Your Rights in Mayor’s Court
The court date on your ticket, assigned by the officer, is your arraignment. The purpose of an arraignment is to answer to the charge(s) against you and have you enter a plea to that charge. This is not your trial. The officer who issued the citation will not be present at your arraignment
As a defendant, when you appear in Westerville Mayor’s Court, you should know your basic rights:
To know the nature of the charge(s) that has been filed against you.
To know the identity of the person making the charge against you.
To see and read the complaint filed against you.
To have legal counsel represent you.
To have one continuance to obtain counsel or for some other valid reason.
To have a Jury Trial or Court Trial in the Franklin County or Delaware County Municipal Court.
Appeal after a Trial
You have a right to appeal the ruling of this Court. That appeal must be filed within 10 days of the trial as provided by Section 1905.23 Ohio Revised Code. Court personnel can assist you with this process.
Listed below you will find the Maximum Penalites for Misdemeanors.
Misdemeanor Classification Maximum Jail Term Maximum Fine
First degree (M1) 6 months $1,000.00
Second degree (M2) 90 days 750.00
Third degree (M3) 60 days 500.00
Fourth degree (M4) 30 days 250.00
Minor (MM) No jail term 150.00
In the event that you are convicted of a Traffic Offense, a record of that conviction will be sent to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and will become a part of your driving record.