As your Cleveland criminal defense lawyer, we’ll fight to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your felony or misdemeanor case. We’ll prepare for trial, negotiate with prosecutors for a plea agreement, or present your case to a judge and jury.
Criminal charges are serious, and the severity depends on whether you’re being charged with a felony or misdemeanor.
Ohio law classifies a misdemeanor as a criminal offense that can be punished by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to six months in jail. The penalties for a misdemeanor will vary depending on the type of misdemeanor you’re facing:
Felony convictions in Ohio have more serious consequences than a misdemeanor conviction, with the following punishments:
Murder and aggravated murder charges carry extreme sentences of 15 years to life and life with possibility of parole respectively.
Depending on the crime that you commit, you’ll also face a variety of collateral consequences. In some cases, your criminal conviction will prevent you from voting. In other cases, you may be barred from practicing your profession, or even from owning a gun. You may even face deportation if you’re not a U.S. citizen.
The charges will go on your permanent record, which may also make it difficult to get a job, receive security clearances, make you ineligible for federal aid, push your insurance rates high or require you to register as a sex offender.
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Our criminal defense attorney knows how to navigate Ohio’s legal system to ensure that your constitutional rights are upheld. You don’t have to, nor do you want to, take on a criminal charge without an expert by your side.
We handle a wide range of criminal cases, including but not limited to:
We have the experience juveniles and adults need when facing misdemeanor or felony charges in Cleveland or across the state of Ohio.
Your case deserves the attention of an attorney that will use the law to protect your rights. We’ll develop a defense strategy that offers the best chances of having charges dismissed, lowered, or changed to a lesser charge.
Your criminal charges are serious, but they only tell a small part of the story. We’ll use the details surrounding your case to determine what the best course of action is for you.
A few of the defense arguments we may employ are:
Having a criminal background can cause your life to be negatively impacted in several ways. A conviction of either a misdemeanor or a felony can impact your freedom as well as your finances, through incarceration, required probation, and court fines and fees. A felony conviction will appear on criminal background checks, impairing your ability to purchase firearms or to vote. It can also make it difficult for you to find a job or secure housing, as potential employers and landlords also have access to criminal background checks.
Let our Cleveland Criminal Defense Lawyer help you understand your legal options and provide answers to the questions you have about your case.
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Facing criminal charges? Worried about what the criminal process will look like? If you are unsure of what to do next and need help navigating Ohio’s laws, contact The Botnick Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.
Your future is at stake. Call us now to get the help you deserve. An experienced Cleveland criminal defense lawyer can help get you through this.
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The process to charge someone that’s been accused of a crime begins with an arrest. If the police have reason to believe that someone has committed a crime, the accused can be taken into custody. Police will usually start by asking basic questions like name and address to identify a person, and then they’ll often pivot to more specific questions related to the incident. At some point during this, you should have been read your “Miranda warnings.”
You have the right to remain silent to avoid disclosing evidence that could potentially be self-incriminating, as well as the right to an attorney to defend you in court. Those are your unwavering rights that must be recited upon taking someone into custody. Take note of when these rights are read to you, as it could be helpful information for your attorney.
When you’ve been taken down to the station, police will fingerprint you and get your photograph to update their records. Once this is done, you should be granted the opportunity to contact your criminal defense lawyer. If you don’t have a lawyer, get a loved one to book a consultation with a lawyer on your behalf. It’s important that you do NOT disclose any details about your case over the phone with your loved ones, as those calls are monitored.
After you’ve made it through the booking process, the police may begin conducting their investigation with you. Depending on the situation, this might include a personal search, collecting samples, interviewing/interrogating, police lineups, etc.
You’ll be held at the station until you can be brought before a judge. The initial court appearance will happen within 48 hours or less of the arrest. Here, the judge will review the case and decide if there’s any reason to keep you in holding or if bail can be granted. If bail is granted, you’re allowed to be released upon certain conditions.
Depending on the seriousness of your allegations, you may have a preliminary hearing at which a judge can determine whether enough evidence exists to charge you with that level of crime. You’ll be able to plead “guilty” or “not guilty.” If you plead not guilty, your case will be sent to trial. You may get the opportunity to enter a plea deal. That’s something your attorney will advise you on.
In the discovery stage, the case against you is made much more transparent. The prosecutor will share the evidence they have against you with your defense attorney. During this time, your attorney can make additional requests for evidence if need be. All of the evidence on the table will be considered, and your lawyer will work with you to form the best plan for your defense.
If a plea deal is unable to be reached, the case will enter trial. During the trial, the prosecutor begins by presenting the case to the jury. They share any evidence they have against you and have witnesses make their statements for the prosecution. This can be tough to sit through. Afterward, it’s your lawyer’s turn to take the stands and share your side of the story. Your lawyer can question the prosecutor’s witnesses and all of the evidence that was used against you. There are many different strategies that your lawyer will use to defend you during the trial.
In a best-case scenario, you will have been found not guilty by the end of the trial, and the charges against you have been dropped. If you are found guilty, the judge must determine what your sentence/penalties will be. The sentencing will happen at another hearing, usually a few weeks after your trial ends.
You should reach out to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Whether you have already had charges filed against you, or if it has been made clear to you that there is an investigation under way, the sooner you can have a criminal defense attorney on your side, the better your chances at a favorable outcome in your case.
A criminal defense lawyer (either a private lawyer or a public defender appointed by the court) is responsible for fighting for the rights of the accused. They will research and investigate the facts and evidence against their client, and work to find the best way to defend them against the charges.
Always. In order for your criminal defense lawyer to fight for your rights, they need to know every detail of the truth surrounding the charges against you. Remember that client-attorney privilege exists and that the job of a defense attorney is to fight on your side.
We have successfully represented clients across Northern Ohio. If you are facing criminal charges, we can help you too. Don’t delay. The district attorney is building their case against you right now.
The Prosecutor will not take your charges lightly — Will you?