Mayor's Court

Fines & Fees

   

Mayor's Court -- Fines and Fees

Trenton Mayor’s Court
(updated 01/30/2012)

Court costs are $85.00 and are due at the time of your court appearance.  If you do not appear on your scheduled court date, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.

  Speeding Citations – Sec. 434.03 are as follows
0-11 MPH over is $35.00 plus $85.00 cc = $120.00
12-15 MPH over is $40.00 plus $85.00 cc = $125.00
16-20 MPH over is $45.00 plus $85.00 cc = $130.00
21-25 MPH over is $50.00 plus $85.00 cc = $135.00
26-30 MPH over is $55.00 plus $85.00 cc = $140.00
31-34 MPH over is $60.00 plus $85.00 cc = $145.00
35 MPH OVER MUST APPEAR IN COURT - BOND $170.00  

  Other waiverable offenses:
Safety Belt - Driver - $30.00 plus $85.00 cc - $115.00
Safety Belt - Passenger - $25.00 plus $85.00 cc - $110.00
Safety Restraint - Child - $25.00 plus $85.00 cc = $110.00
Stop Sign - $85.00 plus $85.00 cc = $170.00
Expired Registration - $50.00 plus $85.00 cc = $135.00
Traffic Signal - $85.00 plus $85.00 cc = $170.00
Railroad Crossing Gate - $85.00 plus $85.00 cc = $170.00
Assured Clear Distance w/insurance $85.00 plus $85.00 cc = $170.00
Bench Warrant - $50.00 per case (for failure to appear)

  Traffic citations you must appear on:
Driving Under Suspension – FRA, Child Support, Drug Offenses, Failure to Reinstate
Fictitious Tags/Registration
No Operator’s License

  General Code Violations you must appear on:
Disorderly Conduct w/ or w/o public intoxication
Underage Consumption
Drug Abuse – Use or Possession
Drug Abuse Instruments and Paraphernalia
Theft
Consumption in Motor Vehicle
Criminal Trespass
Assault
Bad Checks
Harassment in Telecommunications
Menacing and Aggravated Menacing

  Helpful hints to prepare you for court:

Bring your proof of insurance if you did not show at the time of the citation.  If you do not show for your court date, a warrant for your arrest will be issued, and an additional $50.00 will be added to your fine/court costs.


  Financial Responsibility Information
It is the law in the State of Ohio that everyone must provide proof of insurance when asked by a law enforcement officer. If you did not provide proof to the officer at the time of your stop, you must bring proof to your court appearance or when you pay your fine if a payable citation, or within 10 days after your court appearance. 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 license being suspended for a minimum of 90 days through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and will require you to pay a reinstatement fee to receive your valid operator's license.


  Ticket Payment Options
If your ticket is a first or second traffic offense within a year, you may pay out these citations to the court clerk during normal operating hours. You must pay your ticket by the court date listed on the ticket. If you have received a third moving violation within a year, you must appear in court. It will be marked on your traffic citation as a ‘Personal Appearance Required”.

      Mail
     1. Include your ticket, signed on the reverse side.
     2. Make your check or money order payable to Trenton Mayor’s Court for the
          total amount due. (do not mail cash)
     3. Include a copy of your proof of insurance if it was not shown to the police officer.
     4. Mail to: Trenton Mayor’s Court, 11 East State Street, Trenton, OH 45067-1439

      In Person
Payments are accepted at the Clerk of Court’s window if paid by credit card (Visa or MasterCard, or to the cashier if paid by cash or check, 11 East State Street, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

      Night Drop Box
Payments may be placed in the city’s (white) night drop box located in the rear of the Historical Building located in our parking lot. This box is opened every morning.

       Payment by Fax (Visa or MasterCard only).
Your fax transmission must include the following:
     1. Completed Visa/MasterCard form below
     2. Copy (front and back) of ticket with your signature
     3. Proof of insurance (if valid proof was not shown to the police officer).
Select the “Payment by Fax” form in the links box and print. Fax information to 513-988-5777 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)

 

      Arraignment
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.

      
Statement of Rights

As a defendant, when you appear in Trenton Mayor’s Court, you should know your basic rights:

The law requires this court to bring you to trial within thirty days of the date you were charged.

You have the right to have a lawyer here at any time, and you may have a case continued to get a lawyer.

If the charge you are facing carries a possible jail sentence, the Court will appoint a lawyer at no cost to you if you cannot afford to hire one.

If the charge you are facing carries a possible jail sentence, you have the right to a jury trial.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can be used against you.

The maximum penalty you can receive if you are convicted If this is a traffic case, you also may also loose the right to drive for some time and have points added to your driving record.

You have the right to remain free on a reasonable bail while your case is awaiting trial.

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.


 
      Appeal after a Trial or Final Disposition
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.

Listed below you will find the Maximum Penalties for Misdemeanors.

Misdemeanor               Maximum                 Maximum
Classification                 Jail Term                   Fine

M1 First degree 6 months $1,000.00
M2 Second degree 90 days 750.00
M3 Third degree 60 days 500.00
M4 Fourth degree 30 days 250.00
MM Minor No jail term 150.00

 


In the event that you are convicted of a Traffic Offense or Drug Offense with a suspension, a record of that conviction will be sent to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and will become a part of your driving record.

Driving Record on line, or requirement for reinstatement of driver’s license
www.bmv.ohio.gov  or www.dps.state.oh.us   Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Change of Address for your driver’s license and plates   
www.oplates.com