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Columbus DUI Lawyers and Criminal Defense Attorneys

At Luftman, Heck & Associates, our highly skilled Columbus criminal defense attorneys and DUI lawyers know full well that when you are facing any criminal charges, your freedom, reputation, and in many cases your future is on the line. It is imperative that you speak with an experienced and dedicated attorney who knows what you’re going through and how to successfully advocate on your behalf. As a criminal defense law firm based in Columbus, we provide clients throughout Franklin County and central Ohio with high-quality, aggressive defense when they need it most. From DUIs, drugs, assault, and any felony or misdemeanor in between, we have likely represented someone in a similar situation and our extensive experience will help us better represent you.

Call us at (614) 500-3836, or submit a request online and let us explain how we can fight for you.

Cases we handle

 

Arrested for DUI?

DUI charges and being arrested for drunk driving in Columbus or Central Ohio can adversely affect almost every facet of your life. When you think about possible jail time, license suspensions, and fines, it can quickly feel hopeless, whether it is your first experience with a police officer or you’ve had prior DUIs. Imagine asking for a leave from work to serve a jail sentence or explaining why you can’t attend your child’s school play because your license privileges were suspended. Dealing with a DUI or OVI in Columbus can turn you whole world upside down, but with help from our Columbus OVI lawyers and criminal defense attorneys, you can find a path forward.If you’ve been arrested and charged with a DUI or OVI, call our experienced DUI attorneys now at (614) 500-3836

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Drug Offenses

Don’t become a statistic to the government’s war on drugs. In addition to long periods of incarceration for relatively small amounts of an illicit substance, a drug conviction can result in drastic and permanent penalties. Finding employment will be difficult, even with a misdemeanor possession offense on your record. For students at Ohio State or any other school, a conviction could exclude you from financial aid. However, it is important to remember that you have options. Our attorneys will pursue every avenue so you see a result that does not ruin your future.

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Assault & Domestic Violence

Every day, people across central Ohio and from all walks of life find themselves charged with domestic violence and assault that can negatively impact your life, reputation, and freedom. This happens in any number of ways, and these offenses are pursued aggressively. Assault crimes are classified as either misdemeanors or first-degree felonies. A lot will be going through your mind if you are accused of assault or domestic violence, but being charged does not mean you are guilty. You deserve a chance to tell your story. By consulting an attorney, you can build a plan to set the record straight.

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Traffic Violations

Some offenses like like receiving a speeding ticket are quickly addressed with a small fine or participating in a safety class, but many Ohio drivers learn the hard way that not all traffic issues are created equal. If you find yourself charged with a criminal traffic violation like reckless driving or vehicular assault, you will face very serious consequences, including substantial fines, higher insurance premiums, loss of your license, or even jail time. Traffic offenses are either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances of your case. These violations need to be handled carefully with help from a skilled and experienced traffic attorney.

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Sex Crimes

Sex offenses in Ohio stir up a great deal of emotion, anger and are regularly prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. A conviction usually carries heavy prison time, long-term and often permanent inclusion as a registered sex offender, and irreparable damage to your reputation and future. It’s indisputable that sex crime victims can be profoundly hurt by their experiences, but false accusations and misrepresentations happen all too often. Your rights deserve protection, and you need to be equally aggressive in your defense with a highly-skilled criminal defense lawyer to advocate on your behalf.

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Cases we handle

DUI

DUI Defense

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DUI Defense

DUI charges and being arrested for drunk driving in Columbus or Central Ohio can adversely affect almost every facet of your life. When you think about possible jail time, license suspensions, and fines, it can quickly feel hopeless, whether it is your first experience with a police officer or you’ve had prior DUIs. Imagine asking for a leave from work to serve a jail sentence or explaining why you can’t attend your child’s school play because your license privileges were suspended. Dealing with a DUI or OVI in Columbus can turn you whole world upside down, but with help from our Columbus OVI lawyers and criminal defense attorneys, you can find a path forward.If you’ve been arrested and charged with a DUI or OVI, call our experienced DUI attorneys now at (614) 500-3836

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Drug Offenses

Drug Offenses

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Drug Offenses

Don’t become a statistic to the government’s war on drugs. In addition to long periods of incarceration for relatively small amounts of an illicit substance, a drug conviction can result in drastic and permanent penalties. Finding employment will be difficult, even with a misdemeanor possession offense on your record. For students, a conviction could exclude you from financial aid. However, it is important to remember that you have options, and that our attorneys will pursue every avenue so you see a result that does not ruin your future.

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Assault

Assault & Domestic Violence

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Assault & Domestic Violence

Every day, people across central Ohio and from all walks of life find themselves charged with domestic violence and assault that can negatively impact your life, reputation, and freedom. This happens in any number of ways, and these offenses are pursued aggressively. Assault crimes are classified as either misdemeanors or first-degree felonies. A lot will be going through your mind if you are accused of assault or domestic violence, but being charged does not mean you are guilty. You deserve a chance to tell your story. By consulting an attorney, you can build a plan to set the record straight.

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Criminal Traffic Violations

Traffic Violations

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Traffic Violations

Some offenses like like receiving a speeding ticket are quickly addressed with a small fine or participating in a safety class, but many Ohio drivers learn the hard way that not all traffic issues are created equal. If you find yourself charged with a criminal traffic violation like reckless driving or vehicular assault, you will face very serious consequences, including substantial fines, higher insurance premiums, loss of your license, or even jail time as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. These violations need to be handled carefully with help from a skilled and experienced traffic attorney.

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Sex Crimes

Sex Crimes

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Sex Crimes

Sex offenses in Ohio stir up a great deal of emotion, anger and are regularly prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. A conviction usually carries heavy prison time, long-term and often permanent inclusion as a registered sex offender, and irreparable damage to your reputation and future. It’s indisputable that sex crime victims can be profoundly hurt by their experiences, but false accusations and misrepresentations happen all too often. Your rights deserve protection, and you need to be equally aggressive in your defense with a highly-skilled criminal defense lawyer to advocate on your behalf.

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Understanding the Legal Process & Penalties

The criminal justice system in Ohio is intimidating, and when you’re facing charges, you obviously have enough to worry about. The decisions you make regarding your case are extremely important, and there will be a lot of factors to consider. When you are represented by Luftman, Heck & Associates, you can be sure that our Ohio DUI lawyers and Columbus criminal defense attorneys will provide you with comprehensive guidance at every step.

At this point, you may be under investigation or already charged with a crime. You may have an arraignment scheduled or have pressing questions about your options.

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Meet Our Attorneys

Benjamin L. Luftman

Attorney Ben LuftmanAn experienced and accomplished legal advocate, Benjamin L. Luftman is an experienced Columbus criminal defense attorney and founding partner at Luftman, Heck & Associates. He has practiced law for over a decade. His sole practice areas are in criminal defense and traffic violations, having represented clients in cases ranging from the most serious felonies to minor traffic offenses. He also concentrates in OVI and DUI law.

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Joseph J. Kunkel

Attorney Joseph KunkelColumbus criminal defense attorney and associate Joseph J. Kunkel joined Luftman, Heck & Associates in 2013, after gaining experience as an associate attorney at Burkett & Sanderson, LLC, in Newark, Ohio, and as a law clerk at Shaw & Miller in Columbus, Ohio. Attorney Kunkel now focuses on criminal and traffic law, and has earned recognition for his work involving everything from researching and writing judicial opinions, to working in the courtroom litigating on behalf of his clients.

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Bryan Bowen

Attorney Bryan BowenColumbus criminal defense attorney Bryan Bowen is from Worthington, Ohio, where he was a National Merit Scholar and played volleyball on the 1990 Boys State Championship-winning Worthington High School team. Since graduating from law school, Mr. Bowen has practiced in numerous courts throughout Ohio, almost always in the area of criminal or traffic law.

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Peter J. Scranton

Attorney Peter ScrantonPeter J. Scranton is a Columbus criminal defense attorney and associate at Luftman, Heck & Associates. He works with the firm’s criminal and traffic departments. Attorneu Scranton graduated from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University and began his legal career as a prosecutor with the Columbus City Attorney’s Office.

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Awards & Accredidation

Rated 10/10 as a top attorney in criminal defense from Avvo

We have a 10.0 superb Avvo rating as a Top Attorney in Criminal Defense. Avvo allows attorneys to be rated by peers and clients.

LHA recognized by Best Lawyers

Luftman, Heck & Associates was recognized by Best Lawyers in 2018. Best Lawyers. Best Lawyers recognizes attorneys and law firms that excel in their fields.

Clients Choice award in criminal defense by Avvo

In 2015, Luftman, Heck & Associates was given a Clients’ Choice Award in Criminal Defense by Avvo.

Rated as a top 100 trial lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers

The National Trial Lawyers has rated our attorneys as Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the United States.

Martindale

Martindale-Hubbell gave Luftman, Heck & Associates a preeminent rating in 2016 for ethical standards and legal ability.

Super Lawyers

Attorney Benjamin Lutman has been rated by Super Lawyers as a lawyer with a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Martindale

In 2013, attorney Benjamin L. Luftman was rated by LexisNexis and Martindale-Hubbell as being preeminent in his field for ethical standards and legal ability.

NCAUID

Luftman, Heck & Associates is a member of the National College for DUI Defense. They focus on protecting the rights of those who have been accused of DUI.

Columbus Bar Association

Luftman, Heck & Associates is a member of the Columbus Bar Association, which is a group of professionals focused on law in the Central Ohio area.

American Bar Association

Luftman, Heck & Associates is a member of the American Bar Association, one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations for attorneys.

Expertise

Luftman, Heck & Associates was rated as some of the Best Attorneys in Columbus by Expertise in 2017.

DUI Defense

Luftman, Heck & Associates is a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. We are dedicated to working with those who have been charged with DUIs.

Superior DUI

We are a national ranked Superior DUI Attorney as of 2013. We focus on people who have driven under the influence of who have been accused.

Legal Leaders

In 2014, we were rated by AV Preeminent as legal leaders and top rated lawyers who fight for clients throughout the legal process.

10 Best

LHA received a recognition of 10 best cilent satisfaction from the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys in 2014. We focus on providing the best servie to our clients.

Better Business Bureau

Luftman, Heck & Associates is a Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited business. We provide clients with exceptional service and value.

OACDL

We are members of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL), where we represent a strong defense for those who have been accused.

NHTSA

Luftman, Heck & Associates is a member of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. We focus on safety in our community and reach out to help when possible.

Why Hire Us?

1. We pride ourselves on being accessible

Our clients have our cellphone numbers. If you have a question, you can reach your attorney directly without going through an assistant. From there, we will evaluate every possible option and offer practical and attainable solutions to any legal issue you’re facing.

2. Hear What Our Prior Clients Say About LHA

I will be passing the word on about Luftman, Heck & Associates. Ben was a very, very kind man. Tell him I will never forget about how much he did for me. Best of wishes.”

Thank you so much for all of your help! You all are the best. So thankful:) Your firm saved my son’s life!!”

My case went well – I couldn’t have been more pleased with the services provided. I have recommended your services to several of my friends.”

Ben did an excellent job, and the case was dismissed without court charges yesterday. Couldn’t ask for anything more than that. Thanks again.”

3. We offer focused and aggressive representation to every client

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