APPEAL FROM JUDGMENT ENTERED IN THE STOW MUNICIPAL COURT COUNTY OF SUMMIT, OHIO CASE No. 12 CRB 2548
J. REID YODER, Attorney at Law, for Appellant.
STACY MCGOWAN, Attorney at Law, for Appellee.
DECISION AND JOURNAL ENTRY
CARLA MOORE, Presiding Judge.
(¶1} Defendant-Appellant, Julie Hurd, appeals from her sentence and conviction as set forth in the September 11, 2012 judgment entry of the Stow Municipal Court. This Court reverses.
(¶2} After an alleged violent altercation with her teenage son, Ms. Hurd was charged with domestic violence in violation, of R.C. 2919.25, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Ms. Hurd was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the charge. She was released on bond with the condition of having no contact with children.
(¶3} The matter proceeded to bench trial, and Ms. Hurd appeared in court without counsel. Prior to beginning the trial, the court inquired as follows:
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Q. Ms. Hurd, you are here. I assume you're not an attorney?
A. Yes, Your Honor.
Q. You are an attorney?
A. I am without an attorney.
Q. And why is that? You choose to go to trial yourself?
A. No. I wasn't able to be here on time on Wednesday to apply for a ...