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Criminal Defense Lawyers

An experienced criminal defense attorney is essential in assisting you to navigate through the criminal legal system. Your attorney will protect you and your rights in your case. She will give you legal advice, explain your charges, and develop a strategy for you. Your attorney will investigate all the evidence and witnesses to develop the best course of action for you. She will be at all court hearings from bail to sentencing and when necessary, will challenge the evidence and witnesses. Your attorney will negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor providing you with the best possible outcome. If unresolved, she will provide you with the best defense at trial using all the evidence and witness testimony. At sentencing, your attorney will present mitigating factors to lower the penalties.

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How Much Do Criminal Defense Lawyers Cost?

Depending on the case, criminal defense attorneys charge by different methods. In an hourly fee, the attorney will charge by the hour. In the United States, the average hourly rate in 2023 was $211.00. This rate can vary depending on the intricacies of the case. That rate can range from $100.00 to $400.00 an hour. Another method is the flat fee. Under that arrangement, the client prepays the legal fee. Once paid, the attorney can not charge an extra fee. This method is usually used for a specific hearing or in a straightforward case.

How To Choose a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

When faced with a criminal charge, retaining an experienced criminal attorney is necessary. Understand your charges confirming which court will hear your case. Seek an attorney locally through friends, family, or other lawyers. Look online at websites for detailed information including profiles and reviews. Does the attorney have a proven track record in handling cases like yours? As criminal cases are stressful, find an attorney you get along with. Understand her fee structure and payment options. At the initial meeting, discuss her experience, availability, and goals making sure she effectively communicates with you.

Misdemeanors Offenses Under Ohio Law

In the state of Ohio, misdemeanor charges are less severe than a felony. They still carry punishment for certain misdemeanors. The levels of misdemeanor charges go from a minor misdemeanor to a misdemeanor of the first-degree. Minor misdemeanors are the lowest offense with only fines imposed. The highest offense, a first-degree misdemeanor, carries a maximum sentence of 180 days and a bigger fine.

Felony Offenses Under Ohio Law

Felony offenses in Ohio range from a first-degree felony, the most serious, down to a fifth degree felony. Here are the sentencing parameters for each degree

  • First-degree felony: Up to 3 to 11 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
  • Second-degree felony: Up to 2 to 8 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
  • Third-degree felony: Up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Fourth-degree felony: Up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
  • Fifth-degree felony: Up to 12 months in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.
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