Aggressive Ohio Lawyer Defends Clients Against Felony Charges
Experienced litigator assists accused individuals in Warren and Jefferson
A felony conviction not only triggers incarceration and other penalties, but also affects your ability to secure the job or home you want, possibly for the rest of your life. If you’re facing one of these serious charges, you need honest advice and forceful advocacy. In Trumbull and Ashtabula counties, Garrett Stern, LLC provides exceptional representation and service to individuals accused of felonies involving alleged violence, theft, controlled substances and sexual misconduct. With nearly 20 years of legal experience including time as a prosecutor, I am able to offer a defense that serves my clients’ best interests.
Knowledgeable attorney provides strong advocacy in serious cases
Ohio law classifies felony crimes into five degrees, with first-degree felonies being the most serious. Certain offenses don’t fall within these classes and have sentence ranges specifically assigned to them. As an accomplished criminal defense attorney who has also represented the state in these matters, I have a thorough understanding of the statutory mandates and the types of agreements that prosecutors are willing to make in cases involving:
- Violent crimes — Murder charges, aggravated assault and other matters involving the use of weapons or physical force can subject defendants to mandatory minimums and decades of prison time. My background helps clients fight the authorities and secure fair treatment at every stage of their legal proceedings.
- Sexual offenses — Rape, which includes various types of forced or coerced sexual conduct, is a first-degree felony in Ohio, and in certain circumstances can trigger incarceration that runs longer than the 11-year maximum sentence that applies to those crimes. Convictions for sexual battery are usually third-degree felonies, which can be punished by up to five years of incarceration. These cases often involve sexual contact where a person misuses their authority, such as a teacher or coach. I know how emotional and difficult these accusations can be and work diligently to resolve issues relating to consent and offer other potential defenses.
- Robbery — Inflicting or threatening bodily harm while attempting a theft is a second-degree felony. This means that a prison sentence could run from two to eight years. If the harm involved is severe, that triggers a first-degree felony count.
- Felony OVI — A fourth conviction within 10 years for drunk driving, or operating a vehicle while under the influence, is a fourth-degree felony crime. Accordingly, the sanctions are typically tougher than those someone faces for a misdemeanor drunk-driving case. My firm investigates police actions and test results to determine if the allegations against you are based on improper legal grounds.
- Kidnapping — Depending on the particular facts, crimes relating to kidnapping or abduction can be first-, second- or third-degree felonies. In some instances, these cases can be prompted by miscommunications or misinterpretations about whether someone’s liberty was restricted. Whatever the fact pattern is in your case, I’ll help you mount a comprehensive defense.
Don’t give up your rights without gaining the advice of a qualified defense lawyer. My firm offers a free initial consultation to help people facing felony charges get professional advice tailored to their situation.
Contact a defense lawyer in Trumbull and Ashtabula counties for a free consultation on your felony charge
Garrett Stern, LLC advises Northeast Ohio individuals who have been accused of felonies and other criminal offenses. Please call 440-855-1304 or contact me online for a free initial consultation at my Warren or Jefferson office.