The attorneys at Rittgers & Rittgers frequently represent people accused of crimes in Eaton Municipal Court. It is not uncommon for John R. Bernans and Neal Schuett to each have numerous cases pending in Eaton Municipal Court. Our Oxford office is quite close to Preble County and the Eaton Municipal Building. Our attorneys successfully resolve OVI, domestic violence, probation violation, and drug-related cases each year in Eaton Municipal Court. Whether you are seeking a plea bargain, bench trial, or jury trial, our attorneys have had success defending a varying degree of cases. Regardless of the type or level of offense, we would be happy to sit down and speak with you about your case.
Eaton Municipal Court Personnel
If you have a case pending in Eaton Municipal Court, it is important to familiarize yourself with the individuals who will be involved in your case. Presiding over the Court are Judge Paul D. Henry and Magistrate James W. Thomas, Sr. Both Judge Henry and Magistrate Thomas have had extensive legal careers and preside over the bench with fairness and civility.
The Preble County Prosecutor’s Office is run by Martin P. Votel. Mr. Votel has been in office since 2005. However, when your case is pending in municipal court, you will likely encounter Gractia Manning. Ms. Manning is the Chief Assistant Prosecutor and is frequently prosecuting cases in Eaton Municipal Court. The Preble County Prosecutor’s Office is found at 101 East Main Street on the First Floor of the Courthouse. If you have a case pending in Eaton Municipal Court or are a victim of a crime, the Prosecutor’s Office can be reached at (937) 456-8156.
Eaton Municipal Case Docket
If your case is pending in Eaton Municipal Court, it is important to understand the Court’s docket and schedule. Typically, Eaton Municipal cases are arraigned on Monday mornings at 8:30 am or 10:00 am. At arraignment, an attorney will enter an appearance for the defendant, enter a not guilty plea, and argue for a low bond. Depending on the defendant and the case, an O.R. bond is likely. O.R. bond means the defendant agrees to return to court for the next hearing without having to post a monetary bond.
If your case is not resolved by plea or having the charges dismissed, it will head into a bench or jury trial. In Eaton Municipal Court, jury trials are heard every Friday morning, usually around 9:00 am. If the defendant waives their right to a jury trial and elects for a bench trial, their trial would be on Tuesday or Friday morning depending on the Court’s schedule.
To access the criminal docket for Eaton Municipal Court, go to the above website and click on the link at the top of the page that says, “Public Access.” This will redirect you to a page in which you can look up your case by your name, case number, or even the Court’s schedule.
Clerk of Court Contact Information
Sharon McKee, Clerk of Court
1199 Preble Drive
Eaton, Ohio 45320
Hours of Operation: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday