Understanding Criminal Defense Cases
There is no question that being the target of a pre-file investigation or facing formal charges is a very nerve-wracking experience to say the least. Whether you are entirely innocent of your charges, or if you had a momentary lapse in judgment, it does not mean that you deserve to face the wrath of the harsh Ohio criminal justice system.
At the Law Offices of Brian Jones, LLC, we see our clients as people, not just another criminal who is a second class citizen. Over our years in practice, we have come to know our clients quite well, and we are well aware that good people get mixed up in bad situations every day. As your criminal defense law firm, we will stop at nothing to prove your innocence, or if you did make a mistake, we will do everything we can to reduce if not eliminate the consequences that you face. We know that our clients have friends, family and jobs depending on them and most people can't afford to go to jail or prison because it could be devastating to their future and the fate of their families.
Receiving Help from a Trustworthy Firm
Our firm offers a team of committed lawyers who understand the scary and confusing prospect of a criminal conviction. A qualified attorney at our firm will begin working on your case immediately, investigating the facts and evidence being used against you, working to build a strong defense, negotiating for reduced charges or a case dismissal where possible, and preparing for trial from day one. Our lawyers pride themselves on being the most prepared lawyer in any courtroom. From knowledge of the facts to researching law and defenses, our attorneys possess the skills necessary for effective and efficient handling all of the legal aspects of your case. We can assist you in building a formidable defense against any of the following charges and more.
Assault / Felonies Assault
Are you facing charges of assault in Delaware or anywhere in central Ohio? These charges can be elevated to a felony under certain conditions, and you may face up to eight years in prison if you are convicted of felonious assault.
This criminal offense is committed by force, deception or stealth and involves trespassing into an occupied place with the intention of committing a theft or criminal offense. There are different degrees of burglary in Ohio that are dependent upon the circumstances of each case.
Have you been accused of molesting a child? Any unlawful sexual activity between an adult and a child can be charged as child molestation as long as the child is under the age of consent in Ohio.
In order to be proven guilty of child pornography, the prosecution must be able to prove that pornographic material was viewed, downloaded or disseminated from your computer with your knowledge. A skilled Delaware defense lawyer can help you defend your rights against these serious charges so that you can avoid prison time and other severe penalties.
Are you facing charges connected with domestic violence? These cases can be highly complex and you need a competent defense attorney on your side who will look out for your best interests and fight to save your reputation. Charges of this nature refer to violent behavior, threats of violence or attempting to harm another in a domestic relationship.
There is a wide range of drug crimes that one can be accused of in Ohio. From simple possession of a controlled substance to the sale, distribution, manufacture and cultivation of illegal drugs, you need to know the specifics of your charges so that you can build a strong defense.
Have you been arrested for drunk driving in or around Delaware? Driving after drinking is not illegal. You have the legal right to challenge your charges, and a talented DUI attorney from our firm can help. The penalties of a DUI conviction include mandatory jail time, probation, alcohol classes, fines, community service and even prison for repeat offenders.
Unfortunately, a lot of people wind up being accused of committing a sex crime that they simple did not do. When you are the target of false accusations regarding a sex offense, you have to take these allegations very seriously due to the fact that many sex offense convictions require sex offender registration, thousands of dollars in fines and years behind prison bars.
While the majority of DUI/OVIs in Ohio are prosecuted as misdemeanors, certain offenses where someone has three or more priors, and cases where someone was killed in a drunk driving accident, can be charged as a felony.
First DUI Offense
On a first drunk driving offense, the penalties typically involve up to 6 months in jail, up to $ 1,075 in fines, and up to a 3 years driver's license suspension. If you are facing DUI charges, you are going to need an attorney by your side fighting to eliminate or reduce the penalties that you are facing.
Internet Sex Crimes
The majority of internet sex crimes involve minors in some way, and individuals who are convicted of these crimes will face life-changing penalties such as prison, financial penalties and mandatory sex offender registration.
This serious offense involves taking a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment. Some kidnappings are committed to obtain ransom money, but a parent can also be accused of this crime in child custody disputes where they have been denied custody of their child.
If you have been charged with money laundering, you need the legal protection that a defense attorney from our firm can provide. This white collar crime can involve incredibly complex laws, and you may be under investigation by federal agencies like the FBI, IRS and DEA.
Murder / Attempted Murder
One of the most serious criminal charges that you can face is murder. The penalties of a conviction will forever change your life. Our firm can aggressively defend your rights regardless of whether you have been charged with attempted murder, aggravated murder, manslaughter or reckless homicide.
If you or someone you know has been accused of rape, you need a strong legal defender to help you avoid serious penalties such as prison time and mandatory sex offender registration. Rape is generally charged as a first-degree felony in Ohio.
Sex With a Minor
Having sex with a minor under the age of eighteen is illegal in Ohio under most circumstnaces. In most cases the offense is a fourth degree felony which requires sex offender registration for 15 years. Unfortunately, even if the minor instigated the sexual relationship and gave their express consent, it is still against the law for an adult to have sex with someone below the age of eighteen.
You may be charged with a form of theft when you take control over another person's property or services with the purpose of depriving them without their permission. Theft crimes take place through the use of force, deception, threat or intimidation, and the penalties for conviction are severe.
Are you facing criminal charges related to a violent crime? Due to the serious nature of violent crimes, a conviction will result in lengthy jail sentences or life imprisonment, costly fines and more.
You may be charged with a weapon or gun violation if you have carried a concealed weapon or used a weapon while intoxicated. There are numerous laws in Ohio that refer to weapons and how they are to be used, and you may not have been aware that you were violating the law. Contact a defense attorney from our firm for the strong legal representation you need.
Contact a Dedicated Lawyer Today
Our overriding goal is to provide you with the most effective legal service available which will achieve the best possible outcome for your case. A committed lawyer at our firm will make every effort to minimize the adverse consequences of criminal charges, to help you avoid a conviction and keep you out of jail or prison.
We defend clients accused of all kinds of criminal charges, from DUI to sex offenses to attempted murder. Regardless of the charges, we urge you to contact our firm to arrange for a consultation with one of our attorneys about the specifics of your situation. We can review your case, advise you of your legal rights, and tell you how best to proceed.