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Falsification, as defined by Ohio law, means making a false statement or knowingly affirming a previous false statement, when any of the following applies:
Every day in central Ohio people are charged with falsification. Depending on the severity of the allegations, falsification charges can range from a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail to a third degree felony punishable by up to 36 months in prison.
If you are convicted of resisting arrest, additional potential issues include:
Simply put, if you are convicted of falsification, it can potentially be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you run the risk of being considered someone who is not trustworthy. Therefore, it is critical that you give your falsification charge the level of importance it deserves.
The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with falsification. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made during their investigation, whether your arrest was lawful and what other legal issues can be raised on your behalf.
We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes and potentially video or audio. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review
Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.
If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.
For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients charged with falsification. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
If you’ve been charged with falsification, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced falsification attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.