Delaware Criminal Attorney
Serving the People of Delaware and Central Ohio
Facing a criminal accusation can turn your world completely upside down causing confusion and stress. In those initial moments after an arrest, it may seem as if you have no place to turn. We want to offer our legal services to you for any and all criminal matters as we are knowledgeable at handling both misdemeanor and felony cases.
Never speak to a law enforcement officer, doctor, witness or anyone else involved in the incident before you speak with a lawyer. Anything that you say could be held against you later on, but if you have an accomplished attorney at your side from our firm you can rest easier knowing that we will represent you to the best of our ability. Seeking to always protect your rights while creating a solid defense, we aim to provide the best possible legal assistance we can. Our clients are our top priority throughout the duration of any case.
Our small and intimate firm offers personalized attention. We listen and understand the stress you may be under in facing the criminal justice system, especially if it is for the first time. Our attorneys will guide you through the legal process, while working diligently to help you achieve the most positive results possible given your particular set of circumstances. The legal team is comprised of Brian Jones and Juli Siegrist, who are both licensed to practice in the state of Ohio, members of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Sacrificing His Freedom to Ensure Yours
Founding partner, Brian Jones, is also licensed to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. He is a former Assistant Public Defender in Portage County, Ohio. During his service there, he demonstrated his uncompromising commitment to his clients when he refused to begin a trial with only two hours of preparation when ordered to by the court. He did this because he did not want to sacrifice his client's right to effective representation and a fair trial. The court found him in contempt and Brian was arrested. He received national attention for this and was later honored with a President's Commendation for Outstanding Service by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for his actions.
It is against the law to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration at or above .08%. If you are a commercial driver the legal limit is .04% and for drivers under the age of 21, the threshold is set at just .02%, which means a young driver can be arrested and convicted for OVI after having just one alcoholic drink. A conviction for a first time OVI offense without any aggravating circumstances (minor in the vehicle, high blood alcohol content, prior OVI convictions, speeding, causing bodily injury etc.) can result in fines up to $1,075, a minimum of 3 days in jail, from 6 months to a 3 years' driver's license suspension, and the person may be required to attend a driver's intervention program or another form of treatment program.
Ohio takes drinking and driving very seriously and a conviction for a simple first time OVI can wreak havoc on your personal and professional life, not to mention the skyrocketing insurance premiums that follow afterward, which can cost you thousands of dollars alone.
All too often people automatically assume that once they are arrested for OVI/DUI, they have no choice but to accept their punishment; it doesn't have to be this way. There are a number of valid defenses that can apply to an OVI/DUI case, and virtually all facts of the case can be put under a microscope. We will be able to look at your case and search for any potential errors made by law enforcement or any other potential holes or flaws in the case. We may be able to challenge the legality of the traffic stop, as well as the field sobriety test, or we may be able to challenge the reliability of the chemical test results or the method for which the blood alcohol evidence was collected and preserved. All of which, may lead to reduced or dismissed charges.
Sexual Assault Offenses
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, sexual assault is defined as a wide range of victimizations, which are separate from rape or attempted rape. Sexual assault offenses include various types of attacks or attempts that generally involve some form of unwanted and uninvited sexual contact between the victim and the offender. While sexual assaults may involve the element of force, force is not always necessary. Even acts such as grabbing someone's sexual body parts or fondling, or making verbal threats would suffice.
In the United States, each state uses its own language when it comes to sex offenses. In Ohio, sex offenses include acts such as rape (non-consensual sexual intercourse), sexual battery,
unlawful sexual conduct with minor, gross sexual imposition, sexual imposition (unwanted sexual contact), importuning (soliciting a person to engage in sexual activity), voyeurism (surreptitiously invading someone else's privacy to spy on them), and public indecency, which can involve exposing one's private parts, or having sex in public, or engaging in another form of sexual conduct in public.
As one can imagine, it's not difficult for an innocent person to become entangled in a sex crime investigation. Not only that but many people commit such offenses by accident, or they may not even be aware that what they are doing is illegal. However, depending upon the nature of the crime and the circumstances surrounding the case, the person can face a wide range of criminal penalties if they are convicted. The worst part is that it's not uncommon for sex crime allegations to be based entirely on false accusations; therefore, if you are facing any type of sexual assault or rape charge, we urge you to contact us right away because even if you are innocent, it doesn't mean you won't be convicted and face criminal consequences that are unwarranted.
Consult with an Experienced and Passionate Lawyer
Having a competent defense lawyer handling your case as early as possible can make a significant difference in the outcome. When you are facing the possibility of jail time or a prison sentence, hefty fines, probation, and a future with a permanent criminal record, you will want a defense lawyer who will go the extra mile to ensure that your legal defense is thorough and effective. Our legal team has proven that they take their jobs and your future seriously. Take a proactive step in your defense by consulting with an accomplished attorney at our firm as soon as possible.
Our firm represent clients in Delaware, Marion, Dublin, Westerville,Lewis Center, Hilliard, Gahannaand throughout Ohio.