The state must prove your case beyond a reasonable doubt. Choose a lawyer that will force them to do their job.
You only have one shot at the direct appeals process. It is important that you have a lawyer that understands the process and can produce results.
Post conviction is a generic term for litigation that follows a guilty plea or a trial. It includes what is commonly known as the appeal. This is where you raise all of the errors that occurred on the record. The record includes all of the motions filed by your attorney and ruled on by the judge. It also includes everything that was taken down by the court reporter.
A petition for post conviction relief is a bit different than an appeal. It deals with things outside of the record. This means anything the prosecution may have done that didn’t make it into the record. This also means anything your lawyer didn’t do.
Habeas corpus is one of the remaining holdouts in our criminal justice system from the Magna Carta. It is a civil action against the warden of the prison to force him to show that the person in his care is not being held in violation of his constitutional rights. The person requesting it must first have the state court review the violation and then the federal court will check the work of the state court. The state courts analysis must be unreasonable for the great writ to issue.
Clemency is the act of forgiving a convicted person, granted by the governor. You file an application with the parole board. They investigate the application and write a report. After the report is written the parole board will meet and vote. They will then send the recommendation to the governor. He will then investigate thru his deputy counsel and make a decision.
“This rag of scarlet cloth…on careful examination, assumed the shape of a letter. It was the capital letter A…. It had been intended, there could be no doubt, as an ornamental article of dress; but how it was to be worn, or what rank, honor, and dignity, in by-past times, were signified by it, was a riddle which…I saw little hope of solving.” – The Scarlett Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Introductory at page 30
No offenses in the history of modern man have signified the Scarlett Letter more than sex crimes. Anyone convicted of these crimes face societal ridicule, constant police intervention in their lives, and a mark that robs them of jobs, housing and happiness.
When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” – Genesis 4-10.
Cain killed his brother for jealousy. God placed a mark on him forever. Being charged with a violent crime can be difficult time for anyone. A person has lost their life or been hurt and the police believe that you did it. You need someone to fight to clear your name.
College can be a wonderful experience. When you party too much and get arrested you need a lawyer that can save your educational career.
Drugs have taken over the state of Ohio. If you find yourself caught up in this war on drugs, you need a lawyer who will help you.
A conviction for a theft offense will make it difficult to find a good job. Employers want people that they can trust. You need a lawyer who will fight to protect your future.
By far the most common interaction people have with the criminal justice system is through a traffic ticket or citation. They are cited and either pay the ticket or chose to have a judge determine if they were in the wrong. Most people will inquire whether or not it is worth it to hire an attorney to fight a traffic matter. Accidents or moving violations can have an effect on your insurance and it is up to the person to decide if the cost is worth the savings to their insurance and to their clean driving record. Our office handles traffic matters all over Ohio.
Another common offense are those related to alcohol. Whether you drank too much and drove home from the office Christmas party or were caught using a fake ID, our office has handled cases related to drinking.
We provide high-quality criminal defense from arrest to trial. We also represent people after they have been convicted. There are many services beyond the basics that we provide to our clients:
Being charged with a crime is a scary process. You are taken from a safe environment and placed in a loud, foul smelling building of bars and bricks. You are ordered when to eat. You are ordered when to go outside and you are ordered when to sleep. The only person you see besides your family is your lawyer. This person should be compassionate. They should keep you well informed and guide you through the process. And they should fight for you.
Each criminal case starts with the filing of a charging document. This is a complaint in a misdemeanor case and an indictment in a felony case. Either way the state must bring you in front of a judge within a reasonable time. The judge will ask for a plea. You should always enter a plea of not guilty. This has nothing to do with your guilt or innocence. You are telling the judge and the prosecutor that you wish to see all of the evidence against you, you want to challenge any illegal searches or seizures, and you want to present evidence to the decision makers (prosecutor and judge) of mitigation or of your innocence. If you plead guilty, you admit all the accusations and can take advantage of none of those things.
This graph shows which parts of the process we can help you with the most. Ideally, you will have a lawyer to guide you through the entire process but it is never too late (or too early) to hire a lawyer.
The great state of Ohio is a big place. There are eighty-eight counties and countless small towns and cities. Our firm has traveled from Toledo to Ironton, Cleveland to Cincinnati, and everywhere in between.
The firm has practiced in numerous counties throughout Ohio and is always willing to travel to new ones.
We offer low flat rates for misdemeanor cases in Franklin and Delaware County. Not sure if your case qualifies? Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you figure it out. For all other types of cases, we can work with you to figure out your needs and find the right price. We do our best to make sure legal services are affordable.