> Felony | Daniel F. Gigiano Co., L.P.A.
CALL TODAY
(330) 336-3330

Posts tagged "felony"

Repeat OVI Offender Specifications Constitutional

Ohio Supreme Court Declares Repeat OVI Offender Specifications Constitutional

  In 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court found the repeat OVI offender specifications constitutional.  The accused challenged the Ohio DUI sentencing laws as unconstitutional because they violated equal protection of the law.  The Ohio Supreme Court did not agree with that argument.

 

(more…)


Filler Weight Is Included In Drug Cases

Filler weight is included in drug cases. Believe it or not, it is illegal to possess and sell fake drugs in Ohio.  Fake drugs are officially referred to as counterfeit controlled substances.  While a controlled substance is usually part of a class of illegal or strictly regulated substances, a counterfeit controlled substance is a non-controlled substances that a reasonable person would believe to be a controlled substance because of its similarity in shape, size, color, markings, labeling, packaging, distribution, or price.   (more…)

Can An Ohio Police Officer Arrest Someone Outside Their Jurisdiction?

Can an Ohio police officer arrest someone outside their jurisdiction? A police officer cannot arrest someone for a crime committed outside of their jurisdictional limits.  The question is what their jurisdictional limits are.  The state highway patrol and sheriffs or their deputies have the power to make arrests for violations on all state highways, but only for certain listed offenses.  Generally, all other police officers are limited to the area they were elected or appointed to serve.  Township police officers who are not commissioned peace officers cannot enforce traffic laws on any state highway.  Commissioned peace officers serving a township with a population of 50,000 or less cannot exercise their powers on interstate system highways.  Out of town officers hired or appointed by the local department have authority in that area for that limited time.   (more…)

No Time Limit On Charging Crimes When One Flees To Avoid Prosecution

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. (more…)

Intervention In Lieu Of Conviction

Intervention in Lieu of conviction is a program that allows one charged with a crime to obtain a dismissal at the conclusion of the program. In order to be eligible, drug addiction, alcohol addiction, or mental health issues must have played a part in the commission of the offense. The program focuses on treating, rather than punishing, the problem.   Once the charges are dismissed, the record is not sealed off from the public. The arrest record likely still exists. In order to wipe the docket and arrest from the record, one must file to have those records sealed and expunged. When can this record be expunged? Does one have to wait one year for a misdemeanor or three years for a felony? The Ohio Supreme Court addressed this question in State v. Niesen-Pennycuff. In this case, the Ohio Supreme Court held that, because the charges are dismissed at the conclusion of an intervention in lieu of conviction program, there is no conviction. The waiting periods only apply to convictions. Therefore, expungement of the docket and arrest is available immediately. However, the Ohio Supreme Court decided that, just because trial courts can immediately grant a request for expungement, it does not mean that they must. The trial courts could impose their own waiting period, even if the waiting period is as long as those for eligibility for expungement of convictions. A skilled criminal defense attorney, such as this Akron criminal law attorney near Barberton, can help one navigate the different situations and courts. (more…)

Can Something Be Done To Keep Me Out Of Jail?

When people accused of a crime come into my office, they often ask “can something be done to keep me out of jail?” More specifically, many clients ask if I can promise to keep them out of jail. I guess I am a little too honest. I do not make that promise. Does that mean I cannot do the job? No, it means I do not lie to people. I can promise to defend you with the knowledge and ability that I have accumulated for over twenty-one years of practicing law.   If someone is charged with a fourth or fifth degree felony, Ohio law basically tells the judge to give the person probation (technically called community control) unless there are some specific reasons not to do so. Does that usually mean that the person stays out of jail? Possibly, but the judge may decide to give a short jail sentence. Many of these felonies may qualify for diversion or intervention in lieu of a conviction. However, there may be technical problems with getting into an intervention in lieu of a conviction program and the prosecutor could decide that he or she does not want to offer diversion for a particular case. What if you do not like the terms of the diversion? Perhaps, you feel like the victim is inflating the losses and making you pay much more than they ever lost. You could take it to trial, and try to get your case reduced to a misdemeanor by a jury of your peers. Because the judge cannot send you to prison on a misdemeanor, you got this thing beaten, huh? Not so fast. That judge can still send you to jail on a misdemeanor conviction, especially if he or she thinks the actions that they heard during trial demand a response. Some crimes have minimum sentences. For example, DUIs have minimum sentences starting at three days in jail. Firearm specifications have at least a one year minimum prison term, often triggering a separate and consecutive prison term for the main felony charge.   (more…)

Can You Lie To The Police?

Can you lie to the police? No. You have the right to remain silent, not to lie, especially if that lie is designed to mislead the police. Then, the lie is considered obstruction of justice or obstruction of official business.   Obstructing justice is defined in Ohio Revised Code 2921.32 (R.C. 2921.32). It is a crime to attempt to hinder the discovery, apprehension, conviction or punishment of a person who has committed a crime. This can include lying or misleading the police, harboring or hiding the accused person, or helping the accused person evade the police. It can also include the use of bribery or intimidation. If the crime committed by the person aided is a misdemeanor, obstructing justice is a misdemeanor of the same degree. For example, if the aided person committed assault, a first degree misdemeanor, obstructing justice would be a first degree misdemeanor. If the crime committed by the person aided is a third, fourth or fifth degree felony, other potential penalties are specified under R.C. 2921.32.   Obstructing official business is defined in Ohio Revised Code 2921.31 (R.C. 2921.31), making it illegal to prevent, obstruct or delay a police officer or other public official in the performance of his or her official duties. (more…)

Tuscarawas Township DUI Attorney

One who drives through Tuscarawas Township and receives an OVI citation will be in need of the services of a Tuscarawas Township DUI attorney, who has the familiarity and experience to navigate one’s way through Massillon Municipal Court, Stark County Court of Common Pleas, and Stark County Juvenile Court, where misdemeanor, felony and juvenile DUIs are heard.   Misdemeanor DUI citations issued in Tuscarawas Township are sent to Massillon Municipal Court, Two James Duncan Plaza, Massillon, Ohio 44648.  Felony DUI indictments for an incident alleged to have occurred in Tuscarawas Township are filed in the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, 101 W. Tuscarawas Street, Canton, Ohio 44702.  Delinquency complaints alleging OVI in Tuscarawas Township are filed in the Stark County Juvenile Court, 110 Central Plaza South, Suite 601, Canton, Ohio 44702.   (more…)

Perry Township DUI Attorney

A person who is cited for DUI in Perry Township will need the services of a Perry Township DUI attorney.  A Perry Township OVI lawyer is an attorney who has the familiarity and experience to handle such cases in Massillon Municipal Court, Stark County Court of Common Pleas, and Stark County Juvenile Court, where misdemeanor, felony and juvenile DUIs are heard.   Individuals alleged to have committed a misdemeanor DUI in Perry Township would be required to attend hearings in Massillon Municipal Court, Two James Duncan Plaza, Massillon, Ohio 44648.  Individuals receiving a felony DUI indictment for an incident alleged to have occurred in Perry Township will be required to attend hearings in the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, 101 W. Tuscarawas Street, Canton, Ohio 44702.  Juveniles receiving delinquency by way of DUI complaints for incidents alleged to have occurred in Perry Township will be required to attend hearings in the Stark County Juvenile Court, 110 Central Plaza South, Suite 601, Canton, Ohio 44702.   (more…)

Jackson Township DUI Attorney

Daniel F. Gigiano, Wadsworth OhioWhen someone receives a DUI citation in Jackson Township, that person will need the services of a Jackson Township DUI attorney.  A Jackson Township OVI lawyer does not necessarily have an office in Jackson Township but has the familiarity and experience to handle such cases in Massillon Municipal Court, Stark County Court of Common Pleas, and Stark County Juvenile Court, where misdemeanor, felony and juvenile DUIs are handled. (more…)

Medina County Felony Trial Attorney

A Medina County Felony Trial Attorney is an aggressive advocate who fights for the rights of people who are accused of major crimes.  This type of attorney has taken several cases to trial and has multiple victories as a result.  These victories are not just pretrial victories, but involve putting it all on the line, picking a jury and being willing to allow that jury to decide the fate of the accused.  This type of attorney is the only type of attorney that can achieve a real victory in some cases.  Sometimes, the prosecutor does not offer a deal, but simply states that the accused can plead to the indictment and take their chances in front of the judge while the prosecutor asks for a lengthy sentence.  However, an experienced criminal trial attorney can muster the respect needed to get some kind of deal, even in the toughest situations. Only the experienced felony trial attorney can potentially get some of the charges eliminated by the very real threat of taking the matter to trial, not to win, but to simply eliminate the offenses that the prosecutor cannot prove.  Only the experienced felony trial attorney can convince the prosecutor that the State of Ohio could potentially lose so much credibility in losing on some counts, that the remainder of the counts could be in jeopardy at trial.  Finally, the felony trial attorney can simply take the case to trial. (more…)

Dalton Criminal Defense Attorney

A Dalton criminal defense attorney defends individuals accused of committing crimes in Dalton, Ohio.  The Dalton criminal defense lawyer in Wayne County, Ohio, provides defenses for a variety of criminal cases, such as felony drug possession, sex offenses, felony theft, menacing, and DUIs.  An experienced Wooster criminal defense attorney in Medina County determines and pursues potential defenses, as well as errors in the police investigation that can lead to a dismissal of the charges.  The value of finding such defenses or errors is immeasurable, saving the client from consequences such as prison, jail, house arrest, fines and suspension of their driver’s license.  Errors in police investigation are usually challenged through a motion to suppress, which, if granted by the court, would prevent the State of Ohio from presenting evidence that was obtained from the police’s wrongful conduct.  Having such evidence removed from use at trial can result in immediate dismissal of the charges or seriously impair the prosecutor’s case at trial. (more…)

Burbank Criminal Defense Attorney

A Burbank criminal defense attorney provides aggressive representation for individuals accused of crimes in Burbank, Ohio.  The Burbank criminal defense lawyer is available to represent people named as defendants in court for a wide variety of crimes, including rape, gross sexual imposition, drug trafficking, forgery, domestic violence, menacing, theft, driving under suspension, DUI, and traffic offenses.
(more…)

West Salem Criminal Defense Attorney

A West Salem criminal defense attorney provides aggressive representation for individuals accused of committing a crime in West Salem, Ohio.  The types of crimes one may be accused of consists of a wide range, including felonious assault, gross sexual imposition, trafficking in drugs, domestic violence, sexual imposition, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, disorderly conduct, and traffic offenses.

West Salem Criminal Defense Attorney Practices In Wayne County Courts 

  Crimes alleged to have been committed in West Salem, Ohio, can be heard in one of several Wayne County Courts.  Misdemeanor charges are heard in the Wayne County Municipal Court 215 S. Grant St., Wooster, Ohio 44691 or West Salem Mayor’s Court, 27 S. Main St., West Salem, Ohio 44287. Felony charges can begin in municipal court, but the majority of the case, and any trials will be heard in Wayne County Court of Common Pleas, 107 W. Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio 44691. Juvenile cases arising out of West Salem are heard in the Wayne County Juvenile Court, 107 W. Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio 44691.

West Salem Criminal Defense Attorney Explains The Process 

  Criminal cases start with the arraignment and bond hearing, followed by the pre-trial.  If the matter cannot be resolved, it then proceeds to a trial to the court or trial by jury. In the event of a conviction, the matter proceeds to sentencing. Misdemeanor cases typically have a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail. Felony cases can result in a prison sentence.

West Salem Criminal Defense Attorney Practices In Medina County Courts and Stark County Courts

  To learn about other nearby criminal courts, click on any of the following links: Burbank criminal defense attorney; Smithville criminal defense attorney; Medina criminal defense attorney; Wadsworth criminal defense attorney; Massillon criminal defense attorney. To read more on criminal law, click on any of the following links to my other articles related to criminal law: Ohio outlaws debtors’ prison; What is felony theft in Ohio; Medina County felony trial attorney; Automatic lifetime registration for juvenile sex offenders is unconstitutional; Ohio has a unique restriction on traffic stops; When is consent to search valid; Castle law allows you to defend yourself in your home. My hard work has resulted in successful results for many of my clients, including the results shown in the case highlights section. This success is reflected in the following links to my reviews and work: Daniel Gigiano reviews; Daniel Gigiano ratings; Daniel Gigiano; Daniel Gigiano work; Working with Daniel Gigiano.

Learn How West Salem Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You 

  Attorney Gigiano is an experienced West Salem criminal defense attorney in Medina County.  Attorney Gigiano regularly practices in the Wayne County Courts, as well as other local courts.  If you have questions about this or other questions you need answered by an experienced Orrville criminal defense lawyer in Wadsworth, please call Attorney Daniel F. Gigiano at 330-336-3330.  Attorney Gigiano’s office is located at 102 Main St., Ste. 200, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281.

Marshallville DUI Attorney

A Marshallville DUI attorney represents individuals charged with OVI in Marshallville and other parts of Wayne County.  DUIs in Ohio are called OVIs, which stands for “operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”  OVI cases can contain two different offenses: (1) the OVI charge, which alleges that the person operated a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them; and (2) the BAC charge, alleging the person operated a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, as determined by a chemical test. (more…)

Wayne County Criminal Defense Attorney

A Wayne County Criminal Defense attorney represents individuals charged with a crime alleged to have been committed in Wayne County, Ohio.  A Wayne County criminal defense lawyer represents individuals for a variety of criminal cases, such as aggravated vehicular homicide, negligent homicide, drug abuse, disorderly conduct, and traffic offenses.  An experienced Wooster criminal defense attorney in Wayne County investigates defenses that can lead to acquittals and dismissal of charges. (more…)

Smithville Criminal Defense Attorney

A Smithville criminal defense attorney in Wayne County defends individuals accused of committing a crime in Smithville, Ohio.  A criminal defense lawyer in Smithville provides defense for a variety of criminal cases, such as negligent homicide, felony OVI, drug trafficking, assault, disorderly conduct and traffic offenses.  An experienced Wayne County criminal defense attorney determines and pursues potential defenses, as well as errors in the police investigation that can lead to a dismissal of the charges.  Uncovering such defenses or errors can save the client from the severe consequences that can result from a criminal conviction, such as prison, jail, house arrest, fines and suspension of their driver’s license.  Errors in police investigation can be exposed by filing and pursuing a motion to suppress, which, if granted by the court, would prevent the State of Ohio from presenting evidence arising out of the police’s wrongful conduct.  If the evidence is vital to the State of Ohio’s case, this can result in dismissal of the charges. (more…)

Wooster DUI Attorney

A Wooster DUI attorney handles the following types of cases:  DUI, OVI, driving under suspension, and other traffic offenses.  OVI is the acronym for “operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” and such cases typically consist of two potential offenses: (1) the OVI charge, which alleges that the person operated a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them; and (2) the BAC charge, which usually alleges that the person operated a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, which is determined by a breath sample, or an equivalent amount by blood serum or plasma or urine, as well as levels of various drugs.  Depending on the number of prior offenses, there are minimum periods of suspension and incarceration set forth under Ohio law. (more…)

Wooster Criminal Defense Attorney

A Wooster criminal defense attorney represents individuals alleged to have committed a crime in Wooster.  A Wayne County criminal defense lawyer in Wooster provides defense for a variety of criminal cases, such as employee theft, vandalism, criminal damaging, drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and traffic offenses.  An experienced Wayne County criminal defense attorney determines and pursues potential defenses, as well as errors in the police investigation that can lead to a dismissal of the charges.  Finding such defenses or errors can save the client from consequences such as prison, jail, house arrest, fines and suspension of their driver’s license.  Errors in police investigation can be exposed through a motion to suppress, which, if granted by the court, would prevent the State of Ohio from presenting evidence arising out of the police’s wrongful conduct.  If the evidence is crucial, this can result in dismissal of the charges. (more…)

Sterling DUI Attorney

A Sterling DUI attorney in Wayne County, Ohio handles DUIs, OVIs, BAC cases, physical control cases, and underage consumption DUI cases.  OVI is defined in Ohio Revised Code 4511.19 (R.C. 4511.19), bearing the title “operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”  The OVI charges can be made up of two separate crimes: (1) the OVI charge, which alleges that the person operated a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them; and (2) the BAC charge, which usually alleges that the person operated a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, which is determined by a breath sample, or an equivalent amount by blood serum or plasma or urine, as well as levels of various drugs.  OVI convictions carry a mandatory driver’s license suspension. (more…)

Next Page »