Steven R. Adams has been in the private practice of law since 2000. Prior to establishing his own private law practice, he was an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney for eight years. His law practice is focused on criminal and DUI defense. Mr. Adams has been qualified to administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests of NHTSA through the NHTSA Student Course (2001). In addition, Mr. Adams has successfully completed training for the NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor Development Training Program (2003). Mr. Adams has been deemed as an expert witness on standardized field sobriety testing in Hamilton County. He recently hosted a seminar on the Role of the Expert Witness in OVI/DUI Cases. Mr. Adams is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Hamilton County Bar Association and he serves as a board member for the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Adams is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association College. Mr. Adams received his B.A. degree from the University of Kentucky and his J.D. degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
STEVEN R. ADAMS - ATTORNEY AT LAW
A graduate of Salmon P. Chase, College of Law in 1990, Steven R. Adams is an attorney, whose practice emphasizes the representation of individuals accused of criminal offenses. He has been in private practice since August 2000.
After law school and some time spent as a law clerk, he spent eight years working as an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor. Beginning in the Juvenile Division and finishing in the Felony Criminal Division, where he prosecuted adult felony cases including murder, rape and other sex offenses, drug trafficking and abuse, robbery, burglary, felonious assault, arson, felony DUI, aggravated vehicular homicide and felony domestic violence.
Steve’s numerous years of experience in the criminal law arena, have given him a tremendous amount of insight into the legal systems and workings of Hamilton County. He has seen the system from both sides and has a clear understanding of the work of Police Officers, Judges, Prosecutors, Victims and now the side of the Defense and the Accused.
In addition to his understanding of the legal world in Hamilton County, Steve has been very active in the community, serving as campaign manager for local political races, on the boards of local charities and civic groups and as a volunteer with Children’s Hospital and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He has even represented Cincinnati in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship four times.
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky, 1990 J.D.
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky B.A.
Present – Attorney at Law – Emphasizing criminal defense, OVI / DUI, and traffic law
8/1999 to 7/2000 – Southwest Ohio Regional Representative for Joseph T. Deters, Treasurer, State of Ohio
11/1995 to 7/1999 – Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor – Felony Criminal Division – Managed all aspects of trial preparation for criminal felony cases. Prosecuted adult felony cases that occurred within Hamilton County including but not limited to murder, rape and other sex offenses, drug trafficking and abuse, robbery, burglary, felonious assault, arson, felony DUI, aggravated vehicular homicide and felony domestic violence. Also presented cases to Hamilton County Grand Juries on felony matters. Argued numerous motions to suppress evidence, and prosecuted probation violations and shock probation cases. Significant jury and court trial experience before Judges of the Common Pleas Court, as well as daily interaction and communication with Court of Common Pleas personnel and all area police departments.
6/1993 to 11/1995 – Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor – Municipal Division – Managed all aspects of trial preparation for criminal and traffic misdemeanor cases. Prosecuted adult misdemeanor cases including but not limited to DUI, domestic violence, speeding, license suspensions, other traffic violations, theft, sex offenses, assault, minor drug offenses and passing bad checks. Significant jury and court trial experience before Municipal Court Judges, as well as daily interaction and communication with Municipal Court personnel and all area police departments. In addition, argued motions to suppress evidence, set bond amounts, and handled numerous probation violation cases.
10/1991 to 6/1993 – Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor – Juvenile Division – Managed all aspects of trial preparation for juvenile criminal and traffic cases. Prosecuted felony and misdemeanor offenses including but not limited to traffic offenses, DUI, sex offenses, domestic violence, theft, robbery, burglary, arson, drug trafficking and abuse and felonious assault. Presented evidence on serious offenses, including murder, resulting in the juvenile being bound over and tried as an adult. Significant trial experience before Juvenile Court Judges and Magistrates, as well as daily interaction and communication with Juvenile Court personnel and all area police departments.
May, 1991 – Admitted to Ohio Bar
10/1990 to 11/1991 – Law Clerk for Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert A. Nadel
1/1990 to 5/1990 – Law Clerk for Attorney Henry E. Sheldon (Cincinnati)
5/1989 to 12/1989 – Law Clerk for Attorney Kenneth H. Stone (San Diego, California)
5/1988 to 8/1988 – Law Clerk for Judge Dennis K. Cashman, Eighth Judicial Circuit of Illinois, Adams County
5/1987 to 8/1997 – Health Orderly for Illinois Veterans’ Home (Quincy, Illinois)