Criminal cases heard in the Portsmouth 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 Scioto County Common Pleas Court for final disposition.
Failure to Appear
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 driver’s license and registration, and suspend your driving privileges
until the case is concluded.