Criminal Law

My Case Status Says Disposed – What Does That Mean?

In the criminal justice system, keeping track of a case status is important for all parties involved. Understanding these statuses helps defendants and their attorneys manage expectations and prepare for the potential outcomes of their legal process. One particular term you might encounter within case statuses is “disposed.”  Disposed indicates that official legal proceedings for… read more

How the Adult and Juvenile Criminal Processes Are Different

The criminal justice systems for adults and juveniles diverge considerably in philosophy, process, and outcomes. If you’ve been charged as an adult or dealing with a child or loved one who has been charged as a juvenile, this can be an immensely challenging time.  Understanding these differences between the adult and juvenile criminal processes can… read more

The Steps of a Criminal Trial in Ohio

If you’re a criminal defendant in Ohio, understanding how the state’s court system works is critical to building your defense strategy. The process typically begins with an arrest or citation, in which case you will then be brought to the police station and ‘booked.’ This is where the criminal court process really starts. Here’s what’s… read more

What Happens If the Police Don’t Read You Your Rights in Ohio?

Most of us have heard it before on television police dramas: “You have the right to remain silent….” That is the sound of a police officer “reading you your rights.” But what happens if the police fail to read you your rights? Do you walk away from what would otherwise be a criminal prosecution? The… read more

What Happens at a Status Hearing in a Criminal Case?

After an arrest, there are many steps in the criminal process. If you plead not guilty, your case proceeds toward a criminal trial. However, the court may hold one or more status hearings before a trial. A status hearing or status conference is an opportunity for the court and the parties to check the status… read more

Breaking Down Attorney-Client Privilege in Dayton: What It Means and How It Can Affect Your Case

You may have reservations when a lawyer says you can tell them anything because you have an attorney-client privilege. However, rest assured that your discussions remain confidential as long you meet certain requirements. A good Criminal Defense attorney diligently protects your rights, including what you tell them in confidential conversations. Here’s what you need to… read more