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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.

 

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The Difference Between Misdemeanors and Felonies In Ohio

What is the difference between misdemeanors and felonies in Ohio? In most instances, a misdemeanor in Ohio is a crime that is punishable by not more than one hundred eighty days in jail. One cannot be sent to prison on a misdemeanor. Some felonies are punishable by six or more months in prison. All felonies in Ohio are punishable by at least six months in prison. Felonies can be sentenced to local jail time.   Ohio law sets forth the different classes of misdemeanors and their sentencing ranges: a misdemeanor of the first degree is not more than one hundred eighty days in jail; a misdemeanor of the second degree is not more than ninety days in jail; a misdemeanor of the third degree is not more than sixty days in jail; a misdemeanor of the fourth degree is not more than thirty days in jail; and a minor misdemeanor cannot consist of any jail time. (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…)

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.
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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.

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 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…)