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Changes At The Kettering Municipal Court

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The Kettering Municipal Court has undergone some major changes in recent years.  The retirement of Judge Thomas Hanna and the passing of Judge Robert Moore created two new positions that have been admirably filled by Judge James Long and Judge Frederick Dressel.  Judge Long was the long-time prosecutor in that court and Judge Dressel served for many years as the Kettering Municipal Court Magistrate.  This gives them a depth of experience and a knowledge of the Court’s history and culture. For more information about the Kettering Municipal Court, visit there web site [here]. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Important phone numbers are Clerk: (937) 296-2461 and Judges: (937) 296-2466.

If you find yourself facing an OVI charge in the communities of Centerville, Kettering, Moraine and Washington Township, your case will be heard in the Kettering Municipal Court. I have been defending people accused of DUI in this court for over twenty years. 100% of my practice is devoted to DUI defense.  I have amassed more credentials than almost anyone in my field and I have been recognized as a “Leading DUI Attorney” by both Car & Driver Magazine and Time Magazine.  In addition to multiple awards, I have been a speaker and advocate for issues related to DUI defense.  I invite you to visit my biography page to learn more about my practice and about me.  Hiring an attorney is the first and most important part of defending your DUI case.  I am available 24/7 at (937) 776-2671.  If you need to schedule a free consultation, please contact (937) 318-1384 or 888-769-5263.

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Do You Have A Warrant In The Kettering Municipal Court?

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Do you have a warrant at the Kettering Municipal Court?

You can view public records, including warrants, HERE at the Court’s website or you can contact the Clerk’s office at (937) 296-2461.

If you do have a warrant, it is in your interests to contact an attorney immediately.  You attorney will arrange to bring you promptly before the court to address the underlying issue and talk to the court about having the warrant cancelled. If you choose to handle the matter without an attorney you can walk in any time, however, 9:00 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday is the optimum time to discuss your case with a Kettering Municipal Court Judge.

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Kettering Municipal Court – What Do I Plead?

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On its site, the Kettering Municipal Court offers an explanation of the three possible pleas you may enter in your case.   The court states as follows:

Pleas You May Enter and Your Rights Under These Pleas

You may choose to enter any of these pleas when you appear before the Judge:


By pleading NOT GUILTY, you are denying the charge. The prosecution will be required to prove its case against you beyond a reasonable doubt at a trial. THE TRIAL WILL BE SET FOR A LATER DATE.

If the offense you are charged with carries the potential for jail time as a possible sentence, you can demand a jury trial. If you desire a jury trial, you must file a written jury demand no less than ten (10) days prior to the date set for your trial, or on or before the third day following receipt of notice of your trial date, whichever is later. Failure to file a written jury demand waives your right to a jury trial, and your trial will be heard by a Judge.

If you are charged with an offense that carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment for one year in jail, your case will automatically be set for a trial to be heard by a jury, unless you sign a waiver of that right.

At the trial, you have the following rights:

  • You have the right to be represented by an attorney.
  • You have the right to request in writing that subpoenas be issued by the Clerk of Court to compel the attendance of witnesses on your behalf at trial.
  • You have the right to testify or not testify in your own defense. Under the Constitution, you are not required to give testimony against yourself. However, if you do take the witness stand, you may be subject to cross-examination by the Prosecuting Attorney.
  • You have the right to cross-examine witnesses testifying against you.
  • You have the right not to make any statements, nor take the witness stand, unless you choose to do so.


The plea of GUILTY is a complete admission of your guilt. If you plead guilty, you will be permitted to give a statement or explanation to the Judge before the sentence is imposed.


The plea of NO CONTEST is not an admission of your guilt, but is an admission of the truth of the facts alleged in the complaint or citation, and the plea or admission shall not be used against you in any pending or subsequent civil or criminal proceeding.

Charles M. Rowland II offers information about OVI charges in the Kettering Municipal Court at www.KetteringOVI.com and www.KetteringDUI.com.  If you need to speak to an attorney about your Kettering OVI case, please call me at (937) 318-1384. I’ve appeared in Kettering since 1995 and I know that I can help you out.

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Mandatory Appearances In The Kettering Municipal Court

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Some people who are charged with an OVI in the Kettering Municipal Court think that they can skip their first appearance. This is not the case.  Many traffic and some criminal citations are payable in the Clerk’s Office and do not require a court appearance in front of the judge. These are called “waiverable” citations. You can choose to appear before the judge on your court date for these citations. Or, you can choose to waive your right to a hearing in court, plead guilty and pay your costs and fines for these citations in the Clerk’s Office. Waiverable citations must be taken care of on or before your court date. Your court date is listed near the bottom of your citation.

Other offenses are considered “non-waiverable” – meaning that you must appear before a Judge. Some of the most commonly-cited “non-waiverable” offenses include:

  • Indictable felony offenses.
  • Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any drug of abuse, or permitting another person who is under the influence of alcohol or any drug of abuse to operate a motor vehicle owned by the defendant or in his custody or control.
  • Reckless driving where charged under Kettering Ordinance as a fourth degree misdemeanor.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident.
  • Driving under suspension/revocation or without a license when jail is a possible penalty.
  • Failure to stop and remain standing upon meeting or overtaking a school bus stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging a school child.
  • Willfully eluding or fleeing a police officer.
  • Passing a stopped school bus.
  • Drag racing.
  • Drug-related offenses with the exception of public intoxication M-M and M-4.
  • All speeding citations which are for 36+ miles per hour over the posted speed limit.
  • Wrongful entrustment.

The jurisdiction of the Kettering Municipal Court includes the Cities of Kettering and Centerville or Washington Township.  In addition, the Court handles criminal offenses and some traffic offenses which occur in the City of Moraine. If you were cited in Moraine, your ticket will tell you where to appear.

slider-call-nowIf you find yourself facing an OVI charge in the Kettering Municipal Court, do not miss your court date. If you need to speak to an attorney immediately, please call Charles M. Rowland II at (937) 776-2671. You can also visit KetteringOVI.com for more information about the Kettering Municipal Court.


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Kettering Municipal Court Statistics Show Drop In Cases

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The Kettering Municipal Court appears to have experienced a significant reduction in the number of cases it is handling.  According to statistics HERE, the number of cases heard has dropped from 17,369 in 2013 to 15,819 in 2014.  But that does not tell the whole story.

Despite the drop in total number of cases, criminal cases are up. The court dealt with 2,707 criminal cases in 2013 and saw that number rise to 2,876 in 2014.  Similarly, civil/small claims filing rose from 1,219 to 1,364.  The drop looks to be a reduced traffic docket.  Traffic cases dropped from 13,443 in 2013 to 11,579 in 2014.

Compared to many local municipal courts this is bucking a trend.  As the economy has improved, many jurisdictions have been able to hire/re-hire law enforcement officers. The increased officers means more patrols which leads to more cases.

Kettering Municipal Court serves a population of approximately 117,000 and has jurisdiction over Washington Township and the Cities of Centerville, Kettering and Moraine.

If you need to speak with an attorney who regularly handles OVI cases in the Kettering Municipal Court, contact Charles M. Rowland II at www.KetteringDUI.com, www.KetteringOVI.com or at 937-318-1384.