Dublin Mayor's Court
The Dominy Law Firm is a firm of criminal defense lawyers representing clients in the Dublin Mayor’s Court for criminal offenses and DUI / OVI offenses, and this page provides information about that 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, and the court process.
How To Get More Information About The Dublin Mayor’s Court
Address: 6565 Commerce Parkway, Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: (614) 410-4920
Website: Dublin Mayor’s Court
Cases Heard In The 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:
• Domestic Violence
• Drug Crimes (misdemeanor)
• Underage drinking
Judges And Prosecutors In The Dublin Mayor’s Court
In the Dublin Mayor’s Court, the judicial officer is a magistrate rather than a judge. There are various retired judges and local attorneys who 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, the prosecutor depends on the court where the case is transferred. If the case is transferred 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 to the Delaware County Municipal Court, the prosecutor is from the Delaware City Prosecutor’s Office. If a case is transferred to the Marysville Municipal Court, the prosecutor is the Marysville Law Director.
Court Process In The Dublin Mayor’s Court
Each case begins with the filing of a complaint (in DUI / OVI cases, the complaint is the traffic ticket). After the complaint 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 1:30). 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, you or your attorney discusses the case with the prosecutor 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 transfer the case or appeal, the case starts over in a Municipal Court. The Municipal Court which then hears your case depends on the county where the alleged offense occurred: either the Franklin County Municipal Court, the Delaware Municipal Court, or the Marysville 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.
Attorneys For Cases In The Dublin Mayor’s Court
Before you go to the first court appearance, it is beneficial to decide whether you will plead guilty or contest the case. It is also wise to decide whether you will hire an attorney to represent you. If you decide to hire a lawyer, we suggest doing some research to find a lawyer with expertise in your type of case and experience in the Dublin Mayor’s Court.
The Dominy Law Firm has expertise in DUI / OVI cases and criminal cases, and we have experience in the Dublin Mayor’s Court. For more information on our firm, please see the About Us page of this site. You can also see our case results and client reviews on this site. If you would like to discuss how we can help with your case in the Dublin Mayor’s Court, please submit a CONTACT FORM OR call us at 614-717-1177 to arrange a free phone consultation.