Being charged with a crime is stressful and may leave you confused about how to proceed. Some people make the mistake of trying to represent themselves. Even in cases that are seemingly “easy,” such as a simple misdemeanor or when you plan to plead guilty, it is imperative to speak with a Springfield criminal defense lawyer first. A skilled attorney may be able to get the charges reduced or even dismissed in some situations. You should never plead guilty without letting an attorney at least attempt to negotiate a deal.
There are many different types of offenses for which an Ohio criminal defense attorney can represent you. These include, but are not limited to:
If you are convicted of a crime in Springfield, you will be facing immediate penalties as handed down in your sentence, but you will also have long-term consequences to deal with. Having a criminal record can harm your chances of getting certain jobs, renting an apartment, qualifying for a loan, and more.
If you are convicted of a crime in Ohio, the penalties will vary depending on what type of charges you are facing and how the crime is classified. There are two main categories — misdemeanors, which are less serious offenses and carry a lighter sentence, and felonies, which are the most serious and have the longest prison sentences and biggest fines.
Within the felony and misdemeanor classifications, there are tiered levels. Some of these include:
Take note that homicide and other serious offenses are not bound by the tiered classifications of felonies. The court has the discretion to determine the specific penalties for these offenses, which could be a life sentence without the possibility of parole or even the death penalty.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense in Ohio, contact the Comunale Law Firm to schedule a consultation. Let one of our skilled criminal attorneys help prepare the best defense possible.
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