Dayton Criminal Defense Attorney

Have you been arrested or charged with a crime in Dayton, OH? Then you need to contact a Dayton criminal defense attorney from Suhre & Associates, LLC as quickly as possible. Don’t hesitate to call our law office at (937) 531-0435 to arrange your free consultation.

When you are arrested, the police and state’s attorney will work diligently to convict you and ensure that you face significant punishment. With so much on the line, it’s in your best interest to fight back just as hard. How? By hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney with a broad understanding of the Ohio’s criminal justice system.

When you turn to an experienced attorney for help, you can begin to pursue not just the reduction of your criminal charge, but potentially even complete dismissal. At Suhre & Associates, LLC, we have been helping the people of Dayton, Ohio and the greater Montgomery County area defend themselves against state and federal criminal charges for years. If you’ve been arrested for a crime or are facing criminal charges, we’re here to help you too.

Why You Should Call Our Dayton Criminal Defense Lawyers After an Arrest

A criminal defense attorney helping his client in Dayton, OH

Whether you’ve been questioned in connection with a crime, placed under arrest, or formally charged with a violation of state or federal law, it’s important to take the situation seriously. Your future hangs in the balance – and how your future unfolds depends on the decisions you make right now. 

That’s why you should turn to the Dayton criminal defense attorneys from Suhre & Associates, LLC for help. Our attorneys have 100+ years of combined legal experience. And, we have varied backgrounds – ranging from former police officers to public defenders to prosecutors – which means that we can be prepared for whatever curveballs might come our way during the course of your criminal proceeding.

Here’s what you can expect when you have the Suhre & Associates, LLC, legal team in your corner:

We’ll Coordinate A Detailed Review of Your Arrest to Determine If It Was Lawful

The criminal charges you’re facing can’t stand if the underlying arrest wasn’t lawful. So, our attorneys make it a point to carefully scrutinize your arrest from every possible angle. If we determine that the arresting officer lacked reasonable suspicion to stop you or didn’t have a warrant or probable cause necessary to take you into custody, we’ll immediately bring that to the court’s attention. If a judge agrees, the state will be forced to abandon its criminal case against you and set you free.

We’ll Make Aggressive Challenges to Any Evidence Presented to the State

You have certain rights under the law that simply cannot be violated without a very good reason. And, those good reasons (called exigent circumstances) are few and far between. So, police must comply with strict rules and procedures when doing their jobs – and that includes performing searches and seizing evidence.

If evidence is obtained unlawfully, we will work hard to prove it. We’ll review the record, interview witnesses, find breaches in the chain of custody, and do everything in our power to convince a judge that the evidence should be thrown out. Without evidence, the state might be forced to consider a plea, or better yet, have to drop the charges against you entirely.

We’ll Have Experts Working to Clear Your Name

The state and federal governments have seemingly endless resources to prosecute criminal cases like yours. That can put you at a disadvantage from the start. When you hire Suhre & Associates, LLC, that changes. We will work closely with experts who can help us investigate the charges against you, determine viable defense strategies, and back our arguments with strong information. 

We regularly work with:

  • Accident and crime scene reconstructionists
  • Ballistics specialists
  • Forensic experts
  • Medical professionals
  • Mental health specialists
  • Computer and technology experts 
  • And more

If someone can shed light on your case and help you avoid a conviction, we’ll call them. The more detailed our preparation, the better positioned we’ll be to get you the best possible outcome in your criminal case.

We’ll Be There to Provide the Support You Deserve

It is not at all unusual to feel down, depressed, or hopeless as you worry about your criminal charges. When you have a lawyer on your side, however, you won’t need to deal with these feelings alone. Your attorney can sit with you, talk to you about your case, and provide you with their objective analysis of your situation – something which can help to keep you calm and focused.

Legal representation can change the landscape of your criminal case. Call our Dayton criminal defense attorneys to schedule a free consultation. We’ll review your case, offer some preliminary legal advice, and help you understand the best legal options for your specific situation.

Our Dayton Law Firm Handles All Criminal Defense Matters

When you’re facing criminal charges in Dayton, OH, it’s important to have an experienced defense attorney fighting for you. At Suhre & Associates, LLC, our sole focus is criminal law. This means that we’ll be thoroughly prepared to help you navigate your criminal case – no matter what type of charge you’re facing or whether your case is proceeding in state or federal court.

Our attorneys handle all criminal matters in Dayton and Montgomery County, OH, including:

If you’ve already been convicted, we may still be able to help – you may have grounds for an appeal or the ability to get your record expunged. The bottom line is that we’re here to help you in any way that we can. Let us put our in-depth knowledge of the Ohio criminal justice system, resources, and passion for criminal defense to work for you. Call to arrange a free consultation to learn more.

Dayton Crime Statistics

According to FBI crime statistics, Dayton, OH is only safer than 4% of other cities in the United States. That was enough to make Dayton one of the most dangerous 100 cities in the nation. 

Compared to other cities in the state of Ohio, crime data indicates that you’re more likely to be a victim of a crime in Dayton. 

In the state as a whole, there’s a 1 in 341 chance of being the victim of a violent offense. In Dayton, the odds drop down to 1 in 104. Per 1,000 residents, Ohio has a violent crime rate of 2.93, which is slightly lower than the national median (4). Dayton, on the other hand, has a violent crime rate of 9.62.

Property crimes are also a lot more common in Dayton than elsewhere in the Buckeye State. When it comes to the likelihood of being targeted in a property offense, it’s 1 in 49 in the Buckeye State. In Dayton, there’s a 1 in 25 chance. Per 1,000 residents, Ohio has a property crime rate of 20.56, which is once again slightly lower than the national median (21). In Dayton, the property crime rate is nearly double that – 40.4.

Montgomery County Crime Statistics

In 2017, the most recent year for which data was available as of 2021, there were a total of 32,608 crimes reported across Montgomery County, Ohio. And, according to the ODPS Office of Criminal Justice Services, at least 14,656 of those offenses were handled by the Dayton Police Department. 

That means that Dayton saw nearly 45% of all crimes in the state of Ohio that year. 

What Are the Penalties for Criminal Offenses in Dayton, Ohio?

man handcuffed for committing a crime in Dayton, OH

Crimes in Ohio tend to have serious consequences. The punishments you might face will depend on the seriousness of the charges against you.

Your charges may range from a Fourth-Degree Misdemeanor to an Unclassified Felony, so the appropriate penalties can vary significantly.

  • Fourth-Degree Misdemeanor: Fourth-degree misdemeanor convictions are usually reserved for fairly small crimes such as failure to disperse or disturbing a lawful meeting. Punishments can include up to 30 days in jail and/or a $250 fine.
  • Third-Degree Misdemeanor: Crimes like defacing a public transportation vehicle can lead to third-degree misdemeanor convictions. Punishments can run as high as 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.
  • Second-Degree Misdemeanor: If you are charged with obstructing official business, you could be convicted of a second-degree misdemeanor. The maximum penalty you can face for crimes of this nature is 90 days in jail and/or a $750 fine.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: Petty theft and carrying a gun without a permit can both lead to first-degree misdemeanor convictions. Your punishment for crimes like these can be as much as 180 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
  • Fifth-Degree Felony: If you are charged with breaking and entering, you could be facing a fifth-degree felony conviction. Punishments can run as high as 12 months in prison and/or a $2,500 fine.
  • Fourth-Degree Felony: Grand theft auto and vehicular assault both fall into fourth-degree felony territory. Your conviction could lead to up to 18 months in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.
  • Third-Degree Felony: If you have been arrested on suspicion of robbery or reckless homicide, you may be facing a third-degree felony conviction. Punishments for crimes such as these can run as high as 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
  • Second-Degree Felony: Charges of abduction or illegally manufacturing explosives can result in second-degree felony convictions. The maximum punishment for a conviction of this nature is 8 years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine.
  • First-Degree Felony: If you are suspected of committing rape or voluntary manslaughter, you could receive a first-degree felony conviction. Prison sentences for first-degree felony convictions can run as high as 11 years, while fines can go up to $20,000.
  • Unclassified Felonies: Crimes that are too serious to fit into the traditional degree-based system are known as unclassified felonies. Murder is the most obvious example that would fit into this category. The prison sentence for murder in the state of Ohio runs from 15 years up to life without the possibility of parole.

What Are the Keys to Successful Criminal Defense?

A Dayton, OH criminal defense lawyer explaining to the client to plan the case in court.

There are two elements to any criminal case: the facts and the law.

Prosecutors must provide sufficient evidence to prove that certain events did occur. They must then convince the court that the events as they occurred constitute a violation of the law. A successful criminal defense will be focused on attacking one or both of these elements.

To prepare your defense, a criminal attorney at Suhre & Associates will review the facts and the evidence produced by the prosecution. This could include statements you have made or statements made by the Dayton police officers regarding the arrest. We will identify flaws in the evidence and look for opportunities to have evidence deemed inadmissible.

We will also examine the laws around your case, such as statutes, procedural requirements, and legal precedent, and identify laws which protect you and favor your case.

What Is the Criminal Justice System Process?

It may look intimidating but we can guide you through the criminal justice process and help you prepare for each step. The process may be broken down into: the arraignment, pre-trial conference, trial, and post-trial. Not all charges will include all four steps, but it’s important to understand all four steps and how they could impact your case.

The Arraignment

Your first court appearance is called the arraignment. It can occur the day after you were charged or even weeks later. All the charges against you are presented at this appearance in District Court. It is at this time you are given the choice to plead guilty or not guilty. The judge will review your bond at this time if you are still in jail. The judges options include:

  • Release on Own Recognizance (you are released under condition you promise to return)
  • Require Signature Bond (like signing a signature loan)
  • Require cash bond in a particular amount (you must pay cash to be released)
  • Require property bond (You must verify the value of your property)

*Except release on your own recognizance, failure to appear will cause you to forfeit your bond.

If you plead not guilty, the court will schedule your next court appearance.

If you are accused of a misdemeanor or traffic violation, the trial or pre-trial conference will be the next court date.

If you are facing felony charges, your next court appearance will be what is called a preliminary hearing. This is where the prosecution shows evidence that there is probable cause that your charge is valid. This is usually demonstrated through the testimony of the arresting officer. The case is then sent to a grand jury where a formal indictment will be issued. The case is then sent to the Circuit Court where you will have another arraignment.

Pre-trial Conference

Pre-trial Conferences give your attorneys a chance to work toward several goals. They present the best opportunity to negotiate a plea agreement. This plea agreement could include unlimited options including:

  • Random Drug Testing • Probated Jail Time
  • Fines • Court Costs
  • Drug & Alcohol Evaluation/Treatment • Active Jail Time
  • No Contact with person or premises • 3rd Party Mediation
  • Classes • License Suspension

Pre-trial Conferences are also the time when your attorney works with the prosecutor to review the evidence against you and evaluate how they plan to present the evidence in trial. This is also where the prosecution confirms they have given your attorneys copies of the evidence against you.

Pre-trial Conferences are also a time when motions from either side can be heard by the court regarding venues and restrictions on evidence and other relevant topics to the type of trial and restrictions on the defendant.

Trial

Except in the case of minor infractions, in Ohio, you are allowed to have a jury trial by your peers. You can also waive that right in deference for a bench trial, where the judge will act as the jury and decide the case. Your attorney will know the best option depending on your charge and the facts of your case.

The prosecution presents its evidence first in a bench trial followed by the defense. An additional argument may be made on each side to the judge before he or she renders a decision.

A jury trial requires several steps, to prepare and educate the jury. They are instructed on the questions they need to answer and the consideration they must-have for the evidence. The jury will answer whether you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The steps of a trial include selecting a jury and opening statements by each side. The prosecution then presents evidence and then the defense. Closing arguments from each side precedes the judge’s instructions to the jury. The jury then deliberates and presents the judge with their decision.

Post-Trial

At this point, you have either been found guilty or not guilty. However, there is more to be done. This may include motions for a reconsideration of judgment, appeals, and requests for expungement.

If you are innocent or guilty, expungement requests may still be needed. Your charge will still be shown in court records even though you were found not guilty. If the expungement is granted, all case records can be sealed.

Dayton Criminal Defense Practice Areas

The criminal defense lawyers at Suhre & Associates, LLC are prepared to help you fight any criminal charges you may face. We regularly represent clients facing charges for:

  • Assault Charges: If you have been arrested on suspicion of committing assault, our criminal attorneys can help. Over the years, we have handled everything from common assault cases to vehicular assault cases. Depending on your specific situation, we may be able to get your charges reduced or dismissed entirely.
  • DUIs: When you need a DUI attorney, Suhre & Associates, LLC ought to be at the top of your call list. Our experienced trial lawyers can provide you with a vigorous DUI defense, working diligently to avoid jail time, minimize your license suspension, and reduce any fines.
  • Drug Charges: Whether you have been charged with marijuana possession, heroin trafficking, or something in between, our attorneys can help. Drug crime is an area of criminal defense that we have plenty of experience in, so when you work with us, you can be confident that your case is in good hands.
  • Firearms Charges: If you have been charged with the illegal possession of a firearm or any other gun-related offense, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our skilled weapon charges lawyers will work tirelessly to keep you from getting a criminal record and minimize the punishments that you may face.
  • Domestic Violence Charges: Domestic violence charges and the temporary protective orders that go with them can be tough to face on your own. Fortunately, with one of our experienced criminal defense lawyers by your side, you won’t have to. Your assigned attorney can provide you with a vigorous defense against your charges and walk you through the process of removing any restraining orders that may have been filed against you.
  • Juvenile Crimes: Dealing with the complex legal system can be challenging for adults. For children and teenagers involved in juvenile crimes it is even more difficult. Luckily, our lawyers are extremely knowledgeable about the juvenile criminal justice system and can provide young arrestees with the legal assistance that they deserve.
  • Theft Charges: If you are facing a theft charge in Montgomery County, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys will fight tooth and nail to have your charges reduced or potentially even dismissed entirely.
  • Sex Crimes: When you need a super lawyer to defend you against allegations of sexual assault, rape, or another sex crime, look no further than legal team at Suhre & Associates, LLC. We have represented hundreds of clients in this situation. As a result, we know how to obtain the best possible outcome for you.

Call a Dayton Criminal Defense Lawyer at Suhre & Associates Today

When you are facing criminal charges, it may feel like you are being attacked from all sides. We take that feeling away since we have experience in all types of criminal cases. As our client, we will handle it all for you.

Our practice focuses on DUI but we also have extensive experience defending all manner of criminal charges. Whether your case involves a DUI and a companion criminal charge or just criminal charges – the attorneys at Suhre & Associates, LLC can help. Call us today to schedule a no-obligation no-cost consultation.