Violent crimes in Ohio can range from a assault charges (felony and misdemeanor), domestic violence charges (felony and misdemeanor), murder charges, and aggravated robbery. There are certain defenses that an experienced attorney knows how to uncover and present.
The attorneys at Deal & Hooks have handled a number of violent criminal cases and successfully resolved them either before trial, at trial with a not guilty verdict, or post trial at the appellate level. We have structured our website to discuss some of the more commonly charged violent crimes in more depth.
Whether its your first time getting a ticket or if you have been stopped multiple times there is very little that is as frustrating as an officer stopping your car and you leaving with a ticket. Traffic matters can be as serious as a DUI or a hit and run case, or as small as a stop sign violation. It is best to know what defenses, if any, you have available to you before you go to court. Some traffic offenses can carry serious penalties beyond mere monetary fines. Some offenses can carry jail time, loss of your driving privileges, increased insurance premiums, or other ramifications that are long lasting.
Our attorneys have experience handling everything from a speeding ticket trial to a more serious felony DUI or hit and run case. Additionally, we have successfully tried cases in multiple courts. They know how each of the courts operate and can advise you on what to expect. They have experience in reviewing discovery to determine whether there are valid defenses, and in negotiating with the prosecutors to reach satisfactory outcomes for their clients when no defense seems apparent. We have tried cases successfully to both juries and to judges.
Our attorneys approach with their clients is to be thorough in looking at the State’s discovery and talking over what defenses exist. They will go over all possible outcomes; including what he thinks the most likely outcome will be. After giving their recommendation they will discuss options and aggressively represent you to try to obtain your goals.
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There are various degrees of assault under Ohio law, which can constitute misdemeanors or felonies depending on a number of factors. The most serious is felonious assault. These cases are an assault where either a deadly weapon was used or which resulted in serious injuries. The most serious is an assault on a police officer which is a first degree felony, otherwise felonious assault is typically charged as a second degree felony. These cases carry a presumption of prison and a sentence of anywhere from 2-8 years. In order for the State to meet its burden it must show that a person intentionally acted in a way to injure another either by using a deadly weapon (which is a very broad term) or that resulted in serious injuries (again a very broad term). There are some defenses available, such as self defense, defense of others, or that it was an aggravated assault brought on by special circumstances. An experienced attorney can identify what issues may be present and develop a strategy for resolving these cases.
Aggravated assault is a fourth degree felony. It is essentially the same as felonious assault, only that the incident was brought on by the heat of the moment or some other aggravating circumstance which would make it less serious than a typical felonious assault case.
Finally, there is normal assault. This is a misdemeanor of the first degree and can result in six months in jail and a $1000 fine. These are cases where a fight occurred and someone either intended to cause physical harm or threatened to cause it. There is no requirement that it be serious physical harm for an assault charge to be brought against you.
It is important that you contact an attorney if facing any of these charges. Aside from the typical penalties these offenses may have other long-term consequences that could jeopardize your ability to work, obtain a job, carry a firearm, coach a child’s team, and many other things.