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Criminal Defense Lawyers

A criminal defense attorney is vital in helping you navigate the complex criminal legal system. Once retained, your attorney will protect your rights throughout the legal process. She will provide you with legal advice, an explanation of the charges and consequences, and provide you with a strategy for the best course of action. She will thoroughly investigate the case by gathering and reviewing the evidence, talking to witnesses, and looking at all the legal defenses. Your attorney will attend all court hearings from arraignment to sentencing. Throughout, she will challenge all the evidence and cross-exam witnesses. Your attorney will negotiate with the prosecution to obtain the best plea bargain of reduced charges and get you the best outcome. If a plea bargain is unacceptable, she will present the best defense at trial using all the evidence and witnesses making legal arguments throughout. At sentencing, your attorney will seek leniency by arguing mitigating factors to lower the penalties.

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How Much Do Criminal Defense Lawyers Cost?

Criminal defense attorneys have different ways of charging their clients. One method is hourly. In an hourly arrangement, they will charge anywhere from $100 to $400 depending on the complexity of the case. In the United States, the average rate in 2023 was $211.00. A second method is called a flat fee. Under this arrangement, the client will pay a set amount before the attorney will handle the legal matter. Once paid, there will be no other charges. This fee is usually used for a simple case or a specific hearing such as a plea bargain or sentencing.

How To Choose a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Choosing the right criminal defense attorney is essential when charged with a crime. Fully understand the criminal charges you received. Will you be in state or federal court? Look for an attorney in your area. Ask friends, family, or other attorneys for a referral. Research online websites for leads. Websites will provide profiles and reviews. Look for an attorney with a proven track record in handling cases like yours. As criminal cases are stressful, locate an attorney you are comfortable with. Discuss the fees and payments options. Make sure the attorney effectively communicates with you. Discuss their experience, availability, and strategy at the initial consultation.

Misdemeanors Offenses Under Ohio Law

Misdemeanors are a category of crime under Ohio law that are less severe as felonies but still the punishment for certain criminal activity. In Ohio, misdemeanor offenses are based on severity from minor misdemeanors to misdemeanors in the first-degree. Minor misdemeanors are the least serious offenses, with a maximum fine imposed and no jail time. The most serious misdemeanors are first-degree misdemeanors. These offenses can carry a maximum jail sentence of 180 days and a larger fine.

Felony Offenses Under Ohio Law

In Ohio, felony offenses range over five degrees of culpability. The most serious offense, a first-degree felony, carries a sentence of up to 3 to 11 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. A second- degree felony carries a sentence of up to 2 to 8 years and a fine of up to $15,000. A third, fourth, and fifth degree felonies carry a sentence of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 for a third degree, up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.00 for a fourth degree, and up to 12 months in prison and a fine of up to $2,500 for a fifth degree.
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