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The time is at hand to make the critical decision of hiring the right attorney. You likely want an attorney to represent you who has previous experience dealing with the same charge you are currently facing.
The Columbus Criminal defense team, consisting of attorneys Ben Luftman, Dan Sabol and Chase Mallory has successfully represented thousands of clients on charges ranging from Aggravated Murder to Open Container. No matter what offense you are charged with, we have likely represented someone in your shoes before and that previous experience will better help us represent you.
When a person is facing any type of charge, OVI / DUI or criminal, misdemeanor or felony they may go through a range of emotions. Angry at their newfound position, disappointed at a potential lapse in judgment, scared at what consequences (court, school, employment) lay ahead and confused about what direction to turn.
At this time, a critical decision needs to be made. What attorney a person hires can make an incredible difference in everything that happens to them from the beginning to the end of their case. These differences can truly be life changing.
Through our experience, the Columbus Criminal defense team, consisting of attorneys Ben Luftman, Dan Sabol and Chase Mallory believe there are a number of factors a person must consider when making such a critical decision. Those factors also represent our core beliefs with respect to each and every client we represent. It is how we define ourselves and how we are different from the rest.
Communication is critical. If you have a question, you should be able ask it directly to your attorney. All of the Columbus Criminal defense team clients have our cell phone numbers. We believe in being accessible. We pride ourselves on it. If you have a question, you can reach us directly without having to go through an assistant.
Information eases the mind. It’s the not knowing that’s the hardest part. Every client is provided a copy of all of the police reports, DVD and any other evidence received on their case. You are a critical part of your case. Your input helps shape your case strategy. You should want to be involved.
You are the boss. The Columbus Criminal defense team has not and never will pressure a client to do anything they are not comfortable with. Our belief is that we are hired to review all of the evidence, find the evidentiary weaknesses and negotiate the best possible deal for our client to consider. After consideration, if you want to have a trial, a trial will be had.
Our tireless dedication to our clients and the practice of criminal defense without compromising our core beliefs has earned us consistent praise from organizations such as the Columbus Bar Association, Super Lawyers Publication, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell, Avvo and the Better Business Bureau.
|Degree||Prison Time||Maximum Fine|
|First Degree||3-11 Years||$20,000|
|Second Degree||2-8 Years||$10,000|
|Fourth Degree||6-18 Months||$5,000|
|Fifth Degree||6-12 Months||$2,500|
* depending on type of third degree felony charge
|Degree||Jail Time||Maximum Fine|
|First Degree||Up to 180 days||$1,000|
|Second Degree||Up to 90 days||$750|
|Third Degree||Up to 60 days||$500|
|Fourth Degree||Up to 30 days||$250|
When you are facing criminal charges in central Ohio, the right experience matters. Your rights – and your future – are likely at stake. Right now, you’re probably wondering what you should do. The first step is to call an experienced Columbus criminal lawyer for a consultation. At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we offer free phone or in-person consultations to learn about your situation and guide you through your options. The benefit of working with our defense attorneys is that we have successfully represented thousands of clients over more than a decade of working throughout central Ohio. This includes charges ranging from OVI / DUI, theft and drug offenses to the most serious felonies. No matter what you have been charged with, we have likely handled it in the past and helped that person avoid both convictions and penalties.
If you have been pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in the State of Ohio, you face serious penalties like possible jail time, expensive fines, and a driver’s license suspension – even for a first-time offense. (In Ohio, a DUI is the same thing as operating a vehicle while impaired, so you may see DUI and OVI referred to throughout our website.) It’s essential that you have an experienced and aggressive Columbus OVI lawyer to handle your case. At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we start by reviewing the police reports and the evidence against you. As a client, you would also receive copies of any reports or DVD that we receive. This helps us stay in communication about the status of your case, and your input helps to shape your case strategy.
Even if you were not pulled over and charged in the City of Columbus, we can help. We have worked in the following mayor’s courts for over 10 years: Bexley, Canal Winchester, Dublin, Gahanna, Grandview, Granville, Grove City, Hilliard, New Albany, Pataskala, Reynoldsburg, Upper Arlington, Westerville, and Worthington.
Outside of Franklin County? We successfully represent clients in Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, Ross and Union Counties all the time. Due to our extensive DUI experience, we have represented client in 38 counties across Ohio.
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We are a team of Columbus criminal defense attorneys who understand that these charges bring about a lot of emotions. You might be angry, worried, or confused – maybe all three. It can be hard to figure out what to do when something suddenly happens that results in you being charged.
We are here to listen to you, walk you through the legal process, and fight your charges so you can confidently move forward with your future. Communication is essential to how we handle your case. If you have a question about your case, we believe that you should be able to ask your attorney directly. As a client, you will receive our cell phone numbers to reach us directly at any time.
You will never be pressured into taking a plea agreement and we will never discourage you from going to trial if that’s what you want. You hire us to review the evidence, find the weaknesses in the state’s case, and negotiate the best possible outcome for your situation to give you options. If you are seeking a trial, we will try your case. We are tirelessly dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights and improving their legal situation.
Our outstanding criminal defense work and strong ethical core has also earned us praise from organizations like US News and World Report, the Columbus Bar Association, Super Lawyers, the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, Avvo, and the Better Business Bureau.
Benjamin L. Luftman – An experienced and accomplished legal advocate, Columbus defense lawyer Ben Luftman is a founding partner and has practiced law for over 11 years. He exclusively handles criminal and traffic defense with a concentration in the area of Ohio OVI law, though he has represented clients ranging from the most serious felonies to minor traffic infractions.
Daniel J. Sabol – Though practicing criminal and traffic defense exclusively since becoming an attorney, Dan Sabol’s career has been focused on DUI defense, drug offenses, theft charges, violent crimes, and any cases involving search and seizure issues under the U.S. Constitution. He has practiced in 28 counties around the State of Ohio on charges ranging from speeding to murder.
Chase A. Mallory – Chase Mallory is an experienced central Ohio criminal attorney whose practice focuses on traffic and OVI defense. He is a strong litigator who is always willing to conduct motion hearings or trials and has been litigating cases consistently for years in counties across Ohio.
Joseph J. Kunkel – As an attorney at Luftman, Heck & Associates, Joe Kunkel is prepared to litigate on behalf of all criminal and traffic defendants. He brings experience researching and writing judicial opinions as well as representing our clients both inside and outside central Ohio.