We, at the Youngstown Criminal Law Group, have efficient and experienced Youngstown Ohio criminal lawyers, who do not consider any criminal offense as a minor one. We ensure that our lawyers can offer aggressive legal representation in favor of your rights and interest, thereby fighting for your freedom and a brighter future tomorrow.
The Youngstown Criminal Law Group is recognized as one of the "40 Under 40 Rising Stars" in Criminal Law across Ohio. We extend our services in communities like Steel Valley, Ohio, and all across Youngstown.
We have experience in several misdemeanors and felony charges such as:
- Homicide or Aggravated Assault
- Fraud, White Collar Crimes, and Identity Theft
- Theft & Property Offenses
- Domestic Violence
- Sex Crimes
- Federal & State Drug Crimes
- OVI offenses and Traffic Tickets
- Post-conviction Relief such as Record Sealing or Appeals
- Probation Violations
Upon being arrested and taken into police custody, there are some procedures and protocols which you have to follow.1. Miranda Rights
First, you will be read the law-mandated Miranda Rights prior to the police interrogation, which includes:
- The Right to be Silent
- Anything You utter can be used against you in the court
- Right to seek legal assistance during the interrogation
- If you cannot afford one, a lawyer can be appointed to you
- If you have responded while the interrogation is going on in the absence of an attorney, you have the right to stop at any juncture until you have a discussion with your lawyer.
You and your immediate surroundings are thoroughly searched by the arresting officer or officers in order to make sure that you do not possess weapons and also to gather contraband or evidence on the crime scene.3. Personal Property Confiscation
During the search, all your personal belongings and properties including your car can be taken into police possession as inventory and will be recorded by the law enforcement bodies. The police will provide you with a list of things that have been collected, which you might require to sign. But you should check the accuracy of the inventory document before signing it.4. Booking after the Completion of Initial Arrest
Next, you will have to provide your basic information such as identification details, photographs, and fingerprints. The booking should be completed within a reasonable time, within a few hours after the arrest or the morning after if arrested overnight. You can be allowed to make a phone call after the process has been completed. You can contact an attorney if you think that you are being detained for a prolonged period of time, who can resort to the judge for a writ of habeas corpus.5. Announcement of Charges within 72 Hours of Custody
The prosecutor will declare the charges for your arrest, after gathering information from the officers following the initial arrest and thoroughly reviewing it, within a period of 72 hours after being in custody. However, the prosecutor is not required to maintain the initial charges even beyond the 72 hours. If additional evidence can be collected, the charges may be subject to change.6. Arraignment
Your first appearance in the court, where you are read the charges against you, is the arraignment. If you resort to an attorney, he or she can guide you whether you should plead guilty or not for the charges filed against you. However, apart from these two options, you can also respond with a “no contest’ which might not always be accepted by the judge unless he or she is convinced that you are doing so with your will and in complete awareness.7. Requesting & Paying for Bail
You may have to pay for bail if you want to leave the facility before the beginning of the trial if you are put in jail after the process of arraignment. The amount of bail is determined by the judge, and depends on the seriousness of the charges. You do not have the option to pay the bail and the judge might not permit you to post bail. But if you are provided with the option and decide to post bail, you are agreeing to appear in the court on the stipulated time. The agreement enables you to a refund on the bail by appearing in the court when you are asked to do so. But if you fail to appear in the court at the right time, you will not be liable for the refund and a warrant might be issued for your arrest.
Therefore, in order to obtain the best outcome following your arrest, you need to seek the legal counsel of expert Youngstown Ohio criminal lawyers, who can represent you in the court in the best possible manner. Contact the Youngstown Criminal Law Group now for our experienced criminal defense attorneys.