It is easy to become overwhelmed after an arrest. The police may have released you with a citation to appear in court, offering little explanation of what to expect or what could happen if you are found guilty. While the police, prosecutor, and judge have all been through this before, you have never been in this position and have no idea how the criminal process works. You just want to put the whole thing behind you, even if it means trusting the police to advise you—or even pressure you—into accepting a lesser sentence.
The truth is, an arrest or criminal charge can follow you for the rest of your life. If you do not have someone to advise you on your legal options, your arrest could impact your freedom, privacy, career, and family for years into the future.
We Stay by Your Side During the Most Stressful Time of Your Life
The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams has over 25 years of experience in handling a wide range of criminal cases, fighting tenaciously for our clients and ensuring their rights are protected. Whether you have been arrested before or are facing the judicial system for the first time, we can advise you of the law, navigate your potential defenses, and do everything possible to protect you in court. Call us today at (513) 929-9333 or fill out our online contact form to set up your consultation.
We have advised and defended clients facing a number of criminal charges, including:
- Computer sex crime. Both federal and state laws prohibit the use of computers and the internet by sexual predators for the exploitation of children. A guilty verdict in a child pornography case can result in jail time, sex offender registration, residency restrictions, and other limitations on your life.
- Domestic violence. A person may be charged with domestic violence for a variety of criminal acts, including aggressive, abusive, or violent behavior against a partner. In Ohio, a first-time domestic violence conviction is punishable by up to 180 days in jail, three years of probation, a $1,000 fine, and temporary protective orders.
- Drug crime. A conviction for a drug crime may have an impact on your future prospects, including finding secure employment and maintaining eligibility for student financial aid.
- Drug possession. While the penalties for drug possession will vary depending on the quantity and type of drug, a drug-related criminal record will influence any party who runs a background check on you—including a potential employer or apartment complex manager.
- Drug possession for sale. If you had a significant amount of a drug, you face possible jail or prison time, larger fines, and increased penalties.
- Felony crime. Felony crimes such as murder, rape, kidnapping, or robbery may result in prison sentences spanning several years, with the length of incarceration and maximum fine varying with each degree of offense.
- Juvenile crime. Mistakes made by young people—such as shoplifting, underage drinking, drug use, joyriding, assault, traffic offenses, or weapons crimes—could affect their lives well into adulthood.
- Misdemeanor crime. A misdemeanor conviction for assault, domestic violence, OVI or DUI, or theft is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. In addition, there is no guaranteed right to a trial by jury for a misdemeanor offense.
- Sexual assault. If convicted of a sex offense such as rape, sexual battery, prostitution, or sex crimes against minors, you could face considerable penalties including prison time and being forced to register as a sex offender.
- Theft. Any unlawful taking of another’s property could result in a theft charge, including burglary, robbery, credit card theft, home invasion, shoplifting, forgery, identity theft, or distributing bad checks.
- Violent crime. We handle a broad range of cases involving violent crime charges such as murder, homicide, manslaughter, aggravated assault, child abuse, arson, stalking, or violation of a protection order.
- White-collar crime. White-collar crimes may involve both state and federal laws and are often punished harshly. We represent clients facing financially-motivated offenses such as embezzlement, healthcare or Medicare fraud, counterfeiting, money laundering, crimes involving checking, organized schemes (including Ponzi schemes), or violations of the Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
If you have been arrested or accused of a crime in Ohio or Kentucky, we can help. The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams advises clients throughout the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area, including Butler County, Warren County, Clermont County, Campbell County, Kenton County, Boone County, and surrounding areas. Call our office today at (513) 929-9333 or fill out our contact form to get started.