You may visit the criminal division during the office hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. The phone number is (419) 352-5263, extension 2 for the Clerk's Office, then extension 1 for the Criminal Division.
Criminal cases heard in the Bowling Green Municipal Court are misdemeanor charges that carry a maximum incarceration period of twelve (12) months and a maximum fine of $1,000. Offenses carrying a greater penalty (felony charges) may initially be handled in this court until a probable cause hearing is held. If probable cause is found, the case will be sent to the Wood County Common Pleas Court for final disposition. There are several "degrees" of criminal offenses. The degree of the offense you are charged with will usually determine whether or not you must appear in court. While most criminal offenses do require a court appearance, some minor misdemeanor offenses may be concluded by paying a predetermined amount called a "waiver". In those instances, the case is considered concluded upon receipt of the waiver amount.
costs are a minimum $90.00 for all cases (including charges that can be
waived). In some cases
there may be additional fees charged.
The deputy clerks can not reschedule or continue any type of court hearing over the telephone at any time.
What to expect when you arrive at court, and general information on the arraignment process is explained.
This table will give you the maximum fine and jail time that may be imposed.
Failure to appear in court as required will result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest and the court will notify the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles of your failure to appear. The BMV will withhold the issuance or renewal of your driverís license and registration, and suspend your driving privileges until the case is concluded.
METHODS OF PAYMENT
Payments can be made by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, debit card, money order, certified check, personal check (up to $500), or cash. You may FAX a payment to us by providing a legible copy of your credit card, and a signed authorization by yourself for a specific dollar amount. Along with a copy of your credit card, please also write the credit card number and expiration date on your FAX. Be sure to include the case number that you are making a payment on, or the front and back of the signed waiver slip that you are paying.
Some minor misdemeanor offenses may be concluded by paying a waiver amount and not appearing in court.