Ohio Criminal Law
Facing criminal charges can be a frightening situation because it can result in a range of undesirable consequences. One of the best ways to respond to this situation is to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. The longer that you wait to obtain a strong defense attorney, the more likely you are to end up facing negative consequences that last the rest of your life.
At Kruger & Hodges, our counsel knows how to create a strong legal strategy to help respond to a variety of criminal charges. Throughout the defense, we will remain committed to making sure that you receive the best representation possible. We have helped many people who have faced similar circumstances obtain positive outcomes, and we will put this experience to work for you.
Commonly Charged Crimes in Ohio
Our legal counsel can help defend individuals against a variety of criminal charges in Ohio, including the following:
- Aggravated assault
- Bank fraud
- Child pornography
- Disorderly conduct
- Domestic violence
- Drug trafficking
- Gun charges
- Hit and run
- Identity theft
- Insurance fraud
- Juvenile defense
- Marijuana possession and trafficking
- Probation violations
- Reckless driving
- Sexual battery
- Sexual contact with a minor
- Underage consumption
- Vehicular homicide
- Vehicular manslaughter
The Criminal Process in Ohio
If you are arrested and charged with a crime in Ohio, your case will likely result in some or all of these steps as outlined by Ohio’s Criminal Procedure law:
- Booking: After an arrest, law enforcement will take you to the police station where you will be fingerprinted, photographed, and asked personal information like your age and birthdate.
- Arraignment: After being charged with a criminal offense, you will make your first appearance in court. During this appearance, you will be informed of the charges you are facing and advised of your constitutional rights. You will also be asked to enter a plea to the criminal charge of not guilty, guilty, or no contest, which means you did not commit the crime but cannot prevail against the charges.
- Discovery: As part of this phase, your lawyer will request any evidence associated with your arrest including physical evidence and witness statements.
- Plea Bargaining: When the evidence against you is particularly unfavorable, your attorney might initiate a plea bargain, which offers incentives in exchange for pleading guilty.
- Preliminary Hearings: As part of felony cases, preliminary hearings involve the prosecution showing your lawyer the evidence that will be used against you.
- Pre-Trial Hearing: The prosecution and your lawyer during the pre-trial hearing will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each side, which could potentially lead to the re-negotiation of a plea agreement.
- The Criminal Trial: Your trial must be heard within a certain amount of time after being charged to make sure your constitutional rights are not violated.
- Appeal Process: If you are convicted of a criminal offense, you could potentially have this decision overturned through the appeal process.
Speak with a Criminal Defense Attorney Today
Our legal counsel has experience helping individuals throughout Ohio. After being retained, we will immediately begin to thoroughly analyze and investigate your case to determine the best way to respond.
We will remain committed to fighting for your rights. Sometimes, we can help people avoid criminal convictions entirely, while other times we able to help people obtain significantly reduce penalties. Contact Kruger & Hodges today to schedule an initial free case evaluation.