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Ohio Criminal Defense: Frequently Asked Questions

Being arrested and accused of a crime can feel traumatic and overwhelming. You undoubtedly have many questions, but you don’t have to go through this alone. We are here to answer your questions and guide you through this difficult time in your life.

For answers to questions about your specific case, contact DeBra Law, LLC, in Cincinnati as soon as possible. We offer a free initial consultation and represent clients throughout Hamilton, Clermont, Warren and the surrounding counties. Call 513-548-5920 or complete our contact form to learn more.

Should I talk to police?

No — not until you have secured strong and capable representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney. Remember, police and prosecutors are not on your side. Everything you say to police or investigators could be used against you or others, and you should assume that every question that police ask you is designed to build a criminal case against you. Whether you are simply being detained or you have already been arrested, exercise your constitutional right to remain silent, and request to speak with an attorney at DeBra Law, LLC.

I think the police violated my rights. What are my options?

In many cases, criminal charges are reduced or dismissed because police failed to follow correct procedure or otherwise violated the defendant’s rights. If you believe your rights were violated, we can investigate your case and determine the best course of action for protecting your rights and future.

Two of the most common examples of rights violations by police are unlawful traffic stops and unlawful search and seizure. Criminal cases may also be dropped if evidence is tainted or otherwise faulty, sobriety tests are unreliable, or police used unlawful force or coercion to obtain evidence or a confession. In any case, talk to us as soon as possible if you believe your rights were violated before, during or after your arrest.

Should I go to trial?

The answer to this question will depend entirely on the specific facts of your case, as well as the prosecution’s willingness to negotiate. The vast majority of criminal cases are resolved in the pre-trial phase. That means the case does not proceed to a jury trial and is either dismissed or leads to a plea agreement.

If the best way to protect your rights and interests is to take your case to trial, we will not hesitate to fight for you. Our criminal defense trial lawyer can assess your specific situation and help you determine whether a plea deal or a trial is the best option for you.

One thing to understand about DeBra Law, LLC, is that we always make our cases trial-ready — because that is the best way to build the strongest possible case for our clients. A strong, well prepared, trial-ready case has a much greater chance of success than a case that is not ready for a possible trial.

Contact DeBra Law, LLC

To arrange a free and confidential consultation, please call us at 513-548-5920 or complete our contact form. DeBra Law, LLC, represents clients in Cincinnati and throughout Hamilton, Clermont, Warren and the surrounding counties.