If you are facing a violent crime charge in Columbus, we cannot even begin to imagine the difficult feelings of fear and loneliness that you may be feeling. Whether you are in jail or at home concerned for your loved one who has been arrested, we can help. We know that many people can be affected by a violent crime allegation, not just the person who has been accused of the crime.
When the stakes are high, the bottom line is that you need to be able to trust that your criminal law attorney will represent you aggressively in court. The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. is prepared and willing to take on your violent crime charges. Led by founding partners Attorney Jon Saia and Attorney Richard Piatt, both of whom are nationally recognized lawyers who have earned AV® Ratings by Martindale-Hubbell®, The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. has decades of experience defending people in Columbus, Delaware, Cleveland, Mt. Gilead and throughout Ohio.
Types Of Violent Crimes
Violent crimes typically involve offenses in which violence is the objective. Violent crimes also include crimes in which violence is used as a means to obtain something of value. Crimes committed with weapons are categorized into different offenses, including:
- Murder / homicide
- Assault, including simple, aggravated, felonious, negligent assault
Other violent crimes can include:
- Domestic violence
- Kidnapping and abduction
- Involuntary manslaughter
- Voluntary manslaughter
At The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., we have the necessary experience and resources to defend you against any violent crime charges.
Violent Crime Penalties And Defenses
If you have been arrested for a violent crime, we highly recommend that you stay silent until you can speak with a lawyer from our firm. By asserting your constitutionally protected Miranda rights to remain silent and have legal counsel, you protect yourself against self-incrimination and ultimately can maximize the possibility for achieving a positive outcome after an arrest.
Violent crimes in Ohio have serious penalties. If you are convicted of a violent crime, you could be facing felony range of penalties. In most cases, even a misdemeanor charge could lead to jail or prison time, fines, or both. Penalties can vary from case to case but generally are sentenced according to the following guidelines:
- Misdemeanor: 180 days in jail and fines up to $1,000
- Felony of the fifth degree: Up to 1 year in prison and fines up to $2,500
- Felony of the fourth degree: Up to 18 months in prison and fines up to $5,000
- Felony of the third degree: Up to 5 years in prison and fines up to $10,000
- Felony of the second degree: Up to 8 years in prison and fines up to $15,000
- Felony of the first degree: Up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $20,000
Some violent crimes can even lead to a life sentence or the death penalty. With the right legal representation from a criminal defense lawyer, you can potentially avoid the maximum penalties. With us by your side, you can have your day in court and make your side of the story known.
Strong, Effective Criminal Defense Lawyers On Your Side
Call us immediately if you have been charged with battery, assault, or another type of violent crime. As skilled trial attorneys, no case is too complex, too simple, or too incriminating for us to handle. We have had more than 100 years of combined legal experience representing clients in criminal defense. An attorney from our firm can walk you through the complicated Ohio criminal court process and build a strong criminal defense strategy on your behalf.
When prosecutors are working to gather any evidence to prove your guilt, it may feel as though the entire legal system is against you. The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. is here to reassure you that you have a hard-hitting, reliable advocate in your corner. We start each case by listening to your side of the story, which allows us to represent you for who you are, not your alleged crime. Contact us today to schedule your case evaluation. Our phone lines are open to clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so call us now.