each of Franklin County's 17 Mayor's Courts in addition to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, the Franklin County Municipal Court, and respective courthouses in Delaware, Madison, Pickaway, Fairfield, Union and Licking County.
Whether you have received a citation for an improper stop or were arrested for an OVI, Brandon can walk you through each step of the process and work with you to ensure you get the best possible outcome in any one of Franklin County's Mayor's Courts.
Frequently asked questions:
1) Why am I in a Mayor's Court?
All municipalities with at least 200 citizens have the option to establish a Mayor's Court, and where your case ends up is at the discretion of the citing officer. Mayor's Courts concern some legal watchdogs as there is incentive to impose higher fines and penalties to bolster the community's coffers. Defendants benefit from their cases beginning in Mayor's Court as it is possible to "pick your venue". Your attorney can transfer your case out of the Mayor's Court if it is a better option. Make sure you have an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows where your case should be.
2) How are Mayor's Courts different than Municipal Courts?
Jury trials are not possible in Mayor's Courts - you do not have the right to request your trial be heard by a panel of Jurors. Additionally, they are not "courts of record," meaning the proceedings of court are not recorded by a court stenographer or a video/audio recording system. Finally, Mayors do not have to have any legal education or training to preside over their respective court, whereas all county Judges are required to have a law degree.
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