Individuals convicted of a criminal charge in Akron may incur severe penalties, including jail time, monetary fines, and probation. In addition, numerous collateral consequences may damage many aspects of their life.
When people in Akron face criminal charges, they routinely call Patituce & Associates, LLC for all their legal needs. Once we enter an appearance in your criminal case, we can begin aggressively fighting for your legal rights and advocating for your interests. We can also gather necessary evidence in your case, plan a solid legal defense to advocate at trial or negotiate with a state prosecutor for a favorable plea deal.
Our team will work hard to secure the best possible result in your case, up to a complete case dismissal.
Contact our firm to discuss your situation with a trusted Akron Criminal Defense Lawyer. Someone is ready to speak with you 24/7.
Why Should You Choose Us for Your Legal Needs?
We know you have many options when securing legal representation in a criminal case. The skilled Akron criminal defense lawyers at Patituce & Associates, LLC can meet with you right away to review your pending criminal charges and explore all available legal options.
Sometimes, that might mean formulating a robust legal defense to your pending criminal charge. It might also mean arranging a favorable plea deal with the state prosecutor.
Unlike many criminal defense law firms, our legal team is unafraid to take your case to a criminal bench or jury trial. Our lawyers have tried over 200 cases in front of a jury. We know how to obtain the evidence you need and advocate a solid legal defense to secure a case dismissal on your behalf.
In addition, three of our legal team members were once state prosecutors. Consequently, we thoroughly understand how prosecutors build their cases and tactics against criminal defendants. We use that knowledge and experience to our client’s advantage when taking cases to trial and negotiating favorable plea deals on their behalf.
In addition, we can serve as your support system, protecting your future, carefully examining the facts and circumstances of your case, and aggressively representing you at all criminal court proceedings – including a trial or sentencing hearing.
Our office is conveniently right in downtown Akron at 520 South Main Street, Suite 2511. Let us obtain the best possible result in your criminal case right away.
What Are the Potential Penalties Upon Conviction for a Criminal Offense in Ohio?
One way you can incur penalties in a criminal case is for a state prosecutor to secure a conviction against you. For the prosecutor to obtain a guilty finding or conviction in a criminal case, they must satisfy their legal burden beyond a reasonable doubt. If they can do this, you may face numerous harsh penalties.
Criminal offenders may be subject to severe penalties for felony and misdemeanor convictions. In addition to the potential legal penalties upon conviction, an individual may experience numerous collateral consequences, including loss of a driver’s license in a DUI case up to mandatory registration as a sex offender in a sex offense case.
The ultimate penalties a convicted offender will receive depend upon various factors, including the pending criminal charge, their prior criminal history, and their case’s specific facts and circumstances.
Some of the most common penalties that an individual may receive upon conviction include:
- Incarceration in a jail
- High monetary fines
- Community service
- Mandatory drug and alcohol rehabilitation
- Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) on their vehicle (such as for a DUI conviction)
- Required sex offender registry (for a sex offense conviction)
- Loss of a driver’s license for driving-related offenses
In addition to these potential legal penalties for a criminal conviction, you may experience numerous collateral consequences that affect your life and your relationships with others.
Some of those possible collateral consequences include:
- Difficulty gaining admission to an educational program at a vocational school, university, or college
- Loss of financial aid or scholarship funds from an educational institution
- Limited or no contact with family members, including children, if the court enters a protective order against you
- Inability to find or keep a job
- Inability to find a decent place to live
- Harm to one’s personal and professional reputation in the community
If you ultimately incur a criminal conviction in Akron, we can represent you at your sentencing hearing before a judge. At that hearing, we can advocate for your legal rights and pursue the lowest possible penalty in your case. We can also work to eliminate, or at least lessen, the collateral consequences you may experience upon conviction.
Types of Criminal Cases in Akron
The experienced team of Akron criminal defense lawyers at Patituce & Associates, LLC represents individuals in a wide variety of cases, including both felonies and misdemeanors.
Throughout our representation, we can prepare a favorable legal strategy for you and your case. We can also gather evidence on your behalf and inform you about potential legal defenses you may raise at your criminal court trial.
Some of the most common Ohio criminal charges for which we represent accused individuals in Akron include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, or DUI, where a passenger vehicle driver allegedly operates a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08 percent
- Traffic tickets, where a police officer issues a citation to a driver for various offenses, including running a red light, texting while driving, speeding, or operating a vehicle without a driver’s license or insurance, leading to potential monetary fines and other penalties
- Drug crime charges, including those that involve drug trafficking, aggravated trafficking, possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and cultivating marijuana or manufacturing a controlled substance
- Weapons charges, including those under both federal and state law, that involve possessing a firearm or discharging a firearm in public
- Juvenile crimes, where the offenses may be subject to prosecution through the juvenile justice system (which focuses on treatment and rehabilitation for the offending juvenile), or where the offense may proceed through the adult criminal court system if it is severe enough
- Child pornography charges, including those that fall within both state and federal laws, that prohibit individuals from distributing, possessing, making, or accessing visual media showing minors engaged in sexual activity
- Arson, where an individual allegedly causes an explosion or fire that may harm an individual’s property without that individual’s consent or brings about an explosion or fire to someone’s own property (or someone else’s property) for purposes of committing insurance fraud
- Homicide offenses, including those that involve voluntary manslaughter, aggravated murder, murder, negligent homicide, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated vehicular manslaughter, or reckless homicide
- Criminal sex offenses, including those that involve sexual acts, such as sexual battery, rape, public indecency, or unlawful sexual contact with a minor
In addition to the above-referenced criminal offenses, we represent individuals in white-collar crimes, federal crimes, assault offenses, theft crimes, and domestic violence offenses.
If you are facing any of these criminal charges, you need to reach out to legal counsel immediately about your options.
The Akron criminal defense lawyers at Patituce & Associates, LLC can meet with you about your criminal charge right away and develop a plan of action for moving your case forward successfully and achieving a favorable result.
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Potential Defenses to a Criminal Charge in Akron
In any Ohio criminal case, the state prosecutor has the sole legal burden of proof. As the criminal defendant, you do not need to establish any legal elements or prove anything in your case.
You do not need to take the witness stand at your criminal bench or jury trial. However, we can raise one or more legal defenses on your behalf at a court proceeding. These defenses may work to negate the prosecutor’s ability to satisfy their legal burden of proof.
If your legal defense succeeds, you may avoid a criminal conviction.
Our legal team can investigate your situation and gather the necessary evidence to build a compelling case. Potential evidence we can use at trial includes medical records, witness statements, police reports, video footage, and pictures of the incident scene.
Common legal defenses that we can raise on your behalf at trial include:
- Constitutional violations, including violations of your Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures and your Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination
- Lack of possession over an illegal item, such as a firearm or drug
- Mistaken identity, meaning that the alleged victim mistakenly identified you as the perpetrator
- Alibi, meaning that you were somewhere else at the time the alleged offense occurred
- Self-defense, meaning that you used a proportionate amount of force to what the alleged victim used against you, and you were not the initial aggressor
Our legal team can determine if you may raise one or more of these legal defenses at your criminal court trial. If so, we can aggressively fight to completely dismiss your pending criminal charge.
Exploring Available Legal Options in Your Case
We can take several necessary steps on your behalf in response to a pending criminal charge.
First, we can determine if you may argue a legal defense at your criminal court trial. Many legal defenses operate as a complete defense. Consequently, if the judge or jury accepts your defense, they may dismiss your entire case.
At other times, we can negotiate a plea deal with the state prosecutor in your case. Most criminal cases, between 95 and 98 percent, in fact, resolve through a plea deal. However, you may not want to accept a plea deal, especially if you have a solid legal defense to your pending criminal charge.
In a plea deal arrangement with the state prosecutor, the prosecutor typically offers one or more concessions in exchange for a guilty plea from the accused individual.
For example, if the accused person agrees to plead guilty, the prosecutor might reduce the pending criminal charge from a felony down to a misdemeanor, resulting in lesser penalties. Alternatively, the prosecutor might offer the accused individual a probation period, allowing them the chance to escape a conviction if they complete all of their probationary terms successfully.
However, the accused gives up certain legal rights by agreeing to a plea deal. First, they waive their right to a trial by a jury of their peers. Additionally, they give up their right to an appeal.
If the accused decides to accept a plea deal from the state prosecutor, they will need to appear at a hearing in front of a judge. They must also state on the record that they agree to accept the plea deal freely and voluntarily – and that no one coerced them into accepting it.
Our legal team can weigh whether accepting a pending plea deal from the state’s attorney handling your case makes sense.
Steps to Take Following an Arrest
If a police officer arrests you for a criminal offense, invoke your right to the presence of legal counsel during any custodial interrogation. If the police officer continues to question you, and you say something incriminating, the judge may suppress those statements.
Additionally, retain copies of various import documents, including police reports, charge papers, and citations. Once we enter an appearance in your case, forward those documents to us so we can review them.
Finally, seek out an experienced attorney to represent you as quickly as possible after your arrest. If you wait until shortly before your court date to secure legal counsel, the attorney may not have sufficient time to prepare for your case and represent you at trial. Your lawyer needs time to speak with witnesses, review documents, and strategize your defense well before trial.
Moreover, if you show up to your criminal court trial without a lawyer, the presiding judge can make you proceed with your case without an attorney present.
Our legal team can enter an appearance in your case right away and begin advocating for your legal rights and interests.
Talk with a Skilled Akron Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
The experienced legal team at Patituce & Associates, LLC is ready to take on every aspect of your criminal case and pursue the best possible result. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Akron, please call us at (440) 641-4434 or contact us online today.
Patituce & Associates, LCC – Akron Office
520 S Main Street, Suite 2511
Akron, OH 44331