Dublin Mayor's Court
This page provides information about criminal offenses and DUI / OVI offenses in the Dublin Mayor’s Court. Before you appear in court, and before you hire a lawyer for a case in the Dublin Mayor’s Court, reading the information on this page and throughout this website will help you educate yourself about your charges, the potential penalties, the possible defenses, the court process, and hiring an attorney.How To Contact The Dublin Mayor’s Court
Address: 6565 Commerce Parkway, Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: (614) 410-4920
Website: Dublin Mayor's Court
The Dublin Mayor’s Court hears first-offense DUI / OVI cases and misdemeanor criminal cases when the alleged offense occurred within the city of Dublin, Ohio. Common types of cases heard in this court include:
- • DUI / OVI
- • Vehicular homicide
- • Vehicular assault
- • Underage drinking
- • Misdemeanor drug offenses
In the Dublin Mayor’s Court, the judicial officer is a magistrate rather than a judge. There are various retired judges and local attorneys that preside over the Mayor’s court as magistrates. The prosecutors in the Dublin Mayor’s Court are attorneys with the law firm of Frost, Brown, Todd. If a case is transferred out of the Dublin Mayor’s Court to the Franklin County Municipal Court, an attorney from Frost, Brown, Todd will continue to be the prosecutor on the case. If a case is transferred out of the Dublin Mayor’s Court to the Delaware County Municipal Court, the prosecutor on the case is from the Delaware City Prosecutor’s Office. Unlike many mayor's courts, Dublin has a full-time probation officer.Misdemeanor Case Court Process
Each case begins with the filing of a complaint (in DUI / OVI cases, the ticket is the complaint). After the complaint or ticket is filed, the first court appearance is an arraignment (usually held on Tuesdays at 5:00). If, however, the case is a DUI / OVI charge, there is a preliminary hearing on the Administrative License Suspension before the arraignment (usually held on Tuesdays at 3:30). At the arraignment, you will be given the options of pleading guilty, pleading no contest, or pleading not guilty. If you plead not guilty, you then exchange evidence with the prosecuting attorney (discovery). The next court appearance is a pretrial hearing (usually held on Tuesdays at 4:00). At the pretrial hearing, the attorneys discuss the case and engage in plea negotiations. If the plea negotiations do not result in a plea agreement, the case is scheduled for a trial. If there were motions filed, the next court appearance (before the trial) is a motion hearing for the magistrate to decide contested legal issues. If there are complex legal issues, the case will likely be transferred to a Municipal Court.
If no agreement has been reached at the pretrial hearing or motion hearing, there will be a trial. In the Dublin Mayor’s Court, there are no jury trials, so the magistrate determines whether your guilt was proven at the trial. If you are found guilty, or if you plead guilty, the final court appearance is a sentence hearing for the magistrate to announce your sentence. The sentence hearing may be a separate hearing, or it may be combined with one of the other hearings.Transferring A Case Out Of The Dublin Mayor’s Court
In Ohio, you have the right to have your case heard in a ‘court of record’, and the Dublin Mayor’s Court is not a ‘court of record’. That means you can transfer your case to a ‘court of record’ if you choose. You also have the right to appeal the decision in the Dublin Mayor’s Court. If you appeal, the case starts over in a Municipal Court.
If your alleged offense occurred in Franklin County, your case will be transferred to the Franklin County Municipal Court. If your alleged offense occurred in Delaware County, your case will be transferred to the Delaware County Municipal Court. Whether you should transfer your case to a Municipal Court is an important decision, and it would be helpful to speak with an experienced attorney before making that decision.Attorney For Cases In The Dublin Mayor’s Court
Our practice is focused on DUI / OVI defense and criminal defense, and we regularly represent clients in the Dublin Mayor’s Court. For more information about us, please see our profile, and for more details about our practice, please see the firm overview. You can also see what clients say and review our past case results. We limit the number of cases we accept so we can provide personal service to our clients. Our fees are on the high end, but the initial phone consultation is free. If you would like to discuss how we can help with your case in the Dublin Mayor’s Court, EMAIL or call us at 614-717-1177 to arrange a free phone consultation.