Wyoming Mayor’s Court
The City of Wyoming maintains and operates its own Mayor’s Court which provides speedy and equitable justice to individuals charged with misdemeanors, settles minor disputes, and encourages respect for law and the administration of justice. The Court processes approximately 1,500 cases annually during the 26 Mayors Court dates. Half of the minor traffic cases are processed through a mail-in procedure or paid out in person prior to court.

Court cases processed prior to court are handled at the Wyoming Police Department, Safety Services Building, 600 Grove Avenue, Wyoming, Ohio, 45215.

Mayor’s Court is generally held every other Wednesday, 6:00 p.m., at the Wyoming Municipal Building, 800 Oak Avenue.

For questions regarding Mayor’s Court citations or charges, contact the Wyoming Police Department at 513.821.0141 or email the Clerk of Court.

Fine Schedule
Notice: All payout amounts other than parking citations include court costs. If you were charged with more than one violation see below.

Seat Belt and Parking Violations

Seat Belt – Driver $75.00
Seat Belt – Passenger $65.00
Seat Belt – Child Restraint $105.00
Handicap Parking $255.00
Permit Required Parking $145.00
All other Parking $35.00
Moving Traffic Violations
Speeding $150.00
Speeding – 2nd Offense in 24 Months $160.00
Speeding in School Zone $170.00
ACDA $155.00
Following Emergency Vehicle $180.00
Approaching a Stationary Public Safety Vehicle $215.00
Vehicles Transporting Explosives $215.00
Reckless Driving $180.00
Operation Willful Wanton Disregard $215.00
Drive Over Freshly Painted Lines $180.00
All Other Moving Traffic Violations $150.00
Non-Moving Traffic Violations
Pedestrian Yielding to Emergency Vehicle $160.00
All Other Non Moving Traffic Violations $140.00
Criminal Violations
Hunting Prohibited $205.00
Failure to Disperse $205.00
Disorderly Conduct – Intoxicated $205.00
Gift of Marijuana $205.00
Drug Abuse $205.00
Cultivation of Marijuana $205.00
Littering $205.00
Failure to Report a Crime or Death $205.00
Failure to Aid Law Enforcement Officer $205.00
Unlawful Display of Law Enforcement Emblem on a Motor Vehicle $205.00
Purchase of Alcoholic Beverage by Minor $205.00
Purchase/Sale of Low Alcohol Beverages to Minor $205.00
Sale Permit Required $205.00
Open Container $205.00
Excavation Improvement and Driveways $205.00
Loud Music $205.00
All Other Criminal Violations $150.00

2018 Misdemeanor Bond Schedule
Misdemeanor 1st Degree $440.00
Misdemeanor 2nd Degree $340.00
Misdemeanor 3rd Degree $240.00
Misdemeanor 4th Degree $140.00
Minor Misdemeanor No Bond (If O.R.C. 2935.26 does not apply)

Notice: If you have been charged with more than one violation on the same citation the court costs are only charged on one violation.
Please call the clerk to find out the correct payment amount (513) 821-0141.

Paying Your Citation
Payment of Citation Without Court Appearance (Waiver):
Ohio law allows certain traffic citations to be resolved by a Traffic Violations Bureau instead of appearing in Court. You must pay the full amount; Ohio law does not allow partial payments on waivers. Failure to pay the citation or appear in court will result in a warrant being issued for your arrest, a block being place on your driver’s license, and possibly the suspension of your driver’s license.

If you are charged with an offense that does not require a court appearance, you may:

Pay your citation in person at the Wyoming Mayor’s Court Violations Bureau which is located at 600 Grove Avenue, Wyoming, Ohio 45215.
Send a check or money order to the above address made payable to: Wyoming Mayor’s Court.
Pay by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover over the phone at (513) 821-0141 or in person at 600 Grove Avenue.

All citations must be paid by 4:00 p.m. on the court date listed on the citation. If you have not provided proof of insurance make sure to include it with your payment.

*Notice to Juvenile Traffic Offenders – You will be notified of your court date by mail by Hamilton County Juvenile Court. Once notified you will report to:

Traffic Department
Hamilton County Juvenile Court
800 Broadway, 1st Floor
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Warrant
If a Defendant fails to appear in court, or payout a citation if an appearance is not required, a warrant for his/her arrest will be issued by the Court. This document allows the Division of Police to pick up the Defendant and place him/her in jail pending a Court Arraignment Hearing or until the proper amount of bond has been posted. More Court costs are assessed as a result of this warrant.

Posting Bonds
Once the warrant is issued you will need to post a bond in order to receive a new court date. The bond amount is issued by the Magistrate. When a bond is posted, there is a $25.00 State of Ohio fee that will not be refunded unless the Defendant is found Not Guilty. If a bond is posted and the Defendant fails to appear in court the entire amount will be forfeited. If the bond is posted by the Defendant or by someone else but put in the Defendant’s name the money posted may be used towards any fine/costs that may be assessed.

Proof of Insurance

If You Do Not Have Vehicle Insurance, You Cannot Drive in Ohio!

In Ohio, it is illegal to drive any motor vehicle without insurance or other financial responsibility (FR) proof. It is also illegal for any motor vehicle owner to allow anyone else to drive the owner’s vehicle without FR proof.

If the box on your citation is either blank or marked “No” you did not show proof of insurance to the officer when you were stopped; therefore, you must submit it to the court with your payment.

Proof of insurance is required on the vehicle that you were driving on the date and time you were cited.
Failure to provide proof, may result in your driver’s license being suspended for a minimum of 90 days by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

You may fax proof of insurance to the Wyoming Mayor’s Court at (513) 821-8609 or by mail to:

Wyoming Mayor’s Court
600 Grove Avenue
Wyoming, OH 45215

Section 4509.101 of the Ohio Revised Code prohibits an individual from operating a motor vehicle in Ohio without maintaining proof of FR continuously throughout the registration period with respect to that vehicle, or, in the case of a driver who is not the owner, with respect to that driver’s operation of that vehicle.

The law requires financial responsibility in the minimum amount of $12,500 for bodily injury to or death of one (1) individual in any one (1) accident, $25,000 for bodily injury to or death of two (2) or more individuals in any one (1) accident, and $7,500 for injury to the property of others in any one (1) accident.

For More Financial Responsibility Information Contact:
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Financial Responsibility Section
P.O. Box 16583
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6583
(614) 752-7700

Courtesy of: http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/fr_laws.stm

2018 Court Calendar (Subject to Change)
January 3, 17, 31
February 14, 28
March 14, 28
April 11, 25
May 9, 23
June 6, 20
July 11, 18
August 1, 15, 29
September 12, 26
October 10, 24
November 7
December 5, 19

Directions to the Wyoming Mayor’s Court (800 Oak Avenue)

From North of Wyoming:
South on I-75 to the Shepherd Lane/Lincoln Heights exit 13. Turn left off the exit then right at the first light onto Shepherd. Turn left onto Wayne Avenue (1st stop sign). Turn right onto Wyoming Avenue from Wayne Avenue. After you go over the railroad tracks turn right on the second street, Oak Avenue. The Wyoming Municipal Building is about three blocks down on the right. Use the south entrance-look for the sign.

From South of Wyoming:
North on I-75 to exit 10 Galbraith Road (exit is on the left side of the highway). Turn left onto Galbraith and then turn right on to Vine Street. Vine Street will change names to Springfield Pike when you enter Wyoming. Turn right onto Wyoming Avenue then left on Oak Avenue. The Wyoming Municipal Building is about three blocks down on the right. Use the south entrance-look for the sign.

Directions to the Wyoming Safety Service Building/Violations Bureau (600 Grove Avenue)

From North of Wyoming:
South on I-75 to the Shepherd Lane/Lincoln Heights exit 13. Turn left off the exit then right at the first light onto Shepherd. Turn left onto Wayne Avenue (1st stop sign). Turn right onto Wyoming Avenue from Wayne Avenue. After you go over the railroad tracks turn right on the third street, Grove Avenue. The Wyoming Safety Service Building is half a block down on the right. The parking lot is just before the building.

From South of Wyoming:
North on I-75 to exit 10 Galbraith Road (exit is on the left side of the highway). Turn left onto Galbraith and then turn right on to Vine Street. Vine Street will change names to Springfield Pike when you enter Wyoming. Turn right onto Wyoming Avenue then left on Grove Avenue. The Wyoming Safety Service Building is half a block down on the right. The parking lot is just before the building.

Classification and Maximum Penalties for Misdemeanors

Classification: First Degree (M-1)
Length of Imprisonment: 6 months
Maximum Fine: $1,000.00

Classification: Second Degree (M-2)
Length of Imprisonment: 90 days
Maximum Fine: $750.00

Classification: Third Degree (M-3)
Length of Imprisonment: 60 days
Maximum Fine: $500.00

Classification: Fourth Degree (M-4)
Length of Imprisonment: 30 days
Maximum Fine: $250.00

Classification: Minor (MM) (ORC 2929.21)
Length of Imprisonment: none
Maximum Fine: $150.00

Mayor’s Court Transfers and Appeals

Transfers
Mayor’s Court does not have trials by jury. Any person wishing to have their case heard by a jury will have the case transferred to the Hamilton County Municipal Court (minor misdemeanor cases are not entitled to a jury trial).

Appeals Process
If you are found guilty in the Wyoming Mayor’s Court you have the right to appeal your case to the Hamilton County Municipal Court, pursuant to ORC section 1905.23.

Within ten days from the time the Magistrate renders judgment, the appellant shall file with the Mayor’s Court a written notice of appeal. All further proceedings in the Mayor’s Court shall be stayed from the time of filing the notice of appeal with the Mayor’s Court.

Continuances
To arrange for a continuance you must contact the Wyoming Mayor’s Court, (513) 821-0141, prior to the court date listed on your citation. Only one continuance will be given without appearing in court. All subsequent continuances must be requested in court and granted by the Magistrate.

Hearing Types and Plea Descriptions

Arraignment Hearing
This serves as the first opportunity for the Defendant to see someone about his/her case. At this time, the Defendant will be allowed to enter a plea to the charges. All Defendants are advised of their rights to have an Attorney represent them, or they may choose to represent themselves. The right to representation by an Attorney may be used at any time during the process and at any hearings.

Trial
If a Defendant pleads not guilty at his/her Arraignment, a later date will be set for the trial. On Trial Night, the Prosecutor will present any evidence and call any witnesses to prove the case. The Defendant will then have an opportunity to present his/her own evidence and witnesses to prove that he/she is not guilty. All Defendants have the right to be represented by an Attorney at this and any subsequent hearings.

Guilty Plea
The plea of guilty is a complete admission of the Defendant’s guilt.

No Contest Plea
The plea of No Contest is not an admission of guilt, but is an admission of the truth of the facts alleged in the information or complaint, and such a plea of admission will not be used against the Defendant in any subsequent civil or criminal proceedings.

Not Guilty Plea
The plea of Not Guilty is a denial of legal guilt, and the case will be set for trial on a later date.

Your Rights In Court

  • The right as a Defendant to be represented by legal counsel.
  • The right as a Defendant to a continuance, if necessary, to obtain the appearances of witnesses to testify for and on your behalf and to have them subpoenaed to this courtroom, if necessary.
  • The right to be advised as to the nature of the charge, and to see and read the affidavit or complaint against you.
  • The right as a Defendant to enter a plea of “Guilty”; a plea of “Not Guilty”; or a plea of “No Contest.
  • If a plea of “Guilty” is entered, the Magistrate will make inquiry of the facts and determine the penalty.
  • If a plea of “Not Guilty” is entered, the Defendant and all witnesses will be sworn and testimony will be heard in a trial, after which the Magistrate will render a decision of guilty or not guilty.
  • A plea of “No Contest” means you admit the facts that are contained in the affidavit or complaint but you are not admitting or are not sure that the facts constitute a criminal offense. If you plead “No Contest,” this plea may not be used in any other later hearing or trial as an admission by you that you committed a criminal offense, whether such a later hearing is a criminal or civil matter. In the event of such a plea, the Magistrate will inquire into the facts and determine the penalty.
  • If you are in doubt as to whether or not you are guilty, the Court requests that you enter a plea of “Not Guilty” and let the City of Wyoming or State of Ohio prove their case against you
  • The right as a Defendant to demand a trial by a jury in all cases where the maximum penalty includes a fine of more than $1,000.00 or if a jail sentence is a possibility.
  • If a trial by jury is demanded, however, the case must be transferred to the Hamilton County Municipal Court, in Cincinnati, and will be heard by a Municipal Court Judge.
  • If a trial by jury is not demanded, a written waiver must be signed before the Magistrate may hear and decide your case.
  • The right as a Defendant to assistance of an attorney in all cases involving a possible jail sentence.
  • If you cannot afford an attorney, and you qualify, one will be appointed to represent you in this Court.
  • If you do not want to hire an attorney to represent you in your case, you must sign a waiver before the Magistrate may hear and decide your case.
  • The right as a Defendant to testify or not to testify in your own defense – this is your right against self-incrimination.
  • The right as a Defendant to appeal, as prescribed by Ohio statute. This must be done in writing and filed with/delivered to the Wyoming Clerk of Court within ten days of the date of the decision
  • If you are not a citizen of the United States, you are hereby advised that conviction of the offense to which you are pleading “Guilty” (or “No Contest” when applicable) may have the consequence of deportation, exclusion from admission to the United States, or denial of naturalization.
  • If you have ever been or are currently a client of the law firm of Strauss & Troy, you need to indicate this to the Prosecutor, otherwise your silence will be construed as a waiver of any conflict which may exist.
  • All fines and court costs must be paid today. It is the policy of the Court not to grant a stay to pay.
  • If you were charged with a moving violation and failed to show proof of insurance, show your proof of insurance to the prosecutor or the BMV will impose a license suspension of your driving privileges.
  • If you have any questions concerning your case or your rights as a Defendant, please do not hesitate to make your questions known to the Court for explanation or clarification.

This document was prepared as a public service by the City of Wyoming Mayor’s Court.
David T.Stevenson, Magistrate