If you’re charged with an OVI or another crime in Delaware County, Ohio, now is the time to hire a criminal defense lawyer from Luftman, Heck & Associates.
Just north of Ohio’s capital sits Delaware, right at the intersection of three U.S. highways: US 42, US 36, and US 23. The area is currently growing, and as the highways come together, police activity becomes more abundant, and officers watch for impaired driving or other criminal activity.
It isn’t that uncommon to be stopped; the Ohio State Highway Patrol made over 2,200 traffic stops in Delaware County in 2021.
Charges We Handle in Delaware County, OH
Luftman, Heck & Associates’ Delaware criminal defense team has been assisting people in the area for years. We begin each case with a free and confidential initial consultation and have been successful for hundreds of clients in the greater Columbus area.
Several recent clients have had their OVI or criminal charges reduced or dismissed completely.
Delaware County DUI/OVIs
When you’re facing DUI charges (OVI in Ohio), you could be looking at jail time, thousands in fines, permanent damage to your relationships, employment struggles, etc.
The penalties for a DUI might amplify with each offense. Still, your first OVI charge could end in jail, a $1,000 fine, having your license suspended, community service, damage to your record, and other punishments according to Chapter 4511.19 of the Ohio Revised Code.
A DUI/ OVI conviction might prevent you from renting that house or apartment. Your insurance company might raise your rates. You could even lose custody of your child, especially if they were in the car with you.
OVIs are common in Delaware County, but they are not open and shut issues. By working with a lawyer, you can mitigate the harm to your life, work towards a reduction, or find faults that may end with a dismissal.
Other Delaware Criminal Charges
Aside from DUI offenses, Delaware is no stranger to other types of charges. If you’re arrested or charged with any of the following offenses common in the area, the defense lawyers at LHA can help:
- Property damage
- Theft & Fraud
- Domestic violence
- Sex crimes
- Drug Crimes
- Driving Under Suspension
Delaware Court System
Since Delaware is the county seat, your criminal case will likely be handled by the Delaware Municipal Court. At LHA, we’ve been working with the Delaware Municipal Court for over ten years and have a keen understanding of the judges and prosecution.
The Municipal Court hears misdemeanor criminal and traffic matters. In most scenarios, your case will begin with an arraignment in which you can enter a plea. Your plea options are:
- Not Guilty – You contest the facts alleged
- Guilty – You admit guilt, and your case moves to sentencing
- No Contest – You don’t admit guilt, but you acknowledge that the facts alleged are true
Felony Charges in Delaware, Ohio
Some crimes, such as OVI, drug crimes, weapons crimes, can be charged as felonies. If you are accused of a felony, your case will be heard in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.
Here, your lawyer can negotiate to have your charges reduced or dismissed, or it can proceed to trial.
A Delaware Criminal Defense & OVI Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one are arrested in Delaware County, your first thought should be, “Where can I find a defense lawyer near me?” The answer is Luftman, Heck & Associates.
At LHA, we provide people throughout central Ohio with high-quality, aggressive representation when they need it most. Our team takes your rights seriously and knows the right arguments and negotiation tactics that could get your charges reduced or even dismissed. We also have knowledge of great Delaware County treatment programs and resources to help you get any help you might need.
Need a Delaware, OH Defense Lawyer? Call LHA
Don’t face an OVI or other criminal charge alone. With the help of an experienced, competent Delaware attorney, you can understand your legal rights and options and know that your rights will be protected.
The criminal defense team at Luftman, Heck & Associates protects the rights of people facing all kinds of OVI or criminal charges and would be honored to do so for you.