Ohio felony sentencing laws place most Ohio crimes into five classes. These range from the lowest (fifth degree felony) to the highest (first degree felony). This article will focus on the basic sentencing scheme. This article will not discuss specialized Ohio felony sentencing laws, such as the death penalty, life imprisonment, and mandatory additional prison time. Rape and murder are crimes that fall into such specialized Ohio felony sentencing laws.
There is no time limit on charging crimes when one flees to avoid prosecution. In State v. Bess
, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that Ohio law tolls or stops the running of the statutes of limitations when the offender purposefully avoids prosecution. This applies to crimes that had not yet been charged or even discovered, as long as the offender purposefully avoids prosecution. In this case, Bess learned in 1989 that he was being investigated for raping a young girl. He fled to Georgia and assumed a false identity in order to avoid prosecution. He was indicted later that same year. He remained in Georgia until he was arrested in 2007 and returned to Ohio. During trial preparation, the prosecutor interviewed the girl’s brother and learned for the first time that he too was raped by Bess. A second indictment charged Bess with that rape. Bess was convicted. While there was no question that the State of Ohio could try Bess for rape of the girl, the real question was whether he could be charged and convicted of a crime eighteen years after he purposefully fled to avoid prosecution. The Ohio Supreme Court said that he could be charged and convicted in this manner because he purposefully fled the jurisdiction to avoid prosecution.
My office receives a lot of phone calls asking what I charge for a criminal defense or DUI defense. Some of these prospective clients are looking for a cheap criminal defense attorney or a cheap DUI attorney. Some are just trying to get an idea of the range of criminal attorney fees. We happily give them our fee and tell them what we do for that fee. However, it is really difficult to really show them all that we do for that fee. While we have a competitive fee, we are not the lowest fee. We do not want to be the lowest fee because of the loss of professionalism and service that would likely occur if we were to charge such a low fee.
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Daniel Gigiano is an attorney who cares about getting justice for his clients, as well as looking out for their well-being. This culture of going the extra mile had its roots back in the days when he was an assistant prosecutor. While working in the juvenile division, word got around that Attorney Gigiano not only ran a tight ship and was a bulldog in the courtroom, but he also took the extra time with the people involved in the cases, as well as opposing counsel. Word traveled quickly, as the people involved and his peers spoke highly of his work. Attorney Gigiano was promoted to supervisor where he managed a large caseload. He continued to receive compliments for his willingness to give his time to people and ensure justice. (more…)