If you have been charged with a crime in the State of Ohio, it is in your best interest to take the matter seriously and to bring your strongest defense in response. A criminal conviction can upend your life in ways that you may not have even considered, which makes working closely with an experienced criminal defense attorney near you paramount.
While criminal charges can obviously take a wide array of forms, the most common fall into the following categories:
There is no such thing as a minor criminal charge – the consequences of a conviction are simply too steep not to address the matter head-on from the outset.
One of the most common criminal charges is OVI (which many people continue to call DUI). This charge relates to both alcohol and drugs, but alcohol charges are the most common. An OVI charge refers to having a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher (or to the officer testifying that you exhibited the signs of driving while intoxicated, which is a much more nebulous affair). Some of the subjective signs that officers often cite as being determinative of OVI include:
Other common charges include both assault and battery. Consider the following:
The charge of burglary relates to entering a home, business, or any other structure unlawfully – with the intention of committing a crime. For the charge to apply, you need only the intention of committing a crime inside – you don’t need to actually commit the crime in question. Further, you don’t have to break and enter in order to burgle someone – entering via an unlocked door will get the job done (trespassing, however, is a requirement). The charge can be enhanced to aggravated burglary if you harm (or credibly threaten to harm) someone else in the commission of the burglary.
If you are facing a criminal charge, the time to consult with one of the accomplished Ohio criminal defense attorneys at The VanNoy Firm is now. Your legal rights are too important to leave to chance, so please do not hesitate to contact us for more information about how we can help you today.
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