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Serious Charges Require Serious Criminal Defense

At The Youngstown Criminal Law Group, there is no such thing as a minor criminal offense. You can trust that your lawyer will provide aggressive protection of your rights; fighting for your freedom and your future.

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Serving clients in Youngstown and communities throughout Steel Valley, Ohio.

Experience with misdemeanor and felony charges includes:

  • Federal and state narcotics charges
  • Sex crimes
  • Theft and property crimes
  • Fraud, ID theft and white collar offenses
  • Homicide, aggravated assault
  • Domestic violence charges
  • DUI defense and serious traffic tickets
  • Probation violations
  • Post-conviction relief, including appeals and record sealing

The Criminal Defense Process

Defined as the act of the police taking you into custody as a suspect, an arrest only takes a matter of moments. However, the arrest process includes the procedures and protocols that the arresting officer must follow by law after the arrest has taken place. Here is what you can expect to happen in the event that you are arrested:

  1. You will be read your Miranda rights. These are the rights that police officers are required to read to you by law prior to beginning any questioning. Miranda rights only have to be read to individuals who are being arrested and who are actually in police custody at the time. These rights, according to FindLaw, include:
    • You have the right to remain silent.
    • Anything you do say may be used against you in a court of law.
    • You have the right to have an attorney present during any questioning.
    • An attorney may be appointed for you if you cannot afford one.
    • If you decide to respond during questioning without an attorney present, you may stop at any point until you have been able to meet with your attorney.
  2. The arresting officer or officers may search your person as well as the immediate surroundings. This complete search is often done in order to ensure that you do not have any weapons on your person or within your possession. The search is also performed in order to collect evidence or contraband that might be on the scene.
  3. Personal property, including money, may be confiscated as inventory. During the search, which can include the immediate surroundings as well as your car if it is taken into police possession, your personal property may be taken by police. This property is collected as inventory, and will be recorded as such by the police. At the time that the inventory is taken, the police will provide you with a list of all items collected and you will be asked to sign this document. You should verify that the inventory document is accurate prior to signing it.
  4. You will be booked after the initial arrest is complete. This is the next step in the arrest process, in which the officer will ask you for your personal information. This can include basic identification information as well as photographs and fingerprints. Booking should occur within a reasonable time, often within hours of the arrest or in the morning after being arrested overnight. In most cases, you are allowed to make a phone call after the booking process is complete. If you feel that you are being detained for an excessive period of time, you may contact a lawyer. The lawyer can contact a judge in order to secure a writ of habeas corpus, which requires the arresting officers to bring you before the court in order to determine if your detainment is unlawful.
  5. Within 72 hours of being placed in custody, the prosecutor will announce any charges that are filed against you. The prosecutor receives information about the arrest from the officers after the initial arrest takes place. After the information has been received by the prosecutor's office, it is reviewed thoroughly and the prosecutor determines if any charges will be filed. While the prosecutor must make an initial decision on the charges within 72 hours, the prosecutor is not required to maintain the initial decision regarding these charges. In the event that the prosecutor uncovers additional evidence, the charges filed against you may be changed.
  6. Your first appearance in court will be the arraignment. At the arraignment, you will be read any charges that have been filed against you as a result of the arrest. If you have secured a lawyer, the lawyer will advise you as to whether or not you should plead guilty or not guilty to the charges that have been filed. In most cases, these are the two options for responding to the charges read at an arraignment. However, you may consider a third option with your lawyer, which is to respond with "no contest." This response is not always accepted by the judge, unless the judge feels that you are making it willingly and knowingly.
  7. In the event that you are placed in jail after the arraignment, you may be able to pay bail in order to leave the facility before your trial begins. The judge determines the amount of bail that must be posted in order to allow you to leave jail prior to the trial, and the amount of bail required typically increases based on the severity of the charges. You do not have a right to have the option to pay bail, and the judge may not allow you to post bail. However, if you are given the option and decide to post bail, you are making an agreement that you will in fact appear before the court at the scheduled time. The agreement allows you to receive a refund on your bail when you appear in court when you are requested to do so. If you do not appear in court at the appropriate time, you do not receive the refund and there also will be a warrant placed for your arrest.

Obtaining qualified legal counsel ensures that you receive the best results following your arrest. These legal experts will work with you to make sure that your best interests are being represented in the court.

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