People can be arrested in Ohio for violations of federal, state, or local laws. Any arrest will immediately cause a number of complications in the life of an alleged offender, with many people having to miss work to appear in court and deal with the possible consequences of fines of imprisonment if convicted.

Facing any kind of criminal charges can be an extremely stressful and confusing process, especially for individuals who have never dealt with the criminal justice system. The good news is that you do not have to face these challenges alone.


Criminal Defense Attorneys in Columbus, OH | Sabol | Mallory

Were you or your loved one arrested or do you think you could be under investigation for an alleged criminal offense in Columbus? Whatever you do, make sure to exercise your right to remain silent until you have legal counsel.

Sabol | Mallory will aggressively defend you and fight to possibly get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Let our attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (614) 300-5088 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

Criminal Defense Cases We Handle

Sabol | Mallory handles a wide variety of criminal cases. Undoubtedly one of the most common causes of arrests is the crime of operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) in other states.

Some of the other kinds of crimes our firm handles include, but are not limited to:

  • Drug Crimes
  • Domestic Violence & Family Crimes
  • Theft
  • Sex Crimes
  • Weapons Crimes
  • Underage Offenses
  • Offenses Against the State
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Trespass
  • Homicide
  • Assault and Menacing
  • Soliciting
  • Traffic
  • Preventative Defense

Every single case involves its own unique factors. You may have different defense options available to you because of certain circumstances or factors applicable to your case. Call a Columbus DUI attorney near me for your FREE case evaluation.

Criminal Penalties in Ohio

Ohio divides its crimes into misdemeanors and felonies, and there are five classes of both misdemeanors and felony offenses. Both crimes are graded such that offenses of the first degree are the most serious.

With misdemeanors, an alleged offender could receive one of the following sentences if convicted:

  • First-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to 180 days in jail and/or fine of up to $1,000
  • Second-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to 90 days in jail and/or fine of up to $750
  • Third-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to 60 days in jail and/or fine of up to $500
  • Fourth-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to 30 days in jail and/or fine of up to $250
  • Minor Misdemeanor — Fine of up to $100

Felony offenses are more serious than misdemeanors, and convictions carry much harsher punishments. Sentencing for felonies in Ohio typically works as follows

  • First-Degree Felony — Three to 11 years in prison and/or fine of up to $20,000
  • Second-Degree Felony — Two to eight years in prison and/or fine of up to $15,000
  • Third-Degree Felony — Nine months to five years in prison and/or fine of up to $10,000
  • Fourth-Degree Felony — Six to 18 months in prison and/or fine of up to $5,000
  • Fifth-Degree Felony — Six to 12 months in prison and/or fine of up to $2,500

Mandatory sentences do apply to certain crimes in Ohio, and a court must impose a specific sentence or a sentence within a specified range in such cases. The statute of limitations is also important to keep in mind in criminal cases, as prosecutors must file charges within a certain amount of time from when an alleged crime occurred.

Ohio has no statute of limitations on murder offenses, but the statute of limitations for a minor misdemeanor is only six months. If a prosecutor does not file criminal charges within six months of the commission of a minor misdemeanor, then a court will not hear the case.

Some people who are convicted of crime may receive sentences of probation instead of imprisonment. While probation generally allows an individual the ability to largely continue their normal daily life, there are a number of very important court requirements that need to be strictly adhered to.

When a person violates their probation, they can face new criminal charges and also be subject the original sentence for the underlying crime. It is critical for any person on probation to make sure they clearly communicate with their probation officer about any trips out of state, changes in employment, or residential moves.

Columbus, OH Criminal Defense Resources

Franklin County Sheriff | Franklin County, Ohio — Go to this website to learn more about the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. You can find information about the agency’s different divisions, including Administration, Administrative Services, Corrections, Investigations, Patrol, Research & Development, Security Operations, and Support Services. You can also find information on different services and programs.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office373 S. High St.Columbus, Ohio 43215 (614) 525-3333

Franklin County Municipal Court Clerk — Visit this website to search court records in Franklin County. You can also learn about the judges and magistrates as well as court services. The website also provides information for different divisions as well as forms for criminal or traffic cases.

Franklin County Municipal Court375 S. High St.Columbus, OH 43215(614) 645-8186

Columbus Bar Association — The Columbus Bar Association is the first and oldest bar association in Ohio. Visit this website to view publications, learn about committees, and find continuing legal education (CLE) information. The Resources for the Public section includes helpful information about law basics.

Columbus Bar Association175 S. 3rd St. #1100Columbus, OH 43215(614) 221-4112

Contact a Columbus Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

If you or your loved one were arrested or believe that you might be under investigation for an alleged crime in the Columbus area, it is critical that you quickly seek legal representation. Contact Sabol | Mallory as soon as possible.

Our firm has more than 20 years of combined experience fighting to protect people’s rights. Call (614) 300-5088 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.

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