Criminal Defense, OVI/DUI & Traffic Offenses
Northeastern Ohio Criminal Defense Representation
At Smith and Miller, Attorneys at Law, in Jefferson, Ohio, our experienced team of professionals handles a diverse range of misdemeanor and felony criminal defense matters throughout the region. We understand that when you are facing a criminal charge, you are worried about how it will affect your life, your family, your rights and even your freedom.
It is important to speak with an attorney before taking any action in a criminal matter. Not only can we ensure that your rights are protected while building an effective defense, we also put decades of experience behind recognizing excessive prosecution and exposing flaws in the case against you. From DUI to violent offenses, we have the resources and experience to take your case.
Misdemeanor and Felony Criminal Defense
We are equipped to take on a broad range of state criminal charges, and our representation is backed by the experience of former prosecutors with significant courtroom experience. We take on cases involving:
- Domestic violence
- DUI and traffic offenses
- Drug charges
- Violent crimes
Our office also assists clients in expungements which, under limited situations, can be used to clear your name of a prior arrest or conviction. If you have been convicted of a non-violent crime and more than a year has passed, then you may be eligible for record-clearing options that can help you get a job, loan or place to live.
DUI and Traffic Offenses
Among the most common kinds of cases we take on are DUI/OVI charges, due to area police dramatically increasing the frequency of roadside sobriety checks. These are serious criminal charges, with the penalties for a first offense including three days in jail or a Driver Intervention Program (DIP) along with fines up to $1000, loss of driving privileges for six months, and a driver’s license reinstatement fee. Multiple offenses or an unusually high BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) reading can carry even heftier fines.
Our lawyers also take on other traffic offense violations, such as speeding or driving with a suspended license, which are becoming more common on heavily monitored roads, such as I-90, State Route 11 and State Route 20. We know how dramatically the potential loss of a license can affect your life and even your job, which is why we focus on getting results for you.
Take the First Step
To schedule a consultation with our attorneys, Ashtabula County residents please call 440-576-9155, residents outside of Ashtabula County please call 866-373-0497 or contact us online to schedule an appointment or jail visit. It is best to have the charging document ready for us to review. Then we can hear your side of the story and review the evidence against you in order to begin building a strong defense.
Our Jefferson office is conveniently located right across the street from the Ashtabula County Courthouse.