If you have been charged with a criminal offense it is very important that you seek immediate legal counsel. Our legal team will provide your innitital consultation at no charge and offer you our best advice to protect you, and your rights under the law.
Being charged with a criminal offense is a serious matter. Aggressive legal representation starts with you. Taking a proactive approach to your defense by consulting with an experienced criminal defense lawyer is step one. A consultation can provide you with direction and help you to avoid making mistakes that could have a negative impact on your defense. Phone our office for a free phone consultation about any criminal matter in Lorain County, Cuyahoga County or in the state of Ohio, including but not limited to:
Judicial Release / Shock Probation
Misdemeanor vs. Felony Violations
Whether a criminal charge is a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the seriousness of the action. Crimes are often determined by how much potential jail time is attached to the crime in question.
Typically, a misdemeanor is a crime that carries a potential sentence of up to six months of jail time. Negotiating plea bargains are common and our experienced defense attorneys are able to advise you during this process. Trespassing and vandalism are examples of common misdemeanor charges.
Felonies typically carry a potential sentence of six months or greater. Felony crimes are associated with actions such as murder, rape, and arson. Immediate consultation is advised if you have been charged with a felony.
Judicial Release / Shock Probation
Even if a person is sentanced to jail time, they may be eligible for early release known as shock probation or judicial release. Contact our office to learn more about this option.
What Does Aggressive Legal Representation Mean?
It means we have a steadfast respect for the principal of Due Process. There are checks and balances to justice. Due process holds the government subservient to the law of the land the same as its citizens, and protects individual persons from the state. When a government harms a person, without following the exact course of the law, then that is a due process violation which offends the rule of law. Aggressive legal representation is a passion for this principal.
We passionately believe in your right to be considered innocent until proven guilty and support The Innocence Project, a non-profit legal organization committed to exonerating wrongly convicted people, and the National Registry of Exonerations, a UMLS project that provides detailed information about every known exoneration in the U.S. since 1989. The registry currently includes 1639 people.
A written accusation charging that an individual has committed an act or omitted to do something that is punishable by law.
A criminal proceeding at which the defendant is officially called before the court and informed of the offense charged in the complaint, information, indictment, or other charging document, and asked to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest. This may also be the proceeding at which the court determines whether to set bail or release the defendant on his or her own recognizance.
A legal proceeding where an issue of law or fact is tried and evidence is presented to help determine the issue.
The State of Ohio dismissing charges either by lack of evidence, an error in law, or as a result of a plea bargain. A dismissal may be made with prejudice, meaning that it can never be filed again, or without prejudice, meaning charges may possibly be refiled, depending upon the circumstances of the case.
An acquittal formally certifies that the accused is free from the charge of an offense, as far as the criminal law is concerned.
Reversal is the decision of a court of appeals ruling that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and is therefore reversed. The lower court which tried the case is instructed to dismiss the original action, retry the case or change its judgment.
Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys
Lorain County & Cuyahoga County
Smith Legal Services is highly experienced in criminal defense practices in Lorain County, Cuyahoga County and throughout the state of Ohio. Attorney Smith also specializes in jury trials, having tried numerous cases on both the state and municipal level.
Criminal Defense Attorneys & Trial Attorneys
Possession vs. Trafficking
Trafficking refers to the selling, manufacturing, growing or the delivering of illegal substances. Possessing more than a specific amount of illegal drugs may be deemed trafficking as well. Those amounts will depend on the substance and vary state by state. Smith Legal Services provides aggressive legal representation for all drug crime charges.
The circumstance of your possession or trafficking charge in Lorain County, Cuyahoga County or elsewhere in the state of Ohio are extremely important to your defense. A criminal history, the substance(s) involved, and the amounts, are all factors in determining whether your actions constitute possession or trafficking. Either can be considered felony crimes.
Expungement is when a first time offender of a prior criminal conviction seeks that the records of the earlier processes be sealed. In September 2014, the Ohio Legislature passed a law that expands the qualifications for obtaining expungements, or the sealing of criminal records.
Obtaining an expungement can be life changing. Learn more about OH SB143 to see if the new laws are beneficial to your situation or call our office for a free phone consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys.