Federal Criminal Law

Only certain crimes can be charged in Federal Court. The crime must be a federal crime, or a crime that took place on Federal property. For example, here in Dayton, if you are charged with a DUI at the base it would be in Federal Court. Federal rules and procedure is very different from the way things are handled in State courts. The penalties are oftentimes much more serious as well. If you are charged with a federal crime, or being investigated by a federal agency you should immediately contact an experienced attorney to counsel you.

Our attorneys have handled numerous cases in Federal courts. We are licensed in the Southern District of Ohio as well as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. We have successfully resolved major drug cases. We have also resolved other types of cases; including child pornography cases, tax evasion, RICO, wire fraud, and numerous state crimes on federal property. We have successfully vacated multiple life sentences after they were imposed in federal drug cases. If facing federal criminal charges please contact us to set up an appointment to discuss your options.


In Ohio any case that carries with it the potential of prison for six months or more is a felony. There are numerous felonies. Everything from murder and rape to theft and drug possession are felonies. A felony carries significant penalties that will stay with you forever. Not only is there the possibility of spending time in prison, but it will also impact your ability to obtain employment, your ability to own a firearm, and your ability to vote. There may be conditions imposed on you in lieu of prison, or once you are released that still restrict your freedom. Felonies may carry life in prison in some circumstances.

Our attorneys have handled felonies of all kinds. We have handled murder cases, sex crimes, felonious assaults, domestic violence, engaging in a patter of corrupt activity, drug possession and drug trafficking cases, kidnapping, theft, grand theft, theft in office, identity fraud, possession of a hoax weapon of mass destruction, and virtually every other type of felony. We have handled felonies in Montgomery, Greene, Clark, Champaign, Miami, Darke, Warren, Butler, Highland, Clermont, Preble, Hamilton, Shelby and Ross Counties.

If you are facing a felony charge you should promptly contact an attorney with experience to help advise you and guide you through the process. Feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss your options. Our initial consultation is free of charge.

Violent Crimes

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.

Felony DUI

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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