Criminal Cases

If you are facing criminal charges that carry the possibility of jail time you have a constitutional right to an attorney. It is important that you have effective representation when you are facing the potential loss of your freedom. You need someone who knows how to evaluate defenses, deal with the court system and the prosecutors, and advocate for you. If you have not yet been charged, but are facing an investigation it is important to consult with an attorney before giving any statements. A good attorney may be able to resolve the matter without a defendant being formally charged.

Our attorneys have experience handling a wide variety of cases, both felonies and misdemeanors, throughout various courts throughout Ohio. They have handled murder cases, drug cases, possession and trafficking cases, RICO cases, theft, robbery, felonious assault, assault, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, crimes, rape, gross sexual imposition, sexual battery, menacing, domestic violence, possession of a hoax weapon of mass destruction, complicity, conspiracy, and many other cases in both State and Federal Court.

Mr. Hooks is certified to handle death penalty cases by the Ohio Commission on the Appointment of Counsel for Indigent Defendants in Capital Cases. Additionally, Mr. Deal was honored with an award for his work in handling Montgomery County felony cases by the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in 2009.

Our attorneys have experience handling all types of criminal cases and know how to deal with the police, prosecutors, court staff and judges. If you are facing criminal charges you need to be sure you have an experienced attorney leading the way.

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.