Worthington Mayor's Court
This page provides information about cases in the Worthington Mayor’s Court. If you have been charged with DUI / OVI or a criminal offense in Worthington, Ohio, this page and this website will provide you with helpful information. Before you hire a lawyer and before you go to your first hearing in the Worthington Mayor’s Court, educating yourself about the situation and researching criminal defense attorneys will help you make an informed decision regarding hiring an attorney.Contact The Worthington Mayor’s Court
Address: 6550 North High Street, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: (614) 786-7351
Website: Worthington Mayor's Court
First-offense DUI / OVI cases and misdemeanor criminal cases are heard in the Mayor’s Court when the alleged offenses occur within the city of Worthington, Ohio. The cases heard in this court include:
- DUI / OVI
- Misdemeanor drug offenses
- Underage drinking
- Vehicular homicide
- Vehicular assault
Worthington is unique because the judicial officer for the court is usually the mayor, Harvey Minton. An attorney from the law firm of Baker and Hostetler is the prosecutor in the Worthington Mayor’s Court. If a case is transferred from the Worthington Mayor’s Court to the Franklin County Municipal Court, an attorney from the Columbus City Prosecutor’s Office prosecutes the case in the Municipal Court.The Typical Court Process In Worthington
The beginning of a DUI / OVI or criminal case is the filing of a complaint (in DUI / OVI cases, the ticket is the complaint). After the complaint is filed, your first court appearance will be an arraignment (usually on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm). At the arraignment, you will be given three options: plead guilty, plead no contest, or plead not guilty. If you plead not guilty, you should then exchange evidence with the prosecuting attorney (the exchange of evidence is called ‘discovery’). Your next court appearance will be a pretrial hearing (also usually at 6:00 pm on Tuesdays). At the pretrial hearing, the attorneys have a conversation about the case and engage in plea negotiations. If the negotiations do not result in a plea agreement, the case is scheduled for a trial. Before the trial is held, the court may hold a motion hearing to decide contested legal issues.
If no plea agreement is reached, the court will hold a trial (also on Tuesdays at 6:00). The Worthington Mayor’s Court does not hold jury trials, so the Mayor or magistrate will decide if your are guilty or not guilty. If you are found guilty, or if you plead guilty, the Mayor or magistrate will hold a sentence hearing to announce your sentence. The sentence hearing may a separate hearing or may be combined with one of the other hearings.Transferring A Case To The Municipal Court
In Ohio, you have the right to have your case heard in a ‘court of record’, and the Worthington Mayor’s Court is not a ‘court of record’. That means you have the ability to move your case to a ‘court of record’. You also have the right to appeal the outcome of the case in the Worthington Mayor’s Court. If you transfer or appeal the case, the case starts over in the Franklin County Municipal Court, and the prosecutor changes to the Columbus City Prosecutor’s Office. Moving your case from the Worthington Mayor’s Court to the Franklin County Municipal court is a big decision, and it would be helpful to discuss that decision with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.Attorney For DUI / OVI And Criminal Defense In Worthington, Ohio
My practice is focused on DUI / OVI defense and criminal defense. Erlier in my career, my office was in Worthington, and my office is now on Polaris Parkway, so I have represented many clients in the Worthington 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. If you would like to discuss how I can help with your case in the Worthington Mayor’s Court, EMAIL ME or call me at 614-717-1177 to arrange a free consultation. My fees are relatively high, but the initial phone consultation is free.