Warren Municipal Court
If you have been ticketed for a traffic violation or charged with a misdemeanor offense in Warren, Ohio, the matter will be addressed in Warren Municipal Court. It has jurisdiction over the City of Warren, Warren Township, Howland Township, and Champion Township.
|Judge(s)||Thomas P. Gysegem and Terry F. Ivanchak|
The court handles traffic offenses, misdemeanor crimes, and preliminary felony charges. It also handles civil claims up to $15,000 and small claims court.
Court Process Information
If you have been ticketed for a traffic violation or charged with a misdemeanor offense in Warren, Ohio, contact Luftman, Heck & Associates right away. Our team handles cases in the Warren Municipal Court and is well versed in the local courts in Ohio and Northern Kentucky. We have handled cases before Judges Thomas P. Gysegem and Terry F. Ivanchak before and can prepare you for what to expect.
When you are facing a traffic ticket or misdemeanor charge, you should not try to handle the situation yourself. You have the right to an attorney and could have an experienced Warren criminal defense attorney by your side.
Criminal Charges in Warren, OH
The Trumbull County prosecutor is Dennis Watkins. His team is made up of 10 attorneys, two investigators, and three administrative staff members. The prosecutor’s office is known for aggressively handling criminal accusations. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, your case will go through the Warren Municipal Court. However, if the prosecutor’s office believes you may be charged with a felony, it may convene a grand jury. Your initial hearing may go through the municipal court. However, if felony charges move forward, your case will take place in the common pleas court.
Traffic Tickets in Warren, OH
If you are ticketed for a traffic offense in Trumbull County, then your case goes through the Warren Municipal Court. Depending on the offense, you may have the option to simply pay a fine. Your appearance in court is not required. However, bear in mind that paying a traffic ticket is akin to pleading guilty. You are admitting fault, which will place that offense on your driving record. In addition to the fine, you may acquire driver’s license points. Once you have too many points, you could lose your license for six months or more. Instead of automatically paying a fine, you can work with a Warren criminal defense attorney to fight the ticket. Criminal defense lawyer Brad Groene can also represent you when you must appear in court for a serious traffic crime, like drunk driving.
Advice on Attending a Warren Municipal Court Hearing
At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we are in courtrooms across Ohio and Northern Kentucky on a consistent basis. We are used the particular rules and customs of courtrooms, though we understand most people are not. If this is your first time in a courtroom, you may be anxious about the experience.
Here are a few tips that we believe may improve your experience in Warren’s municipal court:
- Plan ahead for the trip: At least one week before your court hearing, you should know where the courthouse is and how long it will take to get there. You should know how you will get there, such as if you will drive, someone will drive you, or whether you will take public transportation or a taxi. You should have taken the time off work or hired a babysitter.
- Dress appropriately: There’s no need to go out and buy a new outfit for court or to dress conservatively. However, the courtroom is not a casual place either. Jeans, leggings, shorts, t-shirts, and tank tops are not appropriate. You should wear a business casual outfit, something you may wear to a job interview.
- Do not bring weapons: You may be used to carrying a knife or pepper spray. You may have a concealed carry permit. You need to make sure you leave any and all weapons at home – they will not be allowed in the courthouse.
If you are unsure of how the court hearing will go or what you should do, call Warren criminal defense attorney Brad Groene. He will use his knowledge of Warren local court rules and his experience to tell you what to expect that day at court and your role at the hearing. With Brad by your side, he may do most of the talking, which can greatly ease the anxiety of appearing in court.
Hire a Warren Criminal Defense Attorney to Represent You
If you are facing criminal charges in Warren, OH or elsewhere in Trumbull County, you should contact our Cincinnati criminal defense law firm today. By hiring the right attorney, you improve your chances of having the charges dropped, dismissed, or reduced. If misdemeanor or felony charges move forward, then you improve your chance of obtaining a positive outcome to your case or reducing the consequences of a conviction.
If you have been charged with a crime and your court appearance is approaching, do not hesitate to contact attorney Brad Groene. He has years of experience handling traffic and criminal cases throughout Ohio and Northern Kentucky. He will travel to you and to the court handling your case. He will be available to you 24/7, so that you never have to worry. He is always there to answer your questions and address your concerns.