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Marion County Municipal Court

Marion County Municipal Court

233 W. Center Street  
Marion, Ohio 43302  
City Hall Building, 2nd Floor  
Phone: 740-387-2005  
Fax: 740-382-5274  
Email: court@marionmunicipalcourt.org

Honorable Judge Teresa L. Ballinger  
Amanda Fellows, Clerk

Marion County Municipal Court oversees a great variety of cases. The Marion County Municipal Court has jurisdiction over municipal ordinances, misdemeanor criminal and traffic matters, non-traffic misdemeanors, as well as certain stages of felony offenses. The Court oversees cases from throughout Marion County and it has the authority to hear the following kinds of cases:

  • Felony Cases – Initial Appearance / Preliminary Hearings
  • Misdemeanor Cases
  • Traffic and Parking
  • Violations Civil Actions – Up to $15,000.00
  • Small Claims Actions Administrative Appeals – Up to $6,000.00

See a list below of cases which could be heard in Municipal Court:

Traffic Charges

  • OVI 1st Offense
  • OVI 2nd Offense
  • OVI 3rd Offense
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Unauthorized use of a vehicle
  • Driving under suspension
  • Driving with an expired license
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving under FRA suspension
  • Fictitious license plates
  • Driving without a license

Other Misdemeanors

  • Domestic Violence
  • Assault
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Petty Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft
  • Complicity to theft
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Possession of drugs
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Obstructing official business
  • Criminal damaging
  • Sexual imposition
  • Inducing panic
  • Discharge of a firearm in prohibited area
  • Criminal mischief
  • Disorderly conduct while intoxicated
  • Child endangering
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

In criminal misdemeanor and traffic misdemeanor cases, the Municipal Court in Marion County conducts all stages of a misdemeanor criminal or traffic proceedings including jury trial and sentencing if there is a conviction. Ohio Municipal Courts have restricted jurisdiction that allows them to only hear certain types of cases. For some types of cases, like felony offenses, only preliminarily hearings are heard in the Municipal Court.

The Judges preside over civil, criminal, and traffic cases which then conduct jury or bench trials. In jury trials, the judges interpret the law and the jury determines the factual matters. In non-jury trials, the Judges must interpret the law and determine the facts. The Judges conduct criminal arraignments and preliminary hearings on felony cases, set bond on criminal charges, issue search warrants, and can then impose sentences when a Defendant is found guilty of a traffic or criminal charge. The Judges oversee civil cases where the amount in controversy is $15,000.00 or less.

Marion County Service Area

If you or a loved one reside in the following areas in Marion County we can serve you for any matter at the Marion County Municipal Court. Marion County Cities, Towns, Townships, and other locations:

  • Marion
  • Caledonia
  • Prospect
  • Waldo
  • Morral
  • Larue
  • New Bloomington
  • Green Camp

Marion County Zip Codes:

  • 43302
  • 43301
  • 43314
  • 43315
  • 43322
  • 43323
  • 43326
  • 43332
  • 43335
  • 43337
  • 43341
  • 43342
  • 43344
  • 43356
  • 44833
  • 44849

Need an Attorney for Marion County Municipal Court?

After an arrest or detention for a criminal offense in Marion County, Ohio, contact an attorney who is experienced in fighting for your rights in Municipal Court.

It is important to remember that throughout this process, your rights must be protected. While our criminal defense attorney in Delaware will advise you on the facts, law, and anticipated outcomes, the decisions must ultimately come from you. These rights include:

  • To accept or reject any proposed offer of dismissal, amendment/reduction or plea bargain;
  • To take the stand at trial and testify on your own behalf; and
  • To allow the case to go to trial, or accept a plea offer.

The Law Office of Brian Jones can assist you with with any felony, misdemeanor traffic offenses, and non-traffic misdemeanors heard at the Marion County Municipal Court. We will walk you through Arraignment, Discovery, Pre-Trial, Motions, Trial, Sentencing, Appeals, and other Post-Conviction options. We understand the Municipal Court and how cases are conducted, also we have a good report with the staff, judges and other attorneys. For more information (CLICK HERE).

Contact our team now for more information about how our dedicated criminal defense attorneys can serve you. 

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