What Do I Do If... - FAQ
- What if I can't come to court?
- What if I don't know when I'm supposed to
come to court?
- How long will I be in court?
- What if I fail to come to court?
- What is Immobilization?
- How long will my vehicle be "Clubbed" or
- What is Wrongful Entrustment and is there an
- What does "Vehicle Forfeiture" mean?
- What is an SR22 Bond?
- What are Limited Driving Privileges and how can I get
- How do I file a Petition for Driving Privileges?
- How do I get a Vehicle Release from impound?
- What do I do if I want to find out my
probation officer name and phone number, my next probation
appointment date, or my restitution balance?
- I was involved in an accident and the other driver
did not have insurance. Will the Court order the other driver to pay
for the damage to my car?
- How can I get a copy of a court transcript?
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1. What if I can't come to court?
If you are:
- a DEFENDANT, contact your attorney or public defender
as soon as you know you cannot appear for a scheduled
court date. See Outside
Frequently Used Phone Numbers for the phone number
of the public defender's office.
- a DEFENDANT, without an attorney or public defender,
call the law clerk for the judge who is assigned your
case. You will need to have your case number available
when you call.
- a DEFENDANT, and you fail to appear for a scheduled
court appearance, an arrest warrant may be issued. See
Failure to Come to Court for more information.
- a PARTY in Small Claims case, contact the Small
Claims Office. See Frequently Used Phone Numbers.
- a WITNESS subpoenaed by the prosecuting attorney,
contact the Prosecutor's office. See
Frequently Used Phone Numbers.
- a WITNESS subpoenaed or asked to appear by the
defense attorney, contact the attorney or public
defender handling the case. See
Frequently Used Phone Numbers for the phone number
of the public defender's office.
2. What if I don't know when I'm supposed to come to court?
You should have received a
ticket, citation, subpoena or other paper telling you
where and when to appear. If you didn't receive anything
telling you where to appear or if you lost it, check
with your attorney about where and when to appear in
court. If you do not have an attorney, you can call the
s office. Case Information is also available on
the Toledo Municipal Clerk of Court'
s website at
Each day appearance lists are posted at the Clerk'
office, first floor. If you know the day and time you
are scheduled to be in court, but not which courtroom,
consult these lists to determine the correct courtroom.
3. How long will I be in court?
It depends, but in most cases, you will probably be
in the courthouse a substantial portion of the day to
take care of all possible matters.
4. What if I fail to come to court?
If you do not show up for a scheduled court
appearance in a criminal case, a warrant for your arrest
may be issued. If a warrant is issued and you are cited
for another crime or violation of the law, you may be
arrested and held in jail until court or you post bond
(bail). In addition, a warrant block may be issued which
will prevent you from renewing your driver'
s license or
your license plates.
5. What is Immobilization?
A vehicle can be immobilized when a driver/owner is cited for
driving with a Suspended Operator's License, Wrongful
Entrustment, or DUI/OVI. Immobilization allows
an impounded vehicle to be "clubbed" and then released from the
If the vehicle needs a court-ordered release, the owner of
the vehicle must report to the Toledo Municipal Clerk of Court.
The Clerk of Court is located on the first floor of the Toledo
Municipal Court. The owner's case file is sent to the License
Intervention Specialist, who will review the paperwork and
determine if the vehicle can be released or if it requires
If a vehicle can be released, the owner of the vehicle must
show proof of insurance to the License Intervention Specialist.
The owner will then get release paperwork to take to the impound
lot. The owner must show proof of ownership, proof of insurance,
and pay all towing and storage fees at the impound lot.
If immobilization is required, then the owner must pay a
$30.00 cash-only fee at the License Intervention Office. This
payment is non-refundable. On the next business day, a police
officer will lock a "Club" onto the impounded vehicle's steering
wheel. The owner can then have the vehicle released from impound
and towed to another location. The owner must show proof of
ownership, proof of insurance, and pay all towing and storage
fees at the impound lot before release. The vehicle cannot be
driven or sold during the immobilization period.
6. How long will my vehicle be "Clubbed"
or Immobilized ?
For second DUI/OVI offenses within six years, a
vehicle can be immobilized for 90 days.
A third DUI/OVI offense within six years can result in
For first Driving Under Suspension or Wrongful
Entrustment offenses within five years, a vehicle can be
immobilized for 30 days.
For second Driving Under Suspension or Wrongful
Entrustment offenses within five years, a vehicle can be
immobilized for 60 days.
A third Driving Under Suspension or Wrongful Entrustment
offense within five years can result in vehicle
7. What does Wrongful Entrustment mean and is there an immobilization?
The owner of a vehicle can be charged with Wrongful
Entrustment when the owner lets someone else drive their vehicle
and that other person a.) has no driver's license; b.) has no
insurance; or c.) is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If the driver lives in the same household and is related by
blood or marriage, then the owner of the vehicle can be charged
with Wrongful Entrustment. The vehicle will be immobilized for
30 days on the first conviction; 60 days on the second
conviction; and a vehicle forfeiture on the
If the driver is not related by blood or marriage and does not
live in the same household, the owner will be asked by the
Toledo Police Department DUI/SOL Unit to sign an affidavit
stating that s/he will not allow the driver to operate his/her
vehicles until the driver obtains a valid driver's license.
After signing the affidavit, the owner's vehicle can be released
from the impound lot. If the owner has previously signed an
affidavit, the vehicle cannot be released and will instead be
immobilized or forfeited.
The phone number for the Toledo Police DUI/SOL Unit is
8. What does "Vehicle Forfeiture" mean?
The court can order that a vehicle be turned over, or
forfeited, to the State of Ohio after a third DUI/OVI conviction
within six years or a third Driving Under Suspension or Wrongful
Entrustment within five years. Forfeited vehicles are sold at
auction and the money from the sale is retained by the City of
Toledo. The owner can request a hearing before the vehicle is
9. What is an SR22 Bond?
An SR22 Bond is a "financial responsibility insurance bond"
that is purchased through an automobile insurance company. Once
you have this insurance, your insurance company should file Form
SR22 with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to show that
you are now lawfully insured. Specific questions regarding the
terms and cost of your coverage should be directed to your
automobile insurance company.
10. What are Limited Driving Privileges and how can I obtain them?
Driving Privileges are a court-order that allows individuals
with a suspended driver's license to continue driving to work,
school, or medical appointments. If your license is suspended
because of a DUI charge, then you must see a judge to request
privileges. Anyone else seeking driving privileges can be
screened by the License Intervention Specialist. Final approval
is discretionary and is made on a case-by-case basis by a judge
or magistrate. General requirements:
- All reinstatement fees owed to the Ohio BMV must be paid.
- All outstanding fines and costs owed to this Court or any
other Court must be paid. Ohio BMV will not accept limited
driving privileges unless all license forfeitures and warrant
blocks are cleared.
- An SR 22 insurance bond must be on
file with the Ohio BMV.
- You have no more than two non-compliance suspensions within a
five year period.
- All security and judgment suspensions must be lifted.
- All child support suspensions must be lifted.
- All out of state suspensions must be lifted.
- Any additional requirement based on your unique circumstances
and driving record.
You will be given a list of what you must do if you are eligible
for driving privileges. Once you have completed all the
requirements, you can return to the License Intervention Office
to apply for the privileges. This includes providing paperwork
that shows the days and times necessary for limited driving:
- Work Privileges: A letter from your employer stating the days
and times you are scheduled to work. Check stubs or a print-out
of your work schedule are not accepted.
- School Privileges: A letter from your school verifying that
you are currently enrolled in classes along with a list of your
class days and times. A print-out of your class schedule is not
- Medical Privileges: A letter or statement from your physician
is required for medical treatment. Statements must list the days
and times you generally receive treatment.
11. How do I file a Petition for Driving Privileges?
are a resident of the City of Toledo and receive a
selection suspension or a 12-point Ohio driver's license
suspension, you must file a petition with the Toledo Municipal
Court to request driving privileges.
If you get a traffic
ticket which results in a suspended license, you can file a
petition to request driving privileges with either the Toledo
Municipal Court or the court of jurisdiction where the ticket
To file a Petition for Driving Privileges in the
Toledo Municipal Court, you must first be screened by the
License Intervention Specialist. The License Intervention
Specialist will review your driving record to determine if you
are eligible for driving privileges. See Limited Driving
Privileges information regarding general eligibility requirements.
you are eligible for driving privileges, you will be given a
Motion for Limited Privileges Form. The Motion for Limited
Privileges Form must be completed and filed with the Toledo
Municipal Court Civil Division. The Civil Division is located
in the basement of the Toledo Municipal Court. The cost for
filing the Motion is $107.00 (Note: The Civil Division only
accepts cash payments.)
12. How do I get a vehicle released from impound?
First, the owner of the vehicle must contact the impound lot
where the vehicle was towed in order to find out if a
court-ordered release is needed.
If the vehicle
can be released without a court order, then the
owner of the vehicle must go to the impound lot with the
following information: 1.) proper identification, 2.) proof of
insurance, 3.) proof of ownership, and 4.) payment for all
towing and storage fees.
If the vehicle cannot be released, then the
owner of the vehicle
must report to the Toledo Municipal Clerk of Court. The Clerk of
Court is located on the first floor of the Toledo Municipal
Court. The owner's case file is sent to the License Intervention
Specialist, who will review the paperwork and determine if the
vehicle can be released or if it requires immobilization.
13. What do I do if I want to find
out my probation officer name and phone number, my next
probation appointment date, or my restitution balance?
If you send a text message to the Probation Information Line
- 419-490-1842 - you will be sent a text message to your cell
phone with your probation officer's name and phone number, your
next appointment date, and any restitution balance.
information on this service, click here.
14. I was involved in an accident and the other
driver did not have insurance. Will the Court order the other driver to pay for
the damages to my car?
It depends. When a Court orders someone to reimburse an individual for losses related to
a crime or offense, this is referred to "restitution". The Court does not have jurisdiction
in all cases to order restitution. If the Court does not order restitution in your case, you can
take legal action to receive money for the damages caused by the accident. For more information
on how to recover money for damages click here.
15. How can I get a copy of a court transcript?
A transcript is an official, verbatim written record of what was said on a
given day or days in a court of law. To obtain a transcript of a trial or other court proceedings:
- STEP 1, Complete the Transcript Request Form and email it to Patricia Lindsey-Schmidlin, Chief Court Reporter (voice 419.245.1875) at email@example.com.
- STEP 2, Ms. Schmidlin or her delegate will contact you by phone within five (5)
business days with an estimate of the cost to produce the transcript and transcript payment instructions.
- STEP 3, You must then deposit, in cash, the estimated cost of the transcript before any work
on it will begin. When making payment, please have the exact amount quoted as no change will be given.
- FURTHERMORE, The normal rate - ten (10) or more business days to complete - is $2.75 per page. If you are filing
an appeal, there is an additional fee of $.50 per page to prepare a copy to accompany the appeal. If the transcript is to be prepared from
an audio / video recording of the proceedings, there is an additional $25.00 fee to locate and prepare the recording for transcription.
- STEP 4, Upon receipt of the deposit, the court reporter handling your request will contact you and provide an
estimated completion date. The length of time to prepare a transcript varies. It takes time to accurately prepare a transcript and court
reporters have normal in-court duties. You will not walk away with your transcript on the day it is requested. You may be able to negotiate
a more rapid turnaround of your transcript with the court reporter.
- STEP 5, The court reporter will contact you when your transcript is ready and make arrangements with you for pick up. Any refund or additional balance due will be
discussed with arrangements made for exchange of monies at the time of pick up.