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Grove City Mayor’s Court prosecutes OVI cases at their mayor’s court facility, provided that you have no prior OVI convictions on your record. If you are pulled over and arrested by a Grove City police officer, your case will be scheduled in the mayor’s court. Your case will always be heard on the Wednesday following your arrest.
Grove City DUI cases are filed and scheduled for arraignment within five (5) business days from the date of your arrest. This is done so that you may appeal the administrative license suspension and regain your driving privileges.
If you retain the Columbus DUI defense team at Luftman, Heck & Associates to represent you, it is possible for us to appear on your behalf without you having to attend your initial court date. We enter a not guilty plea on your behalf at that time. We also request police reports and DVD footage of your stop as well as address your license suspension.
If you hire us to represent you for your Columbus DUI, we will be looking at BMV Form 2255 to see if there are errors that could lead to terminating your license suspension outright. If there are no errors on the 2255, we are able to request a stay of your license suspension, which would give you your license back while your case is pending.
Grove City Mayor’s Court generally permits stays of the administrative license suspension unless there is a fact pattern or an accident involved in the OVI case. We can appear on your behalf at the arraignment and request the stay for you if you become a Luftman Heck client. You would then be forwarded two copies – one to take to the BMV and one to keep with you at all times while driving during the pendency of your case.
Lastly, if none of those options were available we would look to get you limited driving privileges, which would permit you to drive for work, school and medical related purposes. Getting driving privileges in Grove City Mayor’s Court is not a difficult process when represented. You would be forwarded a blank copy of the limited driving privilege entry to fill out and return to us. We would then file it on your behalf; if granted, you would be forwarded two certified copies. You are required to keep the first copyin your car at all times while driving and the other you should hold onto as a spare in case you lose the first.
Morgan Masters is the prosecuting attorney for Grove City Mayor’s Court OVI cases. During her time prosecuting, she has prosecuted DUI, criminal and traffic cases for Grove City. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, she was a Columbus criminal defense attorney with a local firm. Ms. Masters will be prosecuting your case from its initiation in arraignment court.
In Grove City OVI cases, copies of all the police reports are generally received at the pre-trial date. We will always make copies of all reports received to give to our clients at that time to review. We prefer you to take the reports home, review them thoroughly, and then send an email to us with your thoughts about the reports, including any inconsistencies as well as your summary of exactly what happened.
All of the Grove City police cars are equipped with a cruiser video system, so unless there is a malfunction there will be a DVD of your traffic stop. This DVD footage can be very helpful to us when evaluating the evidence against you. If the police reports are exaggerated, it will show on the DVD. It will also show whether the field sobriety tests were performed properly on you. Each of our Columbus DUI lawyers is certified in the administration of the field sobriety tests, and we are adept at looking for errors and mistakes that can help you. You will also receive a copy of the DVD for review.
If there are evidentiary issues, the prosecutor will potentially offer a reduction of your OVI / DUI charge to a lesser offense such as a reckless operation or physical control while in Dublin Mayor’s Court.
It is possible that the prosecution will offer a reduction of your OVI charge to a lesser charge if there are issues with the physical evidence in your case. However, sometimes it is necessary to apply more pressure if a reduction does not appear likely. It may be more advantageous to transfer your case to Franklin County Municipal Court.
Morgan Masters also prosecutes all Grove City Mayor’s Court cases transferred to Franklin County Municipal Court. In Franklin County Municipal Court, we are able to conduct a suppression hearing or jury trial if necessary. If that is what the case calls for, we will move in that direction. We have worked in both Grove City Mayor’s Court and Franklin County Municipal Court, and Ms. Masters knows that we are ready and willing to fight on our clients’ behalf to achieve the best possible outcome for OVI cases.
Prior to conducting a suppression hearing or jury trial on your behalf in Franklin County Municipal Court, we strive to negotiate an offer for a reduced charge to give you an option before the case moves to trial.
If you have been arrested for an OVI in Grove City, your case will likely be handled in its Mayor’s Court. Having experienced Grove City DUI lawyers can help you avoid the penalties you face, which could include jail time, significant fines, and other long-term consequences. Contact us at or email@example.com for a free legal consultation.