For as long as most can remember, the City of Toledo had been bearing the incarceration costs of defendants arrested by Toledo police for misdemeanors such as drunken-driving, domestic violence, theft, and assault. Those costs were legally the responsibility of Lucas County.

Representing the City of Toledo, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice and current Special Partner at Crabbe, Brown & James Andy Douglas successfully argued at the trial and appeals court levels that Lucas County must bear the cost of housing individuals charged with or convicted of state law misdemeanors in Toledo Municipal Court. On June 6, 2018 the Ohio Supreme Court declined to weigh in on the issue.

The result has saved the City of Toledo over $35 million dollars thus far, and will result in $12-15 million dollars in savings per year moving forward.

This result is already garnering media attention in Toledo and around the State of Ohio. See