GROVEPORT MAYOR’S COURT
DUI, CRIMINAL & TRAFFIC LAWYER
FAQS ABOUT THE GROVEPORT MAYOR’S COURT
WHAT KIND OF CASES DOES YOUR LAW FIRM HANDLE IN THE GROVEPORT MAYOR’S COURT?
The Groveport Mayor’s Court has jurisdiction to hear any violation of the Groveport Municipal Ordinances and over all moving violations that occur on state highways within Groveport’s city boundaries. Our firm handles any and all criminal or traffic charges brought in the Groveport Mayor’s Court.
CAN I HAVE A JURY TRIAL IN THE GROVEPORT MAYOR’S COURT?
No. Under Ohio law, the Groveport Mayor’s Court is not a “court of record”, which means that it is not authorized to conduct jury trials. If you want a jury to hear your case, we can help you to transfer the case to the Franklin County Municipal Court, where they can convene a jury.
I THINK I WAS WRONGLY CHARGED. SHOULD JUST GO IN AND PLEAD “NO CONTEST?”
No. If you have been charged with a traffic or criminal offense in Groveport and you want to fight your charge, do NOT plead no contest. In almost every case, if you plead no contest, the judge will find you guilty almost immediately thereafter.
If you would like more information, take a look at our article “Should I Just Plead “No Contest?”. Or give us a call and we can give you specific advice given the details of your case.
IF I DON’T LIKE THE RESULT I RECEIVED IN THE GROVEPORT MAYOR’S COURT, CAN I APPEAL?
Yes. If you plead guilty in the Groveport Mayor’s Court and change your mind, you have 10 days from the date of your plea to appeal the case to the Franklin County Municipal Court.
At that point, your case essentially starts over. But it is very important to that appeal within 10 days or contact an attorney to help with the appeal. If you do not appeal within 10 days, you are probably stuck with your guilty plea and the consequences.
DO I HAVE TO HAVE MY CASE HEARD IN THE GROVEPORT MAYOR’S COURT?
No. In fact, you can opt to transfer or appeal your case to the Franklin County Municipal Court at any time for any reason. Usually, whether you should have your case heard in the Groveport Mayor’s Court or transfer the case to the Franklin County Municipal Court is a strategic decision we can discuss with you.
There are both pros and cons to having your case heard in the Groveport Mayor’s Court, depending on your specific situation. For example, a hearing in a mayor’s court is generally more informal and may be more conveniently located for you, depending on where you live and/or work. There may be other strategic advantages to one court over another, which we can discuss depending on the facts of your specific case.
IF I HIRE YOUR FIRM AS MY LAWYER FOR MY GROVEPORT DUI CASE, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
First, we will have an initial free consultation either by phone or in person. At that meeting, we will take a preliminary look at your case and potential defenses that might be available to you. You can then decide whether or not you want us as your lawyer. That first meeting is always at no cost to you.
If you do decide to hire us, we will arrange to appear on your behalf at your initial court appearance in Groveport (which is called your “arraignment”). Depending on the type of case, we will start preliminary negotiations with the Groveport prosecutor and begin gathering evidence in support of your defense.
For example, if you have been charged with an OVI, we will review the police cruiser video any other video from the Groveport police, the police report and any other evidence the prosecutor has gathered against you. We will evaluate possible flaws in the prosecution’s case and continue to negotiate for a favorable resolution of your case.
These negotiations include the best possible options for reinstatement of your driver’s license and/or driving privileges. If negotiations fail, we will conduct motion hearings and a trial as necessary to ensure the best possible outcome.
I WANT A FREE CONSULTATION – WHO SHOULD I CALL?
To schedule your free initial consultation or to ask us any questions about possible issues regarding your Groveport Mayor’s Court case, call us at 614-361-2804. We are available during regular business hours as well as for emergency and last minute questions after hours, on evenings, weekends, and on holidays.
WHERE IS THE GROVEPORT MAYOR’S COURT?
The Groveport Mayor’s Court is located at 655 Blacklick Street in Groveport, Ohio. If you need directions, click on the map below.