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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers From an Akron Criminal Defense Attorney

If you've just been charged with a crime, then you may have a number of questions about your situation. Fortunately, I am available to answer any of your questions and discuss your case during your free case evaluation. Please don't hesitate to contact my office or submit an online form to get started.

Meanwhile, here are some answers to commonly asked questions. Take a minute to review them!

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What should I ask my criminal defense attorney at my first consultation?

Before you hire an attorney, there are certain questions you should ask:

  • How many successful cases have you handled?
  • Do you specialize in criminal defense?
  • In what associations are you a member?
  • Have you defended a case like mine before?
  • Are you in good standing with your state bar?
  • Do you have more than 5 years of experience?
  • Do you have any extra training in criminal defense?
  • How are you planning on defending me?

Will my case go to trial?

This all depends on your case. You can avoid trial through a few different methods.

  1. Convincing the prosecution to drop charges, because it isn't worth it
  2. Convincing the judge that the charges are invalid because they were not filed on legal grounds or there is too little evidence, in which case, the charges will be dismissed.
  3. Accepting a plea bargain in return for a concession, e.g. decreased charges or penalties.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and felony THEFT IN OHIO?

The main difference between the level of theft that you can be charged with is the value of the property or services you allegedly stole. If you are charged with stealing items or services worth less than $1,000, you will likely be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. You can still be charged with a higher degree of theft if the property was a firearm or drugs, or if the rightful owner of the property was an elderly person, individual with a disability, or service member. Theft that is charged as a felony again depends on the amount of items or services you stole. If the loss amount ranges from $1000 - $7500 it is a felony of the fifth degree. If it is more than $7500 it is a felony of the fourth degree, and so on. Once again, the potential penalties can be enhanced if a firearm is stolen or if the alleged victim was an elderly person.

Here are some examples of misdemeanors:

Here are some examples of felonies:

  • Murder
  • Grand theft
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Aggravated assault
  • Fourth OVI or Aggravated OVI
  • Sexual conduct with a minor
  • Breaking and entering

Have more questions?

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