Yes, we accept filings by fax, except we cannot accept an original complaint.
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If you have been cited with Distracted Driving, per HB 95, the fine amount for your ticket will be an additional $100.
For information on the Ohio BMV Driver Training Court for Distracted Drivers [ORC 4511.991], refer to the Ohio BMV website: https://www.drivertraining.ohio.gov
Please note: If you plan to complete the Distracted Driver Training Course, you must notify the Court prior to your arraignment date.
You can go to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles website and obtain an unofficial copy of your driving record.
Visit the costs, deposits, and fees page to check out the current court costs.
If you are scheduled for a Court appearance and you are legitimately and unavoidably detained (for example, if you are a truck driver and you are out of state), file a written request for a continuance with the Clerk's office. File the request before your court date. You may fax this request to the Court at 330-335-2723.
Your request will be reviewed and ruled upon by the Judge. If your request is granted, you will be notified of your next Court appearance by mail. Make sure the Court has a proper phone number and mailing address.
If you do not show up for a scheduled court appearance for a criminal or traffic case in municipal court, you should expect a warrant to be issued for your arrest. This warrant is called a Capias and usually has a bond amount stated within the document. Once you are arrested, the bond must be posted to secure your release from jail. In order to avoid the issuance of a Capias, please see the next question. A Capias also can be expected if you do not pay the fine and do not show up on the date ordered by the court.
You should know that once a Capias is issued, the Clerk of Court can notify the BMV. The BMV in turn blocks the person's driver's license and vehicle registration issuance/renewal, and assesses the person a $15 fee. If you missed a court appearance or failed to pay a fine for a criminal case and think a Capias may have been issued for your arrest, you should immediately call your attorney, if you have one. In any case, you may call the Clerk of Court's office at 330-335-1596 to determine whether a Capias has been issued and the amount of any bond. The clerk's office should be able to give you instructions on how to post bond or otherwise respond to the Capias.
Your failure to appear for a scheduled appearance for a civil case can result in the case being dismissed if you filed the complaint, or a default judgment being rendered against you, if the suit was brought against you.
Failure to appear in court can lead to your arrest and incarceration. If you cannot appear in Municipal Court, do as many of the following as soon as you can:
Please keep in mind that the Judge decides whether an arrest warrant is issued for your failure to appear, whether you are granted a continuance, or whether some other action is taken because you failed to appear. In appropriate cases, sanctions for failure to appear may include a person being prohibited from getting a driver's license, license plates or transferring a vehicle. Taking some action to inform court authorities you cannot appear will almost certainly be better than doing nothing at all. Please note that a request for a continuance must be in writing and may be sent as a fax to 330-335-2723.
Some court costs are required by the State. Mostly, court costs are required because every traffic citation or criminal complaint which is filed with the court must be entered into the court's computer system, and every document filed in each case must be put in a file, which the Clerk of Court is required to keep as a public record. This work must be done and the paper work is generated regardless of whether or not you appear.
The jurisdiction of the Wadsworth Municipal Court is more than just the city of Wadsworth. Check out the jurisdiction of the Municipal Court.
There are no facilities at the court to keep children occupied, so please make arrangements for your children to be taken care of when you have to come to court.
The defendant is under the supervision of Lake Erie Interlock and Home Arrest, Inc., but remains in their own house instead of being incarcerated in the Medina County Jail. The defendant wears an electronic monitoring device to ensure compliance. The defendant pays for the cost of this program.
Lake Erie Interlock and Home Arrest, Inc, requires a $50 installation fee and charges $12 per day with an alcohol monitor, $9 per day without an alcohol monitor, and $10 per day for a cell unit.
The types of Bond are as follows:
If you post a bond for someone and you want to make sure you (and only you) can get the money back, make sure you are named on the receipt as the person who posted the bond. If you are not named and the receipt is written in the name of the arrested person, that person will be able to use the money toward his fine and costs and the balance will be refunded to the arrested person. Your money will not be refunded until the case is completely finished. That could take several months.