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Can I Go to Jail for Simple Assault Charges in Ohio?

Yes, you can go to jail for simple assault charges in Ohio. Avoiding that penalty is possible by proving your innocence or reaching a plea deal to a lesser offense. 

  • 2019-06-10
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Understanding Weapons Crime Charges

The term “weapons charge” covers a lot of alleged criminal activities. Police and courts treat each very seriously, and even just having a knife or gun within reach while allegedly committing a crime can turn a potentially bad situation much worse.

  • 2018-06-08
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Ohio Criminal Offense Penalties

The surest way to learn what penalties you may face when charged with a crime is to consult with a Columbus criminal defense attorney. Your lawyer will use their knowledge of state statutes, local ordinances, and experiences with helping defendants in similar circumstances to give you a clear picture of what a conviction or plea deal could mean.

  • 2016-12-27
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Charges for Receiving Stolen Property

Ohio law enforcement considers receiving stolen property an act of theft and fraud. That is, even though a person accused of receiving stolen property did not steal anything or illegally deprive anyone of anything of value, the legal system treats the person as a thief or a perpetrator of fraud.

What Counts as a Crime?

Here is what section 2913.51 says specifically about the alleged offense: “No person shall receive, retain, or dispose of property of another knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that the property has been obtained through commission of a theft offense.”

  • 2016-09-15
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How You Can Find a Good Criminal Defense Lawyer in Columbus, Ohio

Hundreds of criminal defense lawyers practice in and around Columbus, Ohio. Finding the one who can best represent you does not need to be a challenge, but it does require doing some research. And you definitely do need a good attorney. Ohio courts impose harsh penalties for criminal convictions.

  • 2019-04-05
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Top 3 Things to Look for When Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you get charged with a crime in central Ohio, you have many choices for a criminal defense attorney in Columbus and throughout Franklin County. You can find a good lawyer to advise and represent you by answering three questions.

  • 2018-02-20
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Fraud Charges and Their Penalties in Ohio

Ohio law treats fraud as both a kind of theft and as a method for committing theft. Penalties for fraud include jail time, large fines, and restitution. Importantly for anyone charged with fraud, a conviction requires proving to a judge or jury that the accused defendant intended to defraud someone or to steal money or property in a fraudulent manner. Working with an experienced Columbus Ohio criminal defense attorney can help prevent a misunderstanding over ownership or permission to escalate into a criminal record.

  • 2016-11-22
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How to Seal Your Criminal Record in Ohio

The process for sealing criminal and arrest records in Columbus Ohio includes multiple steps and is punctuated by a hearing before a judge. Still, fighting through all the obstacles can make it much easier to pursue a rewarding career, secure loans, and take advantage of educational opportunities.

  • 2019-02-28
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Is Drunk Driving a Criminal Offense in Ohio?

Ohio, like every other state, treats driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs as a traffic and a criminal offense. The severity of the alleged crime depends on several factors, including whether a person has previous convictions for drunk or drugged driving and whether driving under the influence led to a crash that inflicted injuries or caused deaths.

 

With some exceptions, the categorization of drunk driving charges in Columbus, Ohio looks like this:

  • 2017-08-25
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5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Columbus Criminal Defense Attorney

You have hundreds of choices for criminal defense attorneys in and around Columbus, Ohio. Hiring the one who is best able to advise and represent you can make all the difference between avoiding an unfairly harsh penalty and serving a maximum sentence.

The Maher Law Firm understands we won’t be the right defense lawyer for every potential client. Still, we want every individual who gets charged with a crime in central Ohio to receive the best defense available. To help make sure that happens, we outline five types of questions every criminal defendant should ask an attorney before hiring him or her.

  • 2016-11-08
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