Mayor's Court Operations
BLUE ASH MAYOR’S COURT
The Blue Ash Mayor’s Court is presided over by Magistrate John O’Shea and cases are tried by the Prosecutor. Court is generally held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month but there are exceptions. Refer to the link below for the court calendar.
At the bottom of your ticket, you will see the court to which you have been cited. The ticket will show the court’s name, the court’s address, and the date and time you must appear before the court. For questions regarding appearances in Blue Ash Mayor’s Court, please call (513) 745-8554. For questions regarding appearances in Hamilton County Municipal Court, please call 513-946-6041 for traffic and 513-946-6040 for criminal matters.
You have the right to be represented by an attorney in all proceedings in Mayor’s Court; however, you are not required to have an attorney in order to appear in Mayor’s Court. If you wish to exercise your right to an attorney but have not had an opportunity to contact one before appearing in court, you may obtain a reasonable continuance of your case in order for you to contact an attorney. If you wish to exercise your right to an attorney but cannot afford one, you may be entitled to have an attorney appointed to represent you, free of charge, if you meet certain eligibility requirements.
When can I pay my citation without appearing in Mayor’s Court?
If you were cited for a minor misdemeanor, you can pay both the fine and costs without having to come to court. Call (513) 745-8554 between 7:30 and 4:00 Monday through Friday to find out the payout amount. Your ticket must accompany the payment and your ticket must also be signed on the back. Make the check or money order payable to the City of Blue Ash Mayor’s Court. Minor misdemeanors payouts can be paid by mail, in person, or over the phone at (513) 745-8554 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). If you pay by mail, please mail the payment to Municipal and Safety Center, Blue Ash Mayor’s Court, 4343 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242. If you pay in person, you may make the payment at the Mayor’s Court window or the Police Window (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) at 4343 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242. Payouts will not be accepted after 1:00 on your assigned court date.
If you choose to appear in court instead of paying the ticket in advance of court, the payout amount no longer applies. The Magistrate will determine the fine amount (not to exceed $150 for a minor misdemeanor) and costs will be added to that amount. Costs are the same amount whether you appear in court or pay the payout amount before court; only the fine amount varies if you choose to appear rather than payout.
If you are not paying out, then you must appear in court. Doing neither may result in a warrant for your arrest, your driver’s license being forfeited, and your vehicle registration being blocked.
What are the Methods of Payment?
Cash, Check, Money Order, Visa and Master Card. Credit card payments do not carry an additional charge. Credit cards are accepted over the phone 24/7 at (513) 745-8554. Do not send cash by mail.
What about Proof of Insurance?
If you did not have your proof of insurance with you at the time of the citation and were required by law to show proof of insurance, that proof of insurance must be shown either when you pay the citation or appear in Court. This proof of insurance must be effective as of the date of the citation. You should not pay by phone. Instead, you should mail proof of insurance with your payment or show proof of insurance to the clerk at the window if paying in-person.
What happens when I appear in Mayor’s Court?
As a defendant, you are entitled to be informed of the nature of the charge. If you do not understand the charge, please say so when your case is called. After being informed of the charge, you will be asked to plead either guilty, no contest or not guilty. Refer to the Mayor’s Court Operations pamphlet link below for definitions of pleas.
What should I do if I can’t be in court on my assigned court date?
You may obtain one continuance. To obtain a continuous, visit the Mayor’s Court office at 4343 Cooper Road and sign a time waiver. Mayor’s Court office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You must seek a continuance by 4:00 p.m. the day before you are scheduled to appear in court. The Mayor’s Court office does not grant continuances the day of court, although you may request one from the Mayor at your court appearance. You may also obtain a continuance by calling (513) 745-8554 and faxing a time waiver by 4:00 p.m. the day before you are scheduled to appear in court. If you obtain a continuance, the case will be continued until the next scheduled court date.
What should I do if I don’t have the payout amount?
If the minor misdemeanor ticket cannot be paid in full before the court date, you must appear in court. When you appear, inform the Magistrate that you do not believe you can pay the full amount of the fine. The Magistrate then has discretion to grant one continuance to allow you time to pay out the ticket. If the Magistrate grants you a continuance, the ticket must be paid in full before the date of your next appearance. If you do not pay in full before your next appearance, you must come to court on that date. At that time, you must plead guilty, no contest, or not guilty to the charge. If you please no contest or guilty and the court finds you guilty, the fine for the minor misdemeanor may exceed the payout amount. If you plead no contest or guilty and the court finds you guilty, you can pay the fine and court costs in full or you may pay a $50 minimum payment to begin a stay-to-pay payment plan. The stay-to-pay payment plan is explained more fully below.
Stay-to-Pay Payment Plans
Stay-to-pay payment plans are available for minor misdemeanor charges. As indicated above, if you appear in court and plead no contest or guilty and the court finds you guilty, you must pay a $50 minimum payment towards fines and courts costs to begin the payment plan. Under the payment plan, you are required to come to court once a month to make a $50 minimum monthly payment, unless the balance is being paid in full. If paying the balance in full, you can do so at the Mayor’s Court or Police window, by mail, or by phone.
What happens if I miss court?
The first time you miss court, a warrant for your arrest will be issued. This warrant can be cancelled by either paying the citation in full or going to any police department in Hamilton County and being recited, which means you will receive a new court date.
If you fail to appear in court on the recite date, a warrant for your arrested will be issued. This warrant can be cancelled by either paying the citation in full, posting a bond, or going to jail until a special hearing can be scheduled with the court.
When you miss court, a driver’s license forfeiture and vehicle registration block will be mailed to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles 30 days after your missed court date. The driver’s license forfeiture and vehicle registration block will not be released until all court-ordered fines, costs, and restitutions are paid in full.
What are the maximum possible penalties for Misdemeanor charges?
Minor Misdemeanor (MM) – maximum fine $150 plus costs
Fourth degree (M4) – maximum fine $250, plus costs, and/or up to 30 days in jail
Third degree (M3) – maximum fine $500, plus costs, and/or up to 60 days in jail
Second degree (M2) – maximum fine $750, plus costs, and/or up to 90 days in jail
First degree (M1) – maximum fine $1000, plus costs, and/or up to 180 days in jail
Where can I read the ordinance for which I was cited?
If you were cited to appear in Blue Ash Mayor’s Court, the Blue Ash Code of Ordinances is located at: www.blueash.com. Select the government tab across the top, then select the code of ordinances on the left side.
If you were cited to appear at the Hamilton County Municipal Court, the Ohio Revised Code is located at: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/
How can I find out how many points I have on my license?
Most moving violations carry 2 points however some carry more. The court reports traffic violations to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The BMV then decides the number of points assignable to the traffic offense. The court is not responsible for assigning points for moving violations.
You can obtain a copy of your driving record from the BMV by visiting www.bmv.ohio.gov. There you can obtain information about any license suspensions or any money owed to the BMV for reinstatement or other fees.
The local BMV reinstatement center is located at 10948 Hamilton Ave., 45231
What if I want a transfer to HCMC and/or trial by jury?
If you are charged with an offense that carries the possibility of jail time, you have the right to a jury trial and the right to an attorney.
If you wish to exercise your right to a jury trial, you must make a written demand for a jury trial not less than ten days before the trial date or on or before the third date following receipt of notice of the trial date, whichever is later. If you make a written demand for a jury trial in the time period outlined above, your case will be transferred to the Hamilton County Municipal Court in downtown Cincinnati and will be heard by a trial judge of that court. Please see the Mayor’s Court clerk to obtain the transfer form needed to transfer your case from Mayor’s Court to Hamilton County Municipal Court.
If you wish to exercise your right to an attorney but have not had an opportunity to contact one before appearing in court, you may obtain a reasonable continuance of your case in order for you to contact an attorney. If you wish to exercise your right to an attorney but cannot afford one, you may be entitled to have an attorney appointed to represent you, free of charge, if you meet certain eligibility requirements.
What if I want to appeal the Mayor’s decision?
You have the right to appeal this court’s decision to the Hamilton County Municipal Court. If you wish to appeal this court’s decision, you may obtain an appeal form from the court clerk. After you complete this form and return it to the clerk, your case will then be appealed to the Hamilton County Municipal Court and heard by a trial judge of that court. Under Section 1905.23 of the Ohio Revised Code, the appeal form must be returned to the court clerk within 10 calendar days of the judgment. If you are appealing this court’s decision, you should not pay any court-ordered fines, costs or restitution.
Municipal and Safety Building
Blue Ash Mayor’s Court
4343 Cooper Road
Blue Ash, Ohio 45242
Mayor’s Court Office Hours: Monday thru Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mayor’s Court Office window closes at 1:00 p.m. on court days
Closed: Holidays and weekends
Brenda Traxler, Court Clerk (513) 745-8554
Mayor's Court related downloads:
- Notice to Defendant
- Mayor's Court Operation Pamphlet
- 2018 Court Dates
- Overweight/Oversize Vehicle Permit Application (handled by Public Works Department)
Click here for information related to Hamilton County Courts.