GROVE CITY MAYOR’S COURT
DUI / OVI & TRAFFIC ATTORNEY
If you were pulled over in Grove City and charged with a traffic or criminal offense, there is a good chance your case will be filed in the Grove City Mayor’s Court. Where the officer files your case will depend usually on where you were pulled over and who pulled you over (Grove City police, Columbus police or Ohio Highway Patrol).
WHAT IS THE GROVE CITY MAYOR’S COURT?
Ohio mayor’s courts are unique entities to Ohio. Basically, most townships and municipalities in Ohio have their own small courthouses. These smaller courts deal only with traffic tickets and criminal misdemeanor offenses (including first offense DUI charges) that happen within their city or municipal limits. In Grove City, your case will be heard by a magistrate appointed by the mayor.
SHOULD I HIRE A LAWYER FOR MY GROVE CITY DUI?
When faced with a DUI, traffic, speeding or other criminal charge in Grove City, contacting an experienced attorney can be very helpful. Even if you don’t decide to hire a lawyer in the end, just talking to a lawyer can help give you a better understanding of the possible penalties you could face and what you can expect if you try to go it alone.
IF I HIRE YOUR FIRM TO HELP WITH MY GROVE CITY DUI, WHAT WILL YOU DO FOR ME?
First, we will have an initial FREE consultation–either on the phone or in person. At this meeting, we will take a preliminary look at your case and see what kind of options you are facing. We will talk more about the specifics of how we can help with your DUI or criminal charge and then you can decide if you want to his us.
If you do decide to hire us, we will get to work right away. We will make arrangements to appear on your behalf at your initial court appearance (called an “arraignment”). Also, we will work on getting you driving privileges or a stay of your administrative license suspension.
We will talk to the Grove City prosecutor’s office and get all of the documents the police and the prosecutor plan to use against you in court. In the case of a Grove City DUI, we will examine the police report, any cruiser videos and all other documents to determine whether the arresting officer properly followed all of the proper steps in stopping you and citing and/or arresting you. For example, we will examine whether the officer issued all required warnings, properly administered all of the roadside field sobriety tests, and performed any search, tests and/or arrest lawfully.
I HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A DUI IN GROVE CITY. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
We have put together a short video explaining the procedure you can expect your DUI case to follow in the Grove City Mayor’s Court. Please see below to view the video.
HOW MUCH IS GETTING A LAWYER GOING TO COST ME?
At Riddell Law, we offer transparent and affordable flat fee pricing. In our first discussion (either on the phone or in person), we will let you know exactly how much your legal representation will cost — with no hidden fees or costs. The exact amount of your legal fee will depend on the facts and circumstances of your specific case.
CAN I HAVE A JURY TRIAL IN THE GROVE CITY MAYOR’S COURT?
No. Ohio mayor’s courts are not courts of record and are not authorized to conduct jury trials. However, if you are charged with a DUI or criminal offense in Grove City and want a jury trial, you have the right to transfer your case to the Franklin County Municipal Court.
IF I PLED GUILTY IN THE GROVE CITY MAYOR’S COURT AND CHANGED MY MIND, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you pled guilty to a DUI or other criminal offense in the mayor’s court and later changed your mind, you can appeal your conviction to the Franklin County Municipal Court. BUT – you only have TEN days to appeal. If you do not appeal your conviction within 10 days, you are probably out of luck (but you should talk to a lawyer about the specifics of your situation).
I WOULD RATHER HAVE MY CASE HEARD IN COLUMBUS. CAN I TRANSFER MY CASE?
Yes. You have the right to transfer your mayor’s court case to the Franklin County Municipal Court at any time for any reason.
However, there may be some advantages, to having your case heard in the Grove City Mayor’s Court. For example, a hearing in a mayor’s court is generally more informal and may be more conveniently located near your home or work than the Franklin County Municipal Court.
There may also be strategic advantages to having your case heard in Grove City. There are both pros and cons to having your case heard in the the Mayor’s Court, depending on your specific situation. Consulting with an experienced DUI, traffic or criminal defense attorney on this issue is critical to ensure the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.
WHERE IS THE GROVE CITY MAYOR’S COURT?
The mayor’s court is located at 3360 Park Street in downtown Grove City, Ohio. The Grove City Mayor’s Court is presided over by a Mayor-appointed magistrate, and is in session from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. Our attorneys practice regularly in the Grove City Mayor’s Court representing our clients facing DUI / OVI, traffic, speeding and other criminal misdemeanor charges.
Grove City Mayor’s Court
I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT MY GROVE CITY MAYOR’S COURT CASE. WHO SHOULD I CALL?
To begin the process and discuss representation for your Grove City Mayor’s Court DUI / OVI, speeding, traffic or criminal charge, call Grove City Defense Attorney Doug Riddell directly at 614-361-2804. Because we know DUI and criminal charges rarely happen during 9:00-5:00 working hours, we are there to take your call after hours, on evenings, weekends, and holidays.
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