After you’re arrested for a crime, you may feel your entire life is turned upside-down. You may be haunted by images of what a conviction will mean for your future—and what will happen to your freedom. Even before you go to court, you may suffer police interrogation, jail time, and the threat of severe penalties. What should you do?
If you’ve been arrested for a crime in Montgomery County or pulled over on suspicion of operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI), your first call should be to a criminal defense attorney that you can trust. The state of Ohio will spend a considerable amount of time and resources on building a case for your prosecution, so you need a Dayton criminal defense attorney on your side as soon as possible.
The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams, LLC, provides guidance and tenacious representation for clients facing serious charges in Dayton, Ohio and throughout Montgomery County. Call us today at (513) 929-9333 or fill out our online contact form to set up your consultation.
Our Dayton Criminal Defense Law Firm Helps Clients Across Montgomery County
A criminal allegation can make people feel scared, frustrated, and alone. When you work with our team, we make sure to answer all of your questions and prepare you for each stage of the process. You never have to worry about what you should do or wonder what’s going to happen next. We provide practical advice as well as reassurance, helping relieve the stress of a criminal accusation.
We have advised clients facing a number of criminal charges, including:
- Computer Sex Crimes
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Crimes
- Drug Possession
- Drug Possession for Sale
- Juvenile Defense
- Sexual Assault & Rape
- Violent Crimes
- White Collar Crimes
The Benefit of Having a Seasoned Defender on Your Side
Our firm applies up-to-date knowledge and years of experience to serve clients across Ohio. Before entering private practice, Attorney Tad Brittingham worked with the Public Defender’s Office in both Montgomery and Hamilton Counties, serving as Municipal Court Team Leader. With each case, Tad familiarized himself with the local court system and the methods prosecutors use when pursuing a conviction, making him uniquely suited to negotiate a favorable outcome in your case. Attorney Alex Deardorff worked at a Municipal Attorney at the Public Defender's office before moving to the felony division. Alex joined the Law Offices of Steven R. Adams in November of 2019 and brought with her years of experience as a felony trial attorney.
When you call us, we work to protect your interests by:
- Helping you understand the charges against you. We can explain what the state has accused you of doing, the potential penalties you are facing, and what a favorable outcome may look like in your case. If you contact us before your arraignment, we will accompany you to your court appearance.
- Discussing the specifics of your case. When we first review your case, we carefully examine the circumstances that led to your arrest, the evidence produced, and the facts surrounding your arrest. We explain what we believe will be the most difficult parts of the process and what we think the possibilities are.
- Attempting to get the charges dismissed. In a criminal case, the state isn’t allowed to use evidence that was obtained by violating your rights. If we are able to get the judge to disallow key evidence submitted by the prosecution, we can undermine the strength and validity of the criminal case against you. We can also identify any details that prove your innocence or other potential evidence that could give the district attorney a reason to drop the charges.
- Fighting against conviction. If we are unable to get the charges dismissed, we work to create a reasonable doubt in the minds of the jurors. We fight hard to refute evidence supplied by the prosecutor, present evidence of your good character (if it is your first offense), and do everything we can to obtain a not guilty verdict.
- Negotiating a plea deal. In some cases, the best defense option is to try to lessen the impact of your arrest. When we negotiate a deal, we focus on mitigating the effects that your arrest will have on your life. This may include allowing you to plead guilty to a lesser crime.
- Reducing the penalties you face. If you are facing conviction, we will aggressively pursue more lenient penalties, a reduced sentence, or ways of paying your debt to society that fit your lifestyle and needs.
What Ohio Drivers Should Do After a DUI or OVI in Montgomery County
If you have been arrested for OVI in Dayton, you should speak with us immediately for a review of your case. Police officers must comply with many different rules and procedures to ensure that your rights are not violated at any stage of a stop, search, or arrest. If we determine that your rights have been infringed upon, we can move to have the evidence disallowed and the charges against you dropped.
We can help if police officers arrested you:
- In a traffic stop. Police are not allowed to pull someone over, search a vehicle, use force against a suspect, or arrest a suspect without lawful justification. Our team will closely review your case to see if authorities were negligent or made procedural errors during your OVI arrest, interrogation, or time in jail.
- At a DUI checkpoint. It is perfectly legal for Ohio police officers to set up DUI sobriety checkpoints or roadblocks. Under Ohio’s implied consent laws, drivers can face penalties if they refuse to submit to blood, breath, or urine tests to determine blood alcohol content (BAC). If you refuse, your license will be suspended for one year for the first offense DUI. Despite these consequences, it may be in your best interest to refuse a BAC test after your arrest, as it is an opportunity for the state to gather evidence against you.
- After searching your vehicle. Police may search your car after it has been impounded, or if they have a warrant that includes your vehicle. If they do not have a warrant and have not towed and held your vehicle, police officers must have a good reason to conduct a search of your car. If you were already arrested and seated in the back of the police car when authorities conducted a search, they may have acted outside the law.
The right defense for your case will depend on the specific details of your situation, so it is vital that you speak with us as soon as possible. If you have been accused of committing a crime, The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams, LLC is here to help protect your rights. Call (513) 929-9333 today to get the answers you need in your free case evaluation.