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There is no denying the benefits of having a private criminal defense attorney working on your case. You likely feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the potential consequences when you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense.
At Dungan & LeFevre, our team has extensive experience handling various criminal offenses, including:
Theft crimes in Ohio often are charged as misdemeanors. However, depending on the value of the stolen property, charges could be increased to the felony level.
Examples of theft include:
Sex crimes carry some of the harshest penalties. It is critical to have a private criminal defense attorney working to help protect your reputation and your future when you have been accused of committing a sex offense.
Examples of sex crimes we are prepared to handle include:
Violent crimes are some of the most difficult to defend against due to their horrific nature. Most violent crimes are charged at the felony level.
Examples of violent crimes our criminal defense attorneys can take on include:
When you’re charged with white-collar crimes, you should take them seriously, even though they are not violent. White-collar crimes still have victims that will demand restitution.
Examples of white-collar crimes we can handle in Troy include:
Drug offenses can include a wire ray of criminal charges. The extent of your penalties will be based upon the classification of the controlled substance, the amount of drugs involved, and the type of drug in question.
Examples of drug crimes you may need to defend against include:
Protecting your child’s future is our top priority. There are many criminal offenses juveniles can face, including:
Certain types of criminal offenses may be eligible for expungement. Our criminal defense lawyers will analyze the details of your case and determine whether you meet the necessary criteria.
If you do, we could help you clear your record of the charges against you or your prior convictions.
You could face infractions or criminal charges for many driving offenses. Some include:
For severe crimes, you could be facing federal prosecution. You could receive federal charges if your criminal activity a) occurs in multiple states, b) happens on federal property, c) violated federal law, or d) affected citizens from other states.
You may even face extradition to another jurisdiction, especially if you’ve committed across state lines.
You could be charged with a federal crime even if you are technically following state law. If you’ve violated federal law, expect federal charges. You’ll be tried in a federal court system.
Examples of federal crime include:
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Thankfully, with a criminal defense lawyer working for you, you can rest easier knowing an assertive legal advocate is advocating for your liberties. Here are some of the ways our Troy criminal defense lawyers can help you:
Our firm is prepared to conduct in-depth investigations to uncover the evidence we need to introduce reasonable doubt. The prosecutor must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to obtain a conviction.
We can secure an acquittal if we can gather evidence to support your case to introduce reasonable doubt into the jury’s minds.
Our criminal defense attorneys are prepared to challenge the state’s case against you. We will intervene when the prosecution attempts to introduce inadmissible evidence.
The charges against you could be dropped if there is insufficient evidence to prosecute.
It would be best if you had a criminal defense lawyer with a good rapport with court officials and district attorneys.
Our team has worked with the local court system for years, so prosecutors may be more willing to consider pretrial diversion, plea bargains, or case dismissals.
There are two primary types of criminal charges you can face in Ohio. These are known as misdemeanor charges and felony charges.
Misdemeanor charges are categorized into “degrees.” Fifth-degree, or minor, misdemeanor charges are considered the least severe, while first-degree misdemeanor charges are the most severe.
However, misdemeanor charges are still less severe than felony charges. Felonies are also categorized into degrees one through five. Fifth-degree felonies carry the least severe penalties, while first-degree felonies carry much heavier penalties.
Your criminal defense attorney will work tirelessly to reduce felony-level charges to misdemeanor offenses wherever possible so you can avoid some of the more significant consequences of a conviction.
Your life could change if you are convicted of a criminal offense. In addition to the sentence you will receive from the court, you can also expect your life to change.
Criminal penalties will encompass the sentence imposed by the judge. The crimes you’re convicted of will determine your sentencing.
Examples of criminal penalties you could face include the following:
There are also collateral consequences after a criminal offense conviction. These describe how your life will be affected upon completion of your sentencing.
Examples of collateral consequences you need to know include:
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•How much is a local criminal defense lawyer?
Your criminal defense attorney can charge a flat rate, hourly fee, or work on contingency, depending on the specific details of your case.
When we discuss your case in your initial consultation, you can learn more about how much it will cost to hire our team.
•Can the police lie when questioning me?
Yes, police have the authority to lie to you while questioning you. They are building a case against a suspect.
You should always exercise your right to remain silent or ask for a lawyer to protect yourself.
•Should I answer law enforcement's questions?
No, it would help if you did not answer questions asked by the police. You might think you can settle the matter alone.
However, you may not know the whole picture. Anything you say can be used against you at trial.
Inform the police that you will be exercising your right to remain silent and contact your criminal defense attorney immediately so we can be by your side for police interrogation.