Westerville Mayor's Court

DUI/OVI Cases And Criminal Cases In The Westerville Mayor’s Court

This website page provides you with information regarding cases in the Westerville Mayor’s Court. If you were charged with a criminal offense or a DUI/OVI offense in Westerville, Ohio, reading the information on this page and throughout this website will be very helpful. Before hiring a lawyer or attending the first court appearance in Westerville Mayor’s Court, you can educate yourself about your situation and research criminal defense lawyers so you can make an informed choice about hiring an attorney.

To Contact The Westerville Mayor’s Court

Address: 21 South State Street, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: (614) 901-6419
Website: Westerville Mayor's Court

Misdemeanor Cases In Westerville, Ohio

The Westerville Mayor’s Court has jurisdiction over first-offense DUI / OVI cases and misdemeanor criminal cases that occur within the city of Westerville, Ohio. Types of offenses addressed in this court include:

  • DUI/OVI
  • Misdemeanor drug offenses
  • Underage drinking
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Vehicular assault
Westerville Mayor’s Court Personnel

The judicial officer in the Westerville Mayor’s Court is actually considered a magistrate instead of a judge. On most days, retired judge James Fais presides in the Westerville Mayor’s Court, but on some days there are other local lawyers or retired judges that sit as the magistrate. The prosecutors in the Westerville Mayor’s Court are attorneys with the law firm of Metz, Bailey & McLoughlin. If a case is moved from the Westerville Mayor’s Court to the Delaware County Municipal Court, the Delaware City Prosecutor’s Office handles the case. If a case is moved from the Westerville Mayor’s Court to the Franklin County Municipal Court, an attorney from Metz, Bailey & McLoughlin will follow the case and be the prosecutor in the Municipal Court.

Procedure For Misdemeanor Cases

Criminal cases and DUI/OVI cases begin with a complaint being filed (the traffic ticket is the complaint in DUI/OVI cases). When the complaint is filed, you will be summoned to appear at the arraignment (typically held at 9:00 am on Wednesdays), where you will have the choice of entering a guilty plea, a no contest plea, or a not guilty plea. Assuming you enter a plea of not guilty, the next step is to exchange evidence (discovery) with the prosecutor. The next hearing will be a pretrial hearing (also typically on Wednesdays at 9:00), which is an opportunity to discuss the case with the prosecutor and negotiate a plea agreement. If not plea agreement is reached, a trial will be scheduled. Before the trial, there may be a motion hearing where the magistrate makes decisions about disputed legal issues. If there is still no plea agreement, a trial will be held (typically on Wednesdays at 10:00). There are no jury trials in the Westerville Mayor’s Court, so the person deciding whether you are guilty or not guilty is the magistrate. If you are found guilty of an offense, or if you plead guilty to an offense, the magistrate will hold a sentence hearing to impose the sentence. The sentence hearing may be combined with one of the other hearings, or it may be held separately.

Moving A Case Out Of The Westerville Mayor’s Court

Ohio law gives you the right for your case to be heard in a ‘court of record’. The Westerville Mayor’s Court is not a ‘court of record’, so you do have the right to transfer your case to a ‘court of record’. In addition, you can also appeal the decision reached in the Westerville Mayor’s Court. If you choose to appeal, your case begins again in a Municipal Court. Westerville is unique among mayor's courts because part of the city is in Franklin County and part of the city is in Delaware County. If the offense allegedly occurred in Franklin County, the case is transferred to the Franklin County Municipal Court. If the offense allegedly occurred in Delaware County, the case is transferred to the Delaware County Municipal Court. Transferring a case to a Municipal court is a significant decision, so it would be beneficial to talk with an knowledgeable lawyer regarding that decision.

Representation For Cases In The Westerville Mayor’s Court

My practice is focused on DUI/OVI defense and criminal defense, and I regularly represent clients (including college students) in the Westerville Mayor’s Court. For more information about me, please see my profile, and for more details about my practice, please see the firm overview. You can also see what clients say and review my past case results. I limit the number of cases I accept so I can provide personal service to my clients. Based on this level of service and expertise, my fees are relatively high. If you would like to discuss how I can help with your case in the Westerville Mayor’s Court, EMAIL ME or call me at 614-717-1177 to arrange a free consultation.