When you face a criminal charge, it can seem like the odds are stacked against you. We’ll work diligently to protect your rights.
Introduction to Criminal Defense
At Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Zeiher Co. LPA, we’re committed to providing compassionate and experienced criminal defense for your charge. Watch the following video to hear Troy Wisehart answer your Criminal Defense Questions questions:
We understand the power that the government holds in a criminal investigation or court proceeding, and that you need a strong advocate working for you. We’ll work diligently to protect your rights and make sure your story is heard in court. Our goal is to fight on your behalf to get the best possible outcome for your criminal case.
Even a misdemeanor offense can be a serious legal matter in Ohio. The potential consequences if you’re convicted can negatively affect your life for a long time. Some may even follow you for the rest of your life. The consequences of an Ohio criminal conviction may include:
- Serving a jail or prison sentence
- Paying costly fines and court fees
- Acquiring a permanent criminal record that can affect whether you get hired for a job
- Losing or being denied a professional license to work as a teacher, nurse, pharmacist, doctor, lawyer, or other licensed professional
- Losing your driver’s license when you’re convicted of DUI or a drug offense
- Losing eligibility for federal financial aid for college when you’re convicted of a drug offense
- Losing your right to own a firearm when you’re convicted of a felony
- Losing your immigration visa or green card, being turned down for citizenship, or being deported for some crimes if you’re not an American citizen
When you face a criminal charge, it can seem like the odds are stacked against you. Everyone is supposed to be innocent unless proven guilty. However, all too often it can feel like you’ve been condemned from the moment you were arrested for a criminal offense. Police and prosecutors treat you like you’re guilty even if the facts are in dispute. It can feel like no one is on your side and that your voice isn’t being heard.
Our criminal defense attorneys are here for you. Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential case evaluation and to learn your defense options.
Types of Criminal Charges We Handle
Our criminal defense lawyers handle a broad range of offenses, including everything from minor misdemeanors to serious felony charges.
We have decades of experience defending cases on behalf of adults and juveniles in various courts in Ohio and the federal court system. We have tried countless cases, including murder charges. We have a history of successful representation of people from all walks of life who have been charged with crimes.
Some of the most common types of cases we see and defend in court include:
Drug Offenses — Drug offenses ranging from simple possession to drug trafficking charges can be very serious offenses in Ohio. The penalties can include long prison sentences and fines of tens of thousands of dollars.
DUI / OVI Offenses — DUI or OVI offenses are among the most common types of criminal charges in Ohio. Even a first offense can be a serious charge and result in a jail sentence, loss of your driver’s license, and other consequences.
Juvenile Offenses — Juvenile offenses can involve complex legal questions about a juvenile’s maturity and degree of responsibility for alleged criminal behavior. Additionally, layered issues involving the juvenile’s home or school life may be involved. It’s critical that a juvenile who faces an accusation of delinquency have a compassionate advocate who will look out for his or her best interests and work to preserve the juvenile’s future.
Assault & Domestic Violence Offenses — Assault and domestic violence offenses often involve heated emotions and complicated romantic or family relationships. A conviction can result in a jail sentence and fines. It may even affect the custody of your children. You may have to live with the stigma of being considered a violent offender if you’re convicted.
Employee Fraud — Employee fraud can result in serious criminal consequences; however, these situations are rarely easy to understand. Claims of payment fraud, receipt fraud, and travel fraud are often the result of a misunderstanding that we can help resolve.
Theft Offenses — Theft charges are common in Ohio. They’re often likely to be the result of a mistake or a one-time bad decision. If you’ve been charged with theft, you may have several options for fighting your charge or for minimizing the consequences.
White Collar Crimes — White collar crimes such as embezzlement or insurance fraud can be very serious offenses. You may face a lengthy prison sentence if you’re convicted. You also face a permanent criminal record as someone who committed an offense involving fraud or deception for financial gain, which may make it harder for you to find or keep a job.
Sex Offenses — Sex offenses such as rape or sexual assault can be serious felony offenses in Ohio. If you’re convicted, your status as a sex offender will be made public, which can affect your ability to find a job or an apartment. You also may be restricted from living or working in certain places. A conviction for a sex crime may have an impact on the custody of your children.
Major Felonies — Major felony charges may include murder, manslaughter, robbery, or kidnapping. They’re often associated with violence. A conviction may mean years or decades in prison. In some cases, a murder conviction can be punished with the death penalty in Ohio. When you face a major felony charge, it’s critical to your future that you seek help from a skilled criminal defense attorney.
Protecting Your Rights
One of our most important functions as criminal defense attorneys is to be aggressive about defending your rights when you’re being investigated or have been charged with a crime. It’s a basic principle of American law that people charged with crimes have certain rights designed to protect them. You have constitutional rights during every aspect of the criminal process — from an investigation to a trial.
Some of the rights you have when you’re investigated or charged with a crime include:
- Right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures
- Right to an attorney
- Right to stay silent
- Right to a speedy trial
- Right to a fair trial
- Right to a jury trial
- Right to confront your accuser
- Right not to be tried twice
If you think police or prosecutors have violated your rights, call the criminal defense lawyers at Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Zeiher Co. LPA today. If you were subject to an illegal search, illegal traffic stop, invalid arrest, or other violation, we may be able to convince a judge to dismiss your case or find another way to resolve your case.
Defend yourself from a criminal conviction
When you are charged with a crime, you need a criminal defense lawyer who will approach your case with compassion and who has the right experience to defend you. A good criminal defense lawyer is someone who will listen to you and consider your needs and goals and can clearly explain the criminal process.
At Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Zeiher Co. LPA, we stay on the cutting edge of criminal defense practice, including the latest developments in search and seizure laws or forensic science. We will always be honest about your options as we fight to get you the best possible outcome for your charge. You will never be just a number or a case file to us. In our eyes, you are an individual facing an uncertain future, and it is our job to do our best to protect your rights and your future.