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. Municipal courts throughout the state prosecute misdemeanors. The county courthouses, known as Courts of Common Pleas, prosecute felonies. 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 if you are under investigation or facing criminal charges. At Mills, Mills, Fiely & Lucas, we understand how the steep penalties of a conviction can impact your job, family and social reputation. Often, the difference between a harsh sentence or a minimized one is where a seasoned attorney can help you. Our attorneys focus on the facts of your circumstances, no matter the allegations you are contending with. We have the experience you need to protect your rights, fight the charges and achieve the best possible result in your case. We provide our clients with professional, intelligent and determined criminal defense. We will help you navigate the process and understand your rights.
Experienced Strategies Tailored To Defend Your Rights Against Violent Crime Charges
Violent crimes are offenses that involve the threat of physical violence or actual physical harm against another person. Our firm has the knowledge and skill for criminal cases involving violent crimes such as:
We will help you build a strong case against violent crimes penalties that could include years in prison.
Upholding Your Rights In Complex Weapons Offense Cases
You have a constitutional right to own firearms. However, Ohio’s requirements to legally own many types of firearms include having a license and special training. Anyone owning or using dangerous ammunition or a deadly weapon must follow federal and state laws. Our lawyers will help you navigate through weapons charges, including:
- Firearm license duty violations
- Carrying a concealed weapon on you
- Unauthorized deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance conveyance
- Illegal conveyance of an object that looks like a firearm into a courthouse or in a school safety zone
Understanding DUI/OVI Charges
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. Talk to an attorney immediately. 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. These are the lowest possible penalties that the court can apply. The maximum penalties are a $1,075 fine, 180 days in jail and a three-year license suspension.
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 a right to refuse:
- The portable Breathalyzer test at the side of the road without a penalty
- To submit to a breath sample at the police station, but your license will be suspended for one year automatically
- To answer questions from the police, other than identifying yourself
- To participate in any of the field sobriety tests (eye, one-legged stand and walk-and-turn tests)
Also, if you are approaching an OVI checkpoint, you can legally turn around before entering the checkpoint (no U-turns or illegal turns).
Are You Being Investigated For A Federal Crime?
Prosecutors have a known conviction rate of about 95 percent in federal court. The stakes are high and the odds are stacked against you if are facing allegations of violating federal laws. Our firm has the sophisticated experience you need to fight charges, including:
- Internet crime claims
- Drug charges
- White collar allegations
- Violent crime accusations
Prosecutors Target White Collar Crimes More Aggressively Now
Generally, white collar crimes are nonviolent and financially rooted. These are financial crimes that have a direct effect on the economic stability of an individual, a business or the government. There are increased penalties for certain offenses under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). 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 of white collar crimes such as:
- Check or credit card fraud
- Insurance, accounting, mortgage, wire or bank fraud
- Insider trading
- Ponzi schemes, racketeering, money laundering
- Tax evasion
- Mail fraud
Choosing The Right Criminal Lawyer To Defend You
If you are under investigation or facing accusations of committing a crime, the most crucial issue to resolve right now is choosing the right criminal lawyer to defend you. At Mills, Mills, Fiely & Lucas, our focus is to help you understand the charges you face and your legal options. We will pursue every angle of your case to minimize the harsh penalties a conviction could bring. From DUI/OVI offenses to theft, shoplifting, fraud, embezzlement, violent crimes or drug charges, we build strong cases for misdemeanor through felony charges. Email us or call us at 330-754-1888 today.