Create A Strong Defense Against Criminal Charges

There are two main classifications of crimes in Ohio: misdemeanors and felonies. Within each category there are various degrees. Misdemeanors are prosecuted in municipal courts throughout the state of Ohio. Felonies are prosecuted in county courthouses known as Courts of Common Pleas. A second-degree felony is punishable by two to eight years in prison, and/or up to $15,000 in fines. A first-degree felony can lead to three to 10 years in prison, and/or a maximum fine of $20,000. You must seek legal representation as quickly as possible when faced with charges. We will help you navigate the process and understand your rights.

MMFL Handles the Following Types of Criminal Cases:

VIOLENT CRIMES

Violent crimes are offenses that involve physical harm or the threat of physical violence against another individual. Examples include offenses such as:

  • MURDER
  • HOMICIDE
  • RAPE
  • ASSAULT
  • ROBBERY
  • CARJACKING

The penalties that are imposed in violent crimes can include years in prison, sharing space with the state's worst offenders.

WEAPON CRIMES

It is your constitutional right to bear arms, but you are required to have a license and special training to legally own many types of firearms in Ohio. Any person who owns or uses a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance must follow state and federal statutes.

Some of the most common weapon crimes include:

  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Illegal conveyance of deadly weapon, dangerous ordnance, or object indistinguishable from a firearm in a school safety zone or into a courthouse
  • Violation of firearm license duties

WHITE COLLAR CRIME

White collar crimes are financial crimes that have a direct effect on the economic stability of an individual, a business, or the government. White collar crime is a category of crime that prosecutors have been targeting more aggressively in recent years. At Mills, Mills, Fiely & Lucas, we likewise make a serious effort to protect those accused. We are aware that the penalties involved are significant, and we're committed to providing our clients with professional, intelligent, and determined legal representation. Generally, white collar crimes are nonviolent and financially rooted.

Examples of White Collar Crime Include:

Check fraud Bribery Blackmail Credit card fraud Insurance fraud Accounting fraud Embezzlement Forgery Insider tradingMoney laundering Ponzi Schemes Racketeering RICO crimes Tax evasion Wire fraud Bank fraud Mortgage fraud Mail fraud

DUI/OVI DEFENSE

If you are facing a charge of "OVI" operating a vehicle under the influence, commonly referred to as a "DUI," your freedom and livelihood are at stake. In Ohio, the minimum punishment for an OVI is three days in jail (or a three-day driver intervention program), a $375 fine, six points on your license, and a six-month license suspension. However, these are the lowest possible penalties that can be applied by the court. The maximum penalties are a $1,075 fine, 180 days in jail, and a three-year license suspension. The difference between the former punishment and the latter is where an experienced Mills, Mills, Fiely & Lucas attorney can help.
In Ohio, if you submit to a breath sample and you test .08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) then your license will be immediately suspended, and you are not eligible to receive driving privileges from the court until 15 days after your license was taken at the earliest.
If an OVI suspect refuses to provide a breath sample then the offender's license is immediately suspended for one year, regardless of the outcome of the case.

Know your rights during a traffic stop:

  • You have the right to refuse the portable Breathalyzer test at the side of the road without penalty.
  • You have the right to refuse to submit to a breath sample at the police station, but your license will be suspended for one year automatically.
  • You have the right to refuse to answer questions from the police, other than identifying yourself.
  • You have the right to refuse to participate in any of the field sobriety tests (eye, one-legged stand, and walk-and-turn tests).
  • If approaching an OVI checkpoint, you have the right to legally turn around before entering the checkpoint (no U-turns or illegal turns).
  • You have the right to talk to an attorney immediately.

FEDERAL CRIME

The federal court system is made up of professional prosecutors, many of whom are at the top in their field. The conviction rate in federal court currently stands at about 95%. You are facing tough odds if you are accused of committing any violation of federal law, including the following, among other offenses:

  • White Collar Crime
  • Drug Crime
  • Internet Crime
  • Violent Crime

THEFT CRIMES

If you are accused of committing a theft crime, the most crucial issue to resolve right now is choosing the right criminal lawyer to defend you.

Burglary
Charges of burglary are filed against any person who has entered a structure with the intent to steal any item. Charges of aggravated burglary are filed if the accused is alleged to have been possession of a deadly weapon or is accused of inflicting or attempting to inflict physical harm upon any person present, or there is a threat of force.

Robbery
The crime of robbery involves stealing property from another person by force. When a weapon has been used or is present on the offender, the charges filed and the penalties imposed in a conviction will be far more serious, including 3 – 11 years in state prison and fines as high as $10,000.

Shoplifting
A charge of shoplifting will be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony, based upon the value of the goods that were stolen, and whether it is believed that the accused was part of a large-scale operation, has a prior conviction, and other factors.