Criminal and DUI / OVI Defense in Westerville Mayor’s Court

If you have been charged with criminal offense, such as a DUI / OVI, drug offense, or misdemeanor in Westerville Mayor’s Court, contact Johnson Legal, LLC at (614) 987-0192 and speak with Attorney David Johnson regarding your case. Prior to appearing in court, review the information on this website, such as the information on this page, the charges and potential consequences, possible defenses and the court process.

Types of Cases Heard in Westerville Mayor’s Court

Westerville Mayor’s Court hears misdemeanor criminal cases that have allegedly occurred in the city of Westerville. These are typically a violation of the city’s codified ordinances. While there are a wide variety of cases that could be heard, common types of cases that are heard include:

Contact Information for Westerville Mayor’s Court

Address:    21 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081

Phone:      (614) 901-6419

Website:    Westerville Mayor’s Court

Westerville Court Personnel and Process

Mayor’s court are presided over by the local Mayor unless a magistrate is appointed. A magistrate is basically the same as a judge. The magistrate makes rulings on legal issues and imposes sentences on offenders. In Westerville, Mayor Cocuzzi has appointed James Fais to be the magistrate. Pretrials, and traffic and criminal arraignments, are held every Wednesday at 9:00 AM. Trials are held every Wednesday at 10:00 AM.

Court Process

For some cases, such as minor traffic tickets, you may pay your fine in person at the above address, online or over the phone. However, simply paying the fine is an admission of guilt. If you don’t wish to admit guilt, hire an attorney and attend the arraignment (the first court appearance). Pleading not guilty may result in a more positive outcome for your case.

After attending the arraignment and pleading not guilty, a pretrial hearing will be scheduled. This hearing provides an opportunity for your attorney and the prosecutor to negotiate a plea agreement. If you decline to accept a plea agreement, your case will be scheduled for a bench trial. Mayor’s courts are not permitted to conduct jury trials. If you wish to have a jury trial, your case will need to be transferred to the Franklin County Municipal Court or Delaware County Municipal Court.

If you are found guilty at trial, the magistrate will impose a sentence. Your attorney and the prosecutor will make statements to the judge prior to the imposition of any sentence.

Transferring Your Case to Franklin or Delaware County Municipal Court

Mayor’s courts are not able to hear certain types of cases, such as when the defendant wishes to have a jury trial, or you may prefer to have your case heard in Municipal Court. If you transfer your case from Westerville Mayor’s Court, your case will be heard in Franklin or Delaware County Municipal Court. If the Westerville Mayor’s Court finds you guilty, you may appeal to the Franklin or Delaware County Municipal Court.

Westerville, Ohio Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Westerville Mayor’s  Court, contact Johnson Legal, LLC and speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Attorney David Johnson of Johnson Legal, LLC will discuss your case and assist you in fighting the charges. Call (614) 987-0192 or send an email to schedule a consultation regarding your criminal offense case.

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 Westerville Police Department

29 S. South Street

Westerville, Ohio 43081

(614) 882-7444 (non-emergency)

911 (emergency)

Delaware County: Enforcement Division

844 U.S. 42

Delaware, Ohio 43015

(740) 368-1885

Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office

140 N. Sandusky Street, 3rd Floor

Delaware, Ohio 43015

(740) 833-2690

Franklin County Correction Center

370 S. Front Street, 2nd Floor

Columbus, Ohio 43215

(614) 525-5785

Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office

373 S. High Street, 14th Floor

Columbus, Ohio 43215

(614) 525-3555