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Criminal Misdemeanor Attorney Columbus Ohio

With criminal misdemeanor charges, you have more options than you think. As a Columbus Ohio experienced criminal misdemeanor defense attorney, I pay close attention to the details, anticipate problems, and solve them before they become an issue. Hire an attorney that will fight hard for the results you depend on.

Types of Misdemeanors

A Criminal Misdemeanor is generally punishable up to 1 year in jail and/or court costs and fines. In Ohio, a criminal misdemeanor is categorized as follows:

Misdemeanor Process

The person that is charged with a crime is called a Defendant, and the Criminal Prosecutor represents the state or county. When a person faces criminal misdemeanor charges, they can be charged with various categories of Criminal Misdemeanor or Felony. The criminal prosecutor makes the decision to dispose of a case by a plea bargain, dismissal, acquittal, or a criminal conviction. The various stages of criminal procedure with criminal misdemeanor are Arraignment, Pretrial, and Trial.


After a person is charged with a crime, a Criminal Misdemeanor Arraignment is set for the initial pleading of a crime. The criminal misdemeanor defendant has the following possible pleadings:

If a criminal misdemeanor defendant pleads not guilty, they may have a trial by the judge or a trial by jury (except minor misdemeanors where a trial by judge is required). In addition, Bail is set at arraignment with a Bail Hearing. The criminal misdemeanor defendant has the right to have a trial heard within a certain time limitation, unless the defendant voluntarily waives those time limitations. Pleading Guilty to certain offenses may have consequences on deportation for immigrants.

Defendant's Right to Speedy Trial

You have a right to a speedy trial under the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution, requiring that the trial be held within a certain time frame after a person has been charged with a crime. This right can be waived by asking for additional time for the preparation of your defense. With limited exceptions, a criminal misdemeanor defendant should be brought to trial in Ohio within the following time frames:

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

You have a right to a trial where the criminal prosecutor must prove their case Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. Every criminal misdemeanor case has its own unique set of circumstances, and the strength or weakness of a criminal misdemeanor case depends on the specific facts and how those facts apply to the specific criminal law. Take the time to speak with an attorney to evaluate your criminal misdemeanor case.

List of Misdemeanor(s)

Criminal Assault Misdemeanor Crime(s):

Kidnapping & Extortion Misdemeanor Crime(s):

Sex Offenses Misdemeanor Crime(s):

Arson & Vandalism Misdemeanor Crime(s):

Trespass Misdemeanor Crime(s):

Theft & Fraud Crime(s):

Gambling Misdemeanor Crime(s):

Criminal Offenses Against the Public Peace:

Criminal Offenses Against the Family:

Criminal Offenses Against the Justice of The Peace:

Criminal Conspiracy, Attempt, Complicity, Weapons Control, & Corrupt Activity:

Criminal Drug Offenses:

Miscellaneous Criminal Offenses:

Motor Vehicles Crimes:

Driver's License Suspension Crimes:

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In my free initial consultation, I assess what is going on with a client and determine if I can help them with their criminal misdemeanor case. My misdemeanor fees are based on the complexity of the case, but I try to competitively price my misdemeanor fees in a reasonable, affordable, and efficient way. Please call me to set up a free initial consultation to learn more about misdemeanor crimes at:

Phone: (614) 445-3000

Address: 1141 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43206


Take the next step, and call today.

Columbus Ohio Attorney Ronald Wittel

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