Are The Scales Of Justice Tipped Against You?
There is an imbalance of power and resources in the criminal justice system. It is typically apparent that the district attorney’s office has a large staff of prosecutors, police, investigators, sophisticated crime labs and expert witnesses and a huge budget. This seemingly gives the prosecution a tremendous advantage.
In order to present a comprehensive and compelling defense against criminal charges, an attorney must be able to tip the balance of power in your favor, meeting the prosecutor fact for fact. At The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., we have more than 100 years of collective experience doing just that. We accomplish this by:
Conducting an investigation. Obtaining knowledge of your case and examining all of the evidence will allow us to build a strong criminal defense strategy. Investigating every possible avenue makes us the most prepared team in the courtroom.
Preparing for a trial. Not every case goes to trial, but not every case can be resolved through negotiation. From day one, we build each case to be trial-ready, making it clear to prosecutors that we will not back down. We have the proven ability to argue even the most serious criminal defense cases in front of a judge and jury.
Approaching each case with an unwavering commitment to results. When we take on a case, we bring the vision, work ethic and determination needed to see the case through. Because each case is unique, we listen to your goals and objectives. We build a criminal defense strategy based on your needs, and we follow through in pursuit of results. Our impressive history of verdicts and settlements is proof of that.
Defense Against All Criminal Charges
We handle cases involving minor infractions, misdemeanors and felonies. Any criminal conviction, no matter how small or big, could have potentially detrimental effects. Retaining a strong advocate could enable you to fight the allegations and move on with your life. Our lawyers can defend you against any criminal charges, including:
- Drunk driving
- Drug offenses
- Domestic abuse
- Violent offenses
- Sex offenses
- White collar offenses
- Theft offenses
- Traffic offenses
Our attorneys also handle post-conviction matters, including probation violations and expungement.
Defense In All Ohio Courtrooms
From our law offices in Columbus, Delaware and Mt. Gilead, we provide criminal defense representation in all courtrooms throughout the state. We defend people in both state and federal court. We also provide mayor’s court and municipal court representation.
Mayor’s court is unique. In mayor’s court, your case will be heard by a magistrate who is appointed by the mayor. Although you can have a trial in mayor’s court, the trial will be handled by the magistrate, and you will not be given the option of having a jury trial. If you demand a jury trial, your case will be transferred to the county’s municipal court.
Our lawyers are well-versed in handling cases in every courtroom, from mayor’s court to federal court. You can be confident in our ability to help you navigate the process while protecting your rights and preserving your freedom.
What Happens After A Person Is Arrested?
Shortly after an arrest, the arrested person will go through the booking process of being fingerprinted and photographed. They may also be held on bail or be released, which their lawyer can help influence. Finally, the arrested person will go to their arraignment, where they enter their plea.
Can Criminal Charges Be Sealed In Ohio?
Instead of being able to expunge your record in other states, Ohio offers the opportunity of sealing a record. After a record is sealed, it is similar to the offense never happening. Not all crimes are eligible for sealing, but your lawyer can help you determine what options are available for you.
If You Plan On Pleading Guilty, Do You Still Need A Lawyer?
You should always have a lawyer if you are facing criminal charges. A skilled attorney can help you with your guilty plea by attempting to pursue a better plea deal, which can include reduced sentencing and minimizing the charges.
Choose Experienced And Effective Representation
Attorneys from our law firm are AV peer-review rated* throuhg Martindale-Hubbell, and we have been selected to the Best Law Firms list by Best Lawyers® and U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, we have been listed in the Columbus Business First Central Ohio Top Law Firms feature. If you need strong and effective legal representation, we can deliver.
Act Now: Contact Us For A Free Consultation
What you do immediately after an arrest can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. We know that many people who are accused of committing a crime feel the urge to throw in the towel simply because police have convinced them that the evidence against them is too incriminating to fight. However, with solid representation from a trusted criminal defense lawyer at The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, there is nothing to fear.
If you would like to learn more about how we can help you fight criminal charges, contact us as soon as possible. We are dedicated to providing personal representation. Treating your case with the care and attention that it deserves is simply invaluable to your rights and peace of mind during this time. We are here to help you overcome this.
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.