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OVI at the Hamilton County Courthouse

Pay attention to the paperwork that you are given after the OVI arrest. It will tell you where you need to go for your first appearance. In Ohio, OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence) is the new term for DUI (driving under the influence).

We represent clients in Hamilton County in both Municipal and Common Pleas courts as well as in the numerous Mayor’s Courts of different Villages, Townships and Cities throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.


Hamilton County Municipal Courthouse

The Municipal Criminal Division is concerned with criminal cases whose maximum incarceration penalty is 12 months and maximum fine is one thousand dollars ($1,000). Offenses carrying greater penalties than these, such as felony OVI cases, are handled by the Common Pleas Criminal Court.

Hamilton County Municipal Courthouse - Criminal Division
1000 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

For many misdemeanor OVI cases after an arrest in Hamilton County, the court appearance will be in the Hamilton County Municipal Courthouse, 1000 Main St., Cincinnati, OH, or in Courtroom A or B in the Justice Center, 1000 Sycamore St., behind the courthouse.

The initial appearance on an OVI case might be in room 121 of the courthouse, if you have been cited to court or have made bond. If a bond needs to be set, the initial appearance on an OVI case might be in room A of the Justice Center.

If you were arrested for OVI in Cincinnati or the surrounding areas in Hamilton County, Ohio, then contact an experienced OVI defense attorney at Joslyn Law Firm. Call (513) 399-6289 to discuss your case.


Common Pleas Criminal Court

Felony OVI cases are prosecuted in Hamilton County's Common Pleas Criminal Court. The Criminal Division of Common Pleas handles all felony cases bound over to the grand jury and all grand jury indictments.

To find out the next court date for a felony case, contact the Common Pleas Assignment Commission at (513) 946-5930.


This article was last updated on Monday, November 16, 2015.