Mount 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.

Protect Your Driving Privileges After A Drunk Driving Charge

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.

We Take White Collar Crime Seriously

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.

We have represented clients facing charges, including:

  • Fraud refers to any situation in which a person or organization illegally acquires property or money through misrepresentation or outright lies.
  • Bribery refers to the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.
  • The connection and use of computers has increased dramatically in regards to the internet. Consequently, computer crimes have increased in frequency and intensity. Both the federal government and Ohio take hacking very seriously.

Murder Charges Require A Lawyer Who Can Tell Your Side Of The Story

Murder is the most serious criminal charge. Many states allow death penalty conviction as a sentence for murder. Our team understands the seriousness of your situation.

At Mills, Mills, Fiely & Lucas, our attorneys will protect your rights during the investigation. You should not answer any questions before speaking with a lawyer.

A police investigation might still occur in your arrest and alleged murder charge. Our defense lawyers will be by your side throughout the legal process.

Many cases are settled before they go to trial. These plea bargain negotiations come with tremendously high stakes and anxiety. We will explain the process to you and educate you so you can make informed decisions.

Contact Our Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys Today

We are committed to protecting our clients' rights and their reputations.

To see how Mills, Mills, Fiely & Lucas can help in your case, contact us online or call us at 330-754-1888 and schedule an initial consultation at our office in Canton, Ohio.