If you are currently facing criminal charges in Ohio, you likely have a lot of questions about your rights and the process ahead. The team at Patituce & Associates is here to answer your questions and guide you throughout the process.
We have more than 70 years of combined legal experience, as well as former prosecutors on our team who give us unique insight into the other side of the aisle. We want to provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that your case is in capable hands. Turn to our compassionate Medina criminal defense attorneys who know that you are more than the charges you are facing. If you’ve facing criminal charges in Medina, contact the Medina criminal defense lawyers at Patituce & Associates.
Comprehensive Legal Services in Various Criminal Cases
At Patituce & Associates, we handle a wide variety of criminal cases, including felony and misdemeanor offenses. We help individuals facing criminal charges such as:
- Domestic violence
- Drug crimes
- Federal offenses
- Sex crimes
- Juvenile crimes
- Theft offenses
- Weapons charges
- White collar crimes
Whatever the case, we can provide you with the serious legal defense you need.
The Process of the Criminal Prosecution Process in Ohio
If you are facing criminal charges, you may go through the following steps:
Law enforcement must have an arrest warrant or probable cause before they can arrest you. When they arrest you, law enforcement will likely read your Miranda warnings, which inform you of your legal rights, such as the right to remain silent.
After you are arrested, you will be booked and processed. You may be required to stay in jail until your arraignment.
At your arraignment, the judge says the charges that have been made against you. You will be asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. You may be eligible to post bond and leave jail, depending on the charges and your situation.
During discovery, your lawyer and the prosecutor exchange information about your case so that they can learn about the evidence the other side has and may present in court. They can use this information to build counterarguments.
During this stage, your lawyer may have access to important evidence in your case and be able to independently test it. Your lawyer can also interview witnesses or hire a private investigator to further look into the facts of the case.
Your lawyer may be able to file various legal motions to help prepare your case and seek favorable rulings from the court, such as the suppression of evidence against you. There may be various reasons to suppress evidence, such as:
- The arresting or investigating law enforcement officer did not follow proper procedures
- Law enforcement conducted an illegal search or seizure
- Evidence would be more prejudicial than probative
- Evidence is not relevant or credible enough to be entered as evidence
Your lawyer and the prosecutor may discuss the possibility of a plea deal in which you plead guilty in exchange for having some charges dropped, reduced, or resulting in a shorter sentence for you. There are consequences to accepting a plea bargain, and you should discuss them with your lawyer before making any major decisions.
If you decide to take your case to trial, your attorney can provide zealous representation and challenge the evidence against you.
Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer for Help
If you would like to discuss your case, contact Patituce & Associates. We provide a free, confidential case review. Call us today to get started.