GAHANNA, Ohio (WCMH)– Weaving your way through the court system may be tough. Fighting a ticket can be rougher. Here is the information you need to help you either pay or contest your ticket.

Payment Options

Should you want to pay the fine and move on with your life, the information you need is below. The city offers three ways to pay.

  • Click Pay your fine online
  • Mail: You may send payment through the mail with a personal check or money order made payable to the City of Gahanna. Sign the back of the ticket and enclose it with your payment
  • In-Person: you may appear at the Violation Bureau at 200 South Hamilton Road and pay your ticket in person

Proof of insurance

If you need to show proof of insurance, you may send a copy in the mail or email it to at the same time as / or before making payment of the ticket. Please
be sure to include your name and ticket number so that it can be applied to the correct case.

According to the Ohio Bar Association, you need to know a number of things before pleading guilty to a charge. The list below is not strictly for traffic citations.

  • What are the maximum jail time and fines that can be imposed?
  • What are the court costs I’ll have to pay?
  • Do I have to pay restitution to the victim?
  • How long do I have to pay the fine and court costs?
  • Is the prosecutor making a sentencing recommendation and, if so, what is it?
  • What is the mandatory minimum sentence for the offense I’m pleading guilty to?
  • Will this offense be a “prior” for purposes of enhanced sentencing in future criminal or traffic cases?
  • Is there a license suspension or are points associated with my being found guilty of this offense?
  • Do I have to maintain any sort of special insurance or equipment as a result of my plea?
  • Does pleading guilty affect my ability to qualify for government programs and/or student aid?
  • Might I be put on probation or community control and, if so, for how long? What will the terms of probation be?
  • Will I be required to register as a sex offender as a result of pleading guilty?
  • Will I be unable to vote or restricted from possessing a firearm as a result of my guilty plea?

Gahanna traffic fines

Here’s the link to the fines for traffic violations.

Speed (less than 20 miles over the limit)$115
Traffic control devices$115
No operators license-expired$115
Expired registration plates/Improperly displayed$95 to $115
General operation offenses$115
Fail to control$115
Handicapped parking$290
Child restraint$100
Seat belt Driver$80
Seat belt passenger$70

Contest the ticket in court

According to law firm Tyack Law’s, you can get the ticket dismissed. Here are a number of options:

  • Contest the officer’s evidence
  • Provide just reason for speeding or violating another traffic law
  • Prove incorrect information on the ticket
  • Defend yourself in court if the officer doesn’t show up
  • Prove you’re enrolled in a driving course

There are benefits of contesting the ticket. If you pay the ticket, you are admitting guilt. If you choose to show up in court, you have a chance to get a smaller fine or the charge dropped. Since you’re not a lawyer you may want to hire one.

When you get to talk to the judge, you will plead “not guilty.” No, this is not lying even if you know the ticket is legit. This is the state’s burden to prove that you are guilty. Therefore, by law, you are innocent. This is a time where you can ask the judge to appoint you a lawyer if you cannot afford one.

If you can afford a lawyer, a simple search on the internet will find you a lot of lawyers who can defend you in court. Of course, your search can also begin with the Ohio Bar Association by clicking here.

According to Joslyn Law Firm, you can ask for your case to be transferred to the county court. This can happen by simply asking for a jury trial.

Transferring your case can impact the outcome significantly, so you should always carefully discuss your options with a skilled defense lawyer. If you properly appeal the decision of a Mayor’s Court magistrate, your case will automatically transfer out of that court and will be heard by a municipal judge.

Joslyn Law Firm Website

Gahanna Mayor’s Court schedule:

Mayor’s Court is administered by an appointed magistrate and cases are hard each Thursday according to the following schedule.

8:30 AM-Criminal and Traffic Arraignments, Cases requiring interpreters
-Prisoner hearings
9:30 AMCriminal and Traffic Arraignments
10:30 AMPre-trials
1:00 PM-Pre-trials with Attorney representation
-Hearings- Fine/Cost, Expungement
2:00 PMTrials