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The City Attorney’s Office fulfills the City’s legal needs, serving as counsel to City Council, the City Manager, City departments, and various boards and commissions, in areas that include: code compliance, economic development, elections law, labor negotiations, human resource laws, zoning and land use, procurement and contracts, safety force issues, public records, telecommunications and taxation.


The office prosecutes misdemeanor criminal and traffic offenses in Upper Arlington Mayor’s Court and Franklin County Municipal Court, as well as delinquent municipal taxes, and oversees the Upper Arlington Probation Division, as well as various mediation and diversion programs.

PROBATION OFFICE

The purpose of the Probation Office is to monitor those placed on probation after being convicted of a misdemeanor offense. When an adult is given a suspended jail sentence in the Upper Arlington Mayor’s Court, he/she is placed on probation for a period of time determined by the Court. Conditions of probation may include, but are not limited to, community service work, counseling, and alcohol/drug treatment. The Probation Officer reviews the rules and special conditions with the probationer and monitors and verifies compliance with the Court ordered conditions and rules. The Probation Officer also arranges the community service assignments and placements, and verifies completion of the required work. Additionally, those placed on probation are required to check in with the Probation Officer on a regular basis. Should a probationer violate any rules of probation, fail to comply with any Court ordered conditions, or commit any new offenses, he/she is required to return to Court. The Court may, at that time, continue the person on probation with the same conditions, change the conditions, or revoke probation and re-impose any portion, or all, of the original sentence.

For information regarding probation through the Franklin County Municipal Court System, please see the resources listed below.

DIVERSION PROGRAMS

Criminal Diversion Program

The criminal mediation/diversion program is set up to assist with the processing of criminal cases. These cases may include charges that have already been filed or may be filed. There are also cases that are quasi-criminal in nature but include facts that would best be resolved outside the court system. The purpose of mediation/diversion is to come to an agreed settlement and not to argue the facts of the case.

Domestic Violence Diversion Program

We believe some of these cases are best resolved outside the criminal justice court system, where it is apparent that remedial steps can be taken to rectify the circumstances that gave rise to the incident. In some cases, it is believed a better outcome can be reached for all parties by allowing an alleged offender to participate in a domestic diversion program, provided the case meets a strict set of criteria for admittance to the program.

Environmental Diversion Program

The environmental mediation/diversion program assists with the processing of environmental/code violations. These cases may include charges that have already been filed, or may be filed. The goal is to come to an agreed settlement to avoid any further court action/involvement.

Traffic Diversion Program

The traffic diversion program assists with the processing of traffic cases. Admittance to the program is at the discretion of the prosecutor. If the prosecutor does not place a case in diversion, there is no appeal process. The program’s goal is to come to an agreed settlement and not to argue the facts of the case.

JUVENILE PROGRAMS

The purpose of these programs is to handle first time juvenile offenders within our community and prevent formal charges from being filed against them in the Franklin County Juvenile Court. Successful completion of the program by a juvenile means he/she has no criminal/traffic record. Failure in the program results in formal charges being filed. By allowing first time offenders to participate in either juvenile diversion program, it is hoped that further delinquent behavior will be prevented, and problems identified and treated early. The program benefits the child, his/her family, the schools, and the community.

Juvenile Criminal Diversion Program

The Upper Arlington Juvenile Diversion Program (UAJDP) handles first-time juvenile offenders who have committed criminal offenses within the City of Upper Arlington. The goal of UAJDP is to help juveniles avoid further involvement in crime, and/or inappropriate behaviors, by providing them with an understanding of the consequences of criminal behavior, and helping them learn to cope with life in a more appropriate manner. Admittance to the program is at the discretion of the Upper Arlington Police, the City Attorney, and/or the UAJDP Program Coordinator. The following factors may be considered for admission into the program: defendant’s prior record; aggravating circumstances involved in the crime; the police officer’s objection or request for diversion. If the Police, the City Attorney, and/or the UAJDP Program Coordinator decide not to place a case in diversion, there is no appeal process.

Juvenile Traffic Diversion Program

The Upper Arlington Juvenile Traffic Diversion Program (UAJTDP) helps juveniles avoid further traffic violations, involvement in crime, and/or inappropriate behaviors, by providing the juveniles with an understanding of the law and the consequences of violating the law. Admittance to the program is at the discretion of the Upper Arlington Police, the City Attorney, and/or the UAJTD Program Coordinator. The following factors may be considered for admission into the program: defendant’s prior record; aggravating circumstances involved in the stop; the police officer’s objection or request for diversion. If the Police, the City Attorney, and/or UAJTD Program Coordinator decide not to place a case in diversion, there is no appeal process.

VICTIMS' RIGHTS

Victim Assistance Program

Domestic violence is perhaps the most insidious of all crimes. Committed by a family member, a loved one, someone familiar to the victim, the crime has a ripple effect in that everyone in the household and others are impacted. Fear can prevent the crime from being reported. “It won’t happen again,” or “I asked for it,” are often repeated by victims who deny the impact violence has in their lives.

As soon as a Domestic Violence incident is reported, the Upper Arlington Victim Assistance Program begins. See Victim Assistance Program under Resources for more.

Marsy's Law

Ohio voters overwhelmingly passed Marsy’s law at the November 2017 election, granting victims specific rights in the criminal justice system. See Ohio Crime Victims information under Resources for more.

FAQs

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You may have an attorney represent you at trial if you wish, but you do not have to have one present.

Contact the Police Division at 614-583-5150.

If the matter is a pending case, you need to file for discovery. If the matter is completed you may obtain a copy through our public records requests process with the City Clerk’s Office.

These are private civil matters. Her are links to services that may assist you: Franklin County Municipal Court Civil Division at 614-645-7220 or Franklin County Municipal Court Clerk at www.fcmcclerk.com

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The City Attorney does not personally represent individuals, only the City.

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Your subpoena should have contact information and the case number. You are required to appear pursuant to the subpoena.

For all City of Upper Arlington public record requests for Police or Mayor’s Court records, please visit Records Request – Police & Mayor’s Court on City Council – City Clerk web page. For Franklin County record requests you may visit www.fcmcclerk.com or www.fccourts.org.

Contact the Police Division at 614-583-5150.

You should contact the Finance Department at 614-583-5291.

Browse the City Codes section for property maintenance violations. Or contact the Building & Planning Department at 614-583-5070.

The prosecutor will be able to discuss your case with you in court. If you need to contact the prosecutor, call 614-583-5020. Have your case number available.

It is always best to work out issues related to neighbors in a positive manner. If you have exhausted positive communication methods, the City has a mediation program that may assist.

We advise you to seek legal guidance concerning property rights. If you have a concern about a dangerous tree, please contact the Parks & Forestry Division at 614-583-5340.

The City does not regulate signs by content. Temporary signs placed in the City’s Right of Way may be impounded by the City. Browse our City Code for further information.

Browse our City Code for further information.

You should contact the Police Division at 614-583-5150 and review their page for further information.

You may call the Probation Officer with appointment and scheduling questions at 614-583-5022.

For City of Upper Arlington Court Cases check case numbers here. Or contact the Franklin County Municipal Court Clerk at www.fcmcclerk.com.

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