Hilliard Mayor's Court
The Dominy Law Firm is a firm of criminal defense lawyers representing clients in the Hilliard Mayor’s Court for DUI / OVI offenses and criminal offenses. This page provides you with valuable information about those types of cases in that court. Before you appear at your first hearing, and before you hire a lawyer for a case in the Hilliard Mayor’s Court, reviewing the information on this page and in this website will aid you in educating yourself about the offenses you’re charged with, the penalties, the defenses, the court system, and hiring an attorney.
Court Contact Information
Address: 5171 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: (614) 334-2348
Website: Hilliard Mayor’s Court
Cases Heard In The Mayor’s Court Of Hilliard, Ohio
The Mayor’s Court hears DUI / OVI cases (first offenses only) and misdemeanor criminal cases when the alleged conduct occurred in the city of Hilliard, Ohio. Common types of offenses in this court include:
• Domestic Violence
• DUI / OVI
• Drug crimes
• Underage Drinking
Court Personnel In Hilliard, Ohio
For the Hilliard Mayor’s Court, the judicial officer is a magistrate. Most often, the magistrate is attorney Mark Weaver, and there are other local attorneys and retired judges that fill-in as magistrates as well. The prosecuting attorneys are from a central Ohio law firm which has a contract for prosecuting the cases in this court. If a case is transferred from the Hilliard Mayor’s Court to the Franklin County Municipal Court, a different prosecutor will handle the case in the Municipal Court.
Additional Information About The Court
The Mayor’s Court is located in the Joint Safety Services Building at 5171 Northwest Parkway in Hilliard, Ohio. Hearings are held every Wednesday at 8:00 am, and court personnel is available before hearings beginning at 7:30 am. When you arrive for court, you should sign-in at the front desk and be seated in the hearing room or the overflow room. The court personnel will play a video explaining your rights and the court process.
The Court Process
The first hearing for your case is an arraignment and is designed to give you the opportunity to enter a plea. You should think through your options and decide what plea you intend to enter. Your options are Guilty, No Contest, and Not Guilty. If you plead Guilty or No Contest, you will likely be sentenced, and the case will be concluded at the arraignment. If you plead Not Guilty, the case will not be concluded at the arraignment and instead will be scheduled for a pretrial hearing. If your case is not concluded by agreement at the pretrial hearing, it will be scheduled for a trial. At the trial, the prosecution has the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If your guilt is proven, you will be sentenced at that time. If your guilt is not proven, you will be found Not Guilty.
Transferring Your Case To The Franklin County Municipal Court
Because the Hilliard Mayor’s Court is not a ‘court of record’, you have the right to transfer your case. You also have the right to appeal the decision in the Hilliard Mayor’s Court and re-start the case in a Municipal Court. If you transfer the case or file an appeal, your case will be moved to the Franklin County Municipal Court. Transferring a case is a strategic decision which should probably be discussed with a lawyer.
Representation For The Hilliard Mayor’s Court
The practice of the Dominy Law Firm is focused on DUI / OVI defense and criminal defense, and we regularly represent clients in the Hilliard Mayor’s Court. For more information about our firm, please see the About Us page of this website. You may also want to review our attorney profiles, past case results, and client reviews. We limit the number of clients we represent so we can provide outstanding service to each client. If you would like to discuss how we can help with your case in the Hilliard Mayor’s Court, submit a CONTACT FORM or call US at 614-717-1177 to arrange a free phone consultation.