Cincinnati Criminal Attorneys

by joesuhre on February 18, 2011

in Uncategorized

Former Prosecutors & Police Can Make The Difference On Your Criminal Matter In Cincinnati

I’m Joe Suhre with Suhre & Associates.  At Suhre & Associates we provide rigorous and professional legal defense for people facing criminal charges in Greater Cincinnati.

Whether you or a family member have been charged with a Felony charge (at the state or Federal level) or Misdemeanor charge,  our criminal defense lawyers are some of the most aggressive defense attorneys in Greater Cincinnati.

On this website, I have tried to answer many of the common questions that come up about criminal law and the life altering effect that a criminal arrest can have.

This blog was designed with you in mind.  We have carefully arranged the categories and topics sections (just to the right) to give you the most information possible to help you understand how your particular situation fits in the criminal law courts system.

Or, just type in your question in the search box to the right, and hopefully I have an answer to your question here.

Remember…if you or a loved one has been arrested on a criminal charge in Cincinnati, give our office a call at our 24 Hour Emergency Number at 513 333 0014.

Our experienced Cincinnati criminal defense attorneyMike Zimmerman – are ready to assist you.

What Happens If I Plea?

by robhealey on April 15, 2013

in General Criminal Law Issues

Before you enter a plea, the court will make sure you understand the rights you are waiving.  Your lawyer will review this with you before you enter the plea and talk to the judge.

Your lawyer will explain the nature of the consequences of the charge.  Your lawyer will also tell you what a guilty plea means.

The court will want to make sure that you agree to the plea.  And that no one has forced or threatened you to enter the plea.

The court will want to make sure you are a citizen of the United States.  If you are not, the court will make sure you understand the consequences of a plea for you.

You will give up the right to trial, bail, bond, continuances, to have the state prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, the right to use the court’s compulsory process to subpoena witnesses to testify in your defense, the right to remain silent, etc.

Once this is done, all that is left is for the judge to hear the facts and determine guilt.  Then you will be sentenced.

If the sentence requires jail time expect to have to begin serving the jail time immediately.  You can ask for a stay of the jail time, but that is up to the court.

If you are charged with a crime in Cincinnati, it is best to call the lawyers at Suhre & Assoc., LLC right away at 513-333-0014.

 

I Didn’t Do It Why Was I Charged?

by robhealey on January 11, 2013

in Pretrial Issues

Charged with a crime, but you didn’t do it?  Wondering how that happened?

There is a good chance that the police didn’t even talk to you before indicting you on a crime.  It happens when someone tells police that they observed you commit a crime.

That is all it takes in most cases to have someone arrested.  They will spend up to a few days in jail in some cases before even going to court.

Once you appear in court, the bond might be $25,000 or more if the crime alleged is serious, like burglary.  You can also be placed on house arrest.  It is always best to consult with a Cincinnati Criminal Lawyer as soon as you think the police consider you as a suspect in a crime.

Call our 24 Hour Emergency Hotline at 513-333-0014 if you, or a family member, have been charged with a felony or need a federal criminal lawyer.  Our Cincinnati Area Criminal Lawyers also serve Mason, Lebanon, and West Chester.

Now is the perfect time to put the experience of an AWARD WINNING LAW FIRM, WITH FORMER PROSECUTORS, AND A FORMER POLICE OFFICER to work for you.

Mitigation

by robhealey on September 21, 2012

in General Criminal Law Issues

What is Mitigation?  Mitigation is best described as things that you can do before and after sentencing to lessen your sentence.

You want to hire a Cincinnati lawyer that can tell you his plan to mitigate your charges and sentence if you are found guilty of a crime. It does not matter what you have been charged with, there is always something you can do.

Even if you are in jail there are things you can do like obeying the rules, no fighting, getting a job, or entering a treatment program.  If you are not in jail the possibilities are even better that you can be doing things to help your sentence.

Treatment is one of the best ways to show the prosecutor and judge you are helping yourself prevent future criminal charges.  This is good for them to hear because they will often give you credit for taking that effort and reward you with a lesser charge.

The judge will also like to hear you have completed treatment and that will likely greatly lessen your jail time.  If you have been charged with a crime, make sure the lawyer you hire has a plan for mitigation and not just an understanding of the law.

If you, or a family member, have been charged with a federal crime or need a federal criminal lawyer, give our Cincinnati Criminal Lawyers a call on their 24 Hour Emergency Hotline at 513-333-0014.  Because now is the perfect time to put the experience of an AWARD WINNING LAW FIRM, WITH FORMER PROSECUTORS, AND FORMER POLICE OFFICERS to work for you.

Arraignment in Federal Court

by robhealey on August 5, 2012

in Uncategorized

Have you been arrested or ordered to appear on Federal Criminal Charges in Cincinnati, Ohio?  The first appearance is called the arraignment.

 

This will be before a magistrate-judge.  The charges against you will be presented to you in court and you will have an opportunity to argue for release from custody.

 

If you are not released you will be retained.  If you are released, there can be conditions.

 

Conditions can include limits on travel, notification to your employer of the pending charges, etc.

 

You will want to have a lawyer represent you at this hearing and argue for your release.  The next court date will be a pretrial where the judge, prosecutor and defense lawyer will talk about possible resolutions of your case in the best way possible.

 

If you, or a family member, have been charged with a federal crime or need a federal criminal lawyer, give our Cincinnati Criminal Lawyers a call on their 24 Hour Emergency Hotline at 513-333-0014.  Because now is the perfect time to put the experience of an AWARD WINNING LAW FIRM, WITH FORMER PROSECUTORS, AND FORMER POLICE OFFICERS to work for you.

 

Do You Have A Warrant?

by robhealey on May 21, 2012

in Warrants

Yes.  You just found out from a friend, or more unfortunately from a police officer at a traffic stop.

What you need to do is contact an attorney right now!  A lawyer will listen to the facts of the allegation and give you the best advice about your criminal matter in the Cincinnati area.

The police do not need you present to file criminal charges against you.  Most misdemeanor charges are filed by police as they witness the conduct, or arrive to investigate recently after it happens.

However, sometimes people will come forward days, weeks, months, and yes, sometimes many years after an offense occurred.  While police would be happy to be presented with overwhelming physical evidence of a crime, most crimes are just report by people.

People reporting crimes that happened outside of the presence of the police will be asked to swear out a statement called an affidavit.  This document allows the police to discourage frivolous and malicious claims.

Proceeding on the affidavit, the police will then determine if there is merit to the claim.  If so, they will issue a complaint.

The complaint is the document that charges the crime that is filed with the local court to make a record of it.  You will not likely be in the police station at the time, and the police may not even know where you are living.

In this case, and even when they do know where you are supposed to be, they will want a warrant.  To obtain a warrant the police will need to get it signed by a Judge.

The Judge will determine if there is probable cause based on the facts of the complaint whether to issue a warrant.  A warrant can extend various miles from the county where the offense was alleged to have occurred.

Once there is a warrant you will need a lawyer to help talk to the prosecutor and judge about having it recalled if possible.  This will often also be accompanied by a discussion about bond.

Once the warrant and bond are dealt with , your attorney can work on having a court date set to begin the process of defending your criminal charge.

Remember, there is no time too soon to call a lawyer when you are suspected of committing a crime!  Once you talk to the police, your lawyer will be hard pressed to undo any damage done by your admissions.

If you, or a family member, has been arrested, give our Cincinnati Criminal Lawyers a call on their 24 Hour Emergency Hotline at 513-333-0014.  Because now is the perfect time to put the experience of an AWARD WINNING LAW FIRM, WITH FORMER PROSECUTORS, AND FORMER POLICE OFFICERS to work for you.

Plea Negotiations

by robhealey on March 24, 2012

in Pretrial Issues

Will the prosecutor offer a deal in your Cincinnati criminal case?

Most likely, yes!  However, they will not talk to most defendants who do not have a lawyer.

Our Cincinnati Ohio criminal defense lawyers will talk to the prosecutor about the best deal that can be offered in your case.  The real question is, how good will it be?

The criminal defense lawyers at Suhre & Associates are able to negotiate with the prosecutor in your criminal case.  We will be able to get you the best deal available to meet your objectives.

This is important because you may not have to plea to a crime you are guilty of.  However, it might involve pleading to a crime that you did not commit.

You might also want to avoid the name of a particular crime from appearing on your record.  Also, you might want to avoid a particularly nasty mandatory minimum sentence that is part of a crime you are charged with.

If you, or a family member, has been arrested, give our Cincinnati Criminal Lawyers a call on their 24 Hour Emergency Number at 513-333-0014.  Because now is the perfect time to put the experience of an AWARD WINNING LAW FIRM, a FORMER PROSECUTOR, AND a FORMER POLICE OFFICER to work for you.

 

Bail And Bonds.

by robhealey on March 1, 2012

in Bail, Definitions

If you are arrested for a crime, the judge will usually set what is called “bail.” Bail is sometimes set, per a schedule, immediately after you are booked for a crime. For more serious crimes, bail may not be set until your arraignment, which is the court date where the charges are read against you and you enter your plea.

Bail is the amount of money you are required to pay in order to leave jail during the period between your arraignment and trial. In some cases, the judge may deny bail, meaning that you will have to stay in jail to await your criminal trial.

For example, individuals who commit particularly reprehensible crimes or who are considered to be a high flight risk may be denied bail. In most situations, you are not required to pay the full bail amount, but are instead allowed to post a portion of it, as a “bond.”

The bond is your promise that you will show up for all required court appearances. There are many different ways in which bond can be posted. The following is a primer on some of those ways.

If you, or a family member, has been arrested, give our Cincinnati Criminal Lawyers a call on their 24 Hour Emergency Number at 513-333-0014.  Because now is the perfect time to put the experience of an AWARD WINNING LAW FIRM, a FORMER PROSECUTOR, AND a FORMER POLICE OFFICER to work for you.

What Is Theft In Cincinnati, Ohio?

by robhealey on February 10, 2012

in Definitions

Theft in Ohio is defined in the Ohio Revised Code as follows:

(A) No person, with purpose to deprive the owner of property or services, shall knowingly obtain or exert control over either the property or services in any of the following ways:

(1) Without the consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent;

(2) Beyond the scope of the express or implied consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent;

(3) By deception;

(4) By threat;

(5) By intimidation.

Theft, in simpler terms, is the taking of another property without permission.  In Ohio, theft can be charged as wither a misdemeanor or a felony.  A conviction for a misdemeanor of the first degree is punishable by up to 6 months in jail!  And for a felony charge 5th degree, up to 6 -12 months in jail.  The higher level felony theft charges include even a harsher jail sentence.

If you have been charged with either a misdemeanor or felony theft charge, you are facing a potential jail sentence.  The Attorneys at Suhre & Associates include FORMER PROSECUTORS AND A FORMER POLICE OFFICER.  We will aggressively advocate for your defense starting with the collection of all evidence.

From there, we will perform an assessment of the evidence to determine where the weaknesses in the case lie.  This allows us to exploit those weaknesses to a level that may warrant a reduction, diversion, or an acquittal at trial.

If you are eligible, we may be able to negotiate with the prosecutors to allow you to enter the diversion program which ultimately leads to a DISMISSAL.

So, call Suhre & Associates, LLC at 513-333-0014 for a FREE CONSULTATION 24/7.  We truly do welcome your call and will answer all of your questions to the best of our abilities.

Do You Represent Juveniles?

by robhealey on February 2, 2012

in Juvenile

Yes.  In fact, juvenile crime is on the rise in Ohio and the penalties are become stiffer and stiffer for juveniles that are adjudicated or found guilty of crimes.  The penalties not only result in a juvenile criminal record but may include: fines, court costs, community service or confinement. 

A juvenile is considered anyone who is charged with an offense prior to his or her 18th birthday.  However, the juvenile court can sentence a juvenile to the Department of Youth Services up until their 21st birthday.  In addition, the State of Ohio can “bind” a juvenile over to the grand jury, if the crime is egregious, and have that individual tried as an adult.

The attorneys at Suhre & Associates, LLC include FORMER PROSECUTORS AND A FROMER POLICE OFFICER.  Having been on the “other side of the law” gives our attorneys an invaluable insight as to the way your child’s case will make its way through the juvenile court system. 

We begin your child’s representation with sitting down with you and getting a complete play by play of the facts.  Then, we file a motion for discovery which allows us to assess all the evidence the State has against your child.  In doing so, we are able to determine where the strengths of the case lie and what theory of litigation we can develop to overcome those strengths.  In turn, we also determine the weaknesses in the case.  By exploiting those weaknesses, we may be able to warrant a reduction to a lesser charge, enter into a diversion program which ultimately leads to a dismissal of the charge, or be acquitted at trial.

The days of getting a fine and a slap on the wrist are over for juveniles adjudicated or convicted of crimes in Ohio.  So, call Suhre & Associates, LLC at 513-333-0014 for a FREE CONSULTATION.  We truly do welcome your call 24/7.  Because now is the perfect time to put the knowledge and experience of FORMER PROSECUTORS AND A FORMER POLICE OFFICER to work for you.

 

What Is Assault?

January 19, 2012

The Ohio Revised Code defines Assault as: 2903.13 Assault. (A) No person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to another or to another’s unborn. (B) No person shall recklessly cause serious physical harm to another or to another’s unborn. Assault can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor depending on a [...]

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