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Grandview Mayor's Court for DUI

Unlike some mayor’s courts in Central Ohio, Grandview Heights does prosecute OVI cases at their mayor’s court. If you are pulled over and arrested for an OVI by a Grandview Heights police officer and you do not have any prior OVI convictions, your case will be scheduled in the mayor’s court. Your DUI case will always be heard on the Tuesday following your arrest.

The city of Grandview Heights prosecutes all people charged with an OVI or DUI offence in Grandview Heights Mayor’s Court. [BLANK_AUDIO]

Do I have to appear at my arraignment?

Grandview Heights DUI cases are filed and scheduled for arraignment within five (5) business days from the date of your arrest so that you may appeal the administrative license suspension. You’re likely worried about your driving privileges and how this will impact your day-to-day life. If you retain Luftman, Heck & Associates’ Columbus OVI defense team to represent you on your Grandview Heights’ DUI case, it is possible for us to appear on your behalf without you having to attend the initial court date. At that time, we typically enter a not guilty plea on your behalf, request any police reports and DVD footage of your traffic stop, and address the issue of your driver’s license suspension.

If you are charged with an OVI or DUI offence in Grandview Heights, generally, you will have to go and appear at your arraignment and that arraignment will appear on the Tuesday following your OVI arrest. If however you hire the Columbus Criminal Defense Team to represent you on the case, you will not need to appear at your initial court date.

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Can I get my license or driving privileges?

The first thing we do when a client hires us on a Grandview Heights OVI case is look at BMV Form 2255. If there are errors that could lead to terminating your license suspension, we will fight to have your license reinstated. If there aren’t any errors on the form, we may be able to request a stay of your license. This would give you your full license back while your case is pending, and you would go to the BMV to get your license back.

Grandview Heights Mayor’s Court can be a tough court to work in, but we have experience handling cases here for over a decade. Generally the court will permit stays of the administrative license suspension, provided that the OVI didn’t involve an accident or that you aren’t a repeat offender. If you hire us, we can appear on your behalf at the arraignment and request the stay for you. If it is granted, you will be forwarded two copies. One of these you would take to the BMV, while the other one is to be kept with you at all times that you are driving until your case is heard.

If these options aren’t available, our Columbus DUI attorneys can fight to get you limited driving privileges, which would permit you to drive for work, school, and medical reasons. When represented, this is not a difficult process. Typically it involves filling out a copy of the limited driving privileges entry, which we would then file on your behalf. If granted, you will be forwarded two certified copies – one of which you will keep in your car at all times while driving and a spare in case you lose the first.

In all cases, the Columbus Criminal Defense Team represents clients in Grandview Mayor’s Court, we will first look to try to terminate your licence suspension. We will go and review the yellow sheet of paper that you received, the BMV form 2265 to go and see if there’re any errors with the paper work.

If there’re errors with the paperwork we will then go and request to terminate your licence suspension at your arraignment or initial court day. If there’s not an error with the paperwork we will instead go and request a stay of your licence Suspension. And a stay will give you your full licence back while your case is going on. If neither a termination or a stay is possible in your case, we will then go and file a motion for limited driving privileges on your behalf and provide them to you as soon as your able to go and drive. [BLANK_AUDIO]

Who is the prosecutor?

David Beck is the prosecuting attorney for Grandview Mayor’s Court DUI cases. He has prosecuted OVI, criminal and traffic cases for the City of Columbus and Grandview Heights for over 40 years. He will be prosecuting your case from arraignment on, and usually will prosecute the case only if it stays in Grandview Heights Mayor’s Court.

Ray Mularski prosecutes all DUI cases that originate in Gahanna Mayor’s Court. If your case is transferred downtown to Franklin County Municipal Court, Kevin Mantel will take care of the prosecuting while the case is there.

Do I get to see the police reports?

When you become a Luftman Heck client, we ensure that you are up-to-date on the status of your case. This includes making copies of all reports we receive to give to you for your review. We ask that you take these reports home, review them thoroughly, and send us an email with your thoughts about the reports, including any inconsistencies and your summary of exactly what happened.

In every OVI or DUI case, the Columbus Criminal Defense Team files a motion for discovery to go and get a copy of all the police reports from the Grandview prosecutor. In every case, we then provide a copy of the police reports, the alcohol influence report and any additional reports to our clients in every case.

It is so very important for you to have the opportunity to go and review those reports and let us know your thoughts to go and help to try and get a reduction in your case.

Is there a DVD of my traffic stop?

All of the Grandview Heights police cars are equipped with a cruiser video system, and you will be provided with a copy for your review. The DVD is often very helpful to us. If the police reports are exaggerated or if the field sobriety tests are improperly given to you, it will show on the DVD. All of our Columbus DUI attorneys are certified in the administration of the field sobriety tests, and we know the mistakes to look for.

All Grandview Police Department cars are equipped with a cruiser video system. That means, there will be a DVD of your traffic stop in every case and in every case, the Columbus Criminal Defense team will go and get a copy of it and provide it to you to go and review. Why? Because we want you to have the opportunity to go and see exactly how you looked on that evening and also that we can go and illustrate all of the issues and problems that the police made at that time.

What outcome can I expect with my Grandview Heights Mayor’s Court OVI case?

If there are issues with the physical evidence, the Grandview Heights prosecutor may offer a reduction of your OVI charge to a lesser offense, like reckless operation or physical control. However, sometimes it is necessary to apply more pressure if a reduction does not seem likely. We can fight to have your case transferred to Franklin County Municipal Court, where it will again go through the OVI court process.

Marty Nobile prosecutes all Grandview Heights Mayor’s Court cases transferred to Franklin County Municipal Court. He has prosecuted OVI / DUI, criminal, traffic and environmental cases for the City of Columbus and many other central Ohio municipalities during his over 20 year tenure practicing law. In Franklin County Municipal Court, we are able to conduct a suppression hearing or jury trial if necessary. Prior to conducting a suppression hearing or jury trial on your behalf in Franklin County Municipal Court, we will continue to negotiate an offer to a reduced charge to give you an option before litigating the case.

In every Grandview DUI case, the Columbus Criminal Defense Team strives to get a reduction of your charge to a lesser offence, such as a reckless operation or physical control. Why? Because you want to keep the DUI off of your record. In addition, we look to go and minimize the license suspension, keep you out of jail, and keep you off of probation.

If we are unable to accomplish that in Grandview Mayor’s Court, we will then enter a not guilty plea and transfer your case to Franklin County Municipal Court.

Charged with a DUI in Grandview Heights? Contact us.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Grandview Heights, your case will likely be handled in its Mayor’s Court, and the prosecution will try to prove that you were driving while impaired. Having experienced Grandview Heights DUI lawyers can help you avoid the penalties you face. Contact us at or advice@columbuscriminalattorney.com for a free legal consultation.

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