DUI / OVI & TRAFFIC ATTORNEY

SERVING BEXLEY, OHIO  

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When faced with a DUI, traffic, speeding or other criminal charge in Bexley, contacting an experienced attorney practicing in the Bexley Mayor’s Court is essential.  A variety of defenses may be available that you and your attorney should consider.  

Bexley has been in the local news lately for the initiative recently considered by their city council to install speed cameras throughout the city.  The city predicted that the speed cameras would result in nearly $1 million in additional fines and costs revenue from speeding drivers.  Although the speed camera proposal ultimately faced opposition and has not been implemented, the proposal does demonstrate that when it comes to speeding, the City of Bexley means business. 

If you are facing a traffic, speeding, OVI or criminal charge in Bexley or around Capital University, it is important to consult with an attorney regarding the details of your case.  For example, if you are facing an OVI in Bexley:

  • Did the arresting officer properly follow all of the proper protocols?  
  • Did the officer issued all required warnings?
  • Did the officer properly administer all of the roadside field sobriety tests?
  • Did the officer perform the search, tests and arrest lawfully?  

Discussing these and other questions with your attorney is critical to achieve the best outcome given the facts of your case.

At Riddell Law, we regularly represent clients faced with OVI, traffic, speeding and other criminal charges in jury trials, bench trials and motion hearings throughout Central Ohio.   We have represented clients facing drunk driving, traffic and criminal charges in nearly all of the municipalities around Columbus, including in Bexley Mayor’s Court, in cases ranging from speeding to first-time 1st offense OVI offenses to repeat drunk driving offenses as well as felony DUI cases that can carry significant penalties, including jail or prison time.

BEXLEY, OHIO MAYOR’S COURT  

If you have been charged with a DUI / OVI, traffic, speeding offense or other criminal charge in Bexley, Ohio, your case may be filed in the Bexley Mayor’s Court.  The Bexley Mayor’s Court hears traffic cases and other misdemeanor charges that occurred in Bexley, including DUI / OVI cases.  

The Administrator of the Bexley Mayor’s Court is Mayor Ben Kessler.  Jason Dolin serves as the Magistrate of the Mayor’s Court and the Mayor appoints the Clerk of Court, Ruby Arnold.  The Bexley Mayor’s Court is in session on alternating Thursdays beginning at 9:00 AM.

Ohio Mayor’s Courts, including the Bexley Mayor’s Court, are not courts of record and are not authorized to conduct jury trials.  However, if a defendant charged with a DUI, speeding or other misdemeanor offense in Bexley would like a jury to hear his or her case, then your attorney can assist you with transferring the case to the Franklin County Municipal Court.  

In fact, a defendant can opt to transfer his or her case to the Franklin County Municipal Court at any time for any reason.  Further, if a defendant is convicted in the Bexley Mayor’s Court, he or she may appeal their conviction to the Franklin County Municipal Court.

There may be some advantages, however, to having your case heard in the Mayor’s Court.  For example, a hearing in mayor’s court is generally more informal and may be more conveniently located than the Franklin County Municipal Court.

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 Ohio OVI, traffic or criminal defense attorney on this issue is critical to ensure the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.

Typically, if you hire Riddell Law as your attorney, we will consult with you and advise whether it is best based on the facts of your case to have your case heard in the Bexley Mayor’s Court, or to transfer the case to the Franklin County Municipal Court.

Once we make this decision, Mr. Riddell will likely arrange it so that you do not have to appear in court for your first court date.  He will handle it for you.  This way, you do not have to worry about taking off work or otherwise arranging your schedule to go to court.  After that first court appearance (which is called your “arraignment”), Mr. Riddell will continue to gather information about the facts of your case, evaluate possible flaws in the prosecution’s case, and negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable resolution of your case.  If negotiations fail, we will conduct motion hearings and a trial as necessary to ensure the best possible outcome.

 To begin the process and discuss representation for your Bexley, Ohio DUI / OVI, speeding, traffic or criminal charge, call 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.  

The Bexley Mayor’s Court is located at 2242 E. Main Street in Bexley, Ohio. 


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