Criminal Defense FAQ

What You Need To Know About Criminal Charges

Whatever questions you may have, the most important piece of advice we can offer is to speak to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. You have rights, but your actions can make it easier or harder to protect those rights. An experienced attorney can give you the advice you need to avoid making mistakes.

Do I Need A Criminal Defense Attorney?

If you've been charged with a crime, you need an attorney. If you've been arrested, you need an attorney. If you're being investigated, you probably need an attorney. Competent adults are allowed to defend themselves in criminal cases, but it is almost never a good idea to do so. Only an experienced defense lawyer can tell you whether your situation calls for legal assistance. Call our criminal law firm, Rittgers & Rittgers, at 513-932-2115 to schedule an initial consultation as soon as possible.

Can Any Lawyer Help Me?

Any lawyer is better than no lawyer, but there are things you should look for to find the best choice for you.

Ohio criminal statutes and U.S. federal laws outline thousands of criminal offenses. No attorney has experience with them all. It is best to find a defense lawyer who has handled cases similar to yours. It is also important to find someone who will be honest with you in telling you if he or she is not the best choice.

Our firm defends clients against a wide range of charges. Our practice includes motor vehicle-related crimes such as drunk driving or vehicular assault, sex offenses such as sexual battery or rape, drug crimes, crimes of violence, Internet crimes and white collar crimes. While we have experience with many criminal issues, we will always put your needs first. If we are not the best fit for you, we will tell you so.

In addition to experience in cases like yours, your attorney should have trial experience in the court where your case will be heard. The best result would be to get your charges dismissed without the need for a trial, but your attorney must be prepared to defend you in court if the situation demands.

Can I Afford An Attorney?

Paying for a lawyer isn't fun. But it's important to weigh the cost of paying for an attorney against the cost of having no attorney. Will it cost you more to be sent to jail for an extended time or to hire a lawyer? We can't make that decision for you, but you should understand that the true "cost" of a criminal conviction may be much higher than you imagine.

Can't I Just 'Make A Deal' With The Prosecutor?

Plea bargaining is a tricky business. To be effective, you must have an excellent handle on the law, the evidence in your case and the strength of your defense team. Prosecutors know that an unrepresented person is unlikely to mount a strong defense. You will have difficulty negotiating the criminal justice system without a criminal defense lawyer on your side.

What If A Family Member Committed A Crime Against Me?

We understand the difficulty of your position. We often speak to people who want a criminal defense attorney for a loved one, even though they themselves are the victim of the crime. Prosecutors vary in how they treat cases where the victim wants leniency for the accused. The best thing you can do for your loved one is to make sure his or her defense attorney is a competent, experienced negotiator. The defense attorney and prosecutor can discuss the situation and work to find a resolution in the interests of justice.

Criminal law is complicated. If you have been arrested or charged, or if you are being investigated, you need answers right away to protect your rights. Our goal is to ensure that you get what you need to put up a strong defense. There are more questions than we can possibly answer here, but the following resources could help you:

With offices in Cincinnati, Lebanon and West Chester, our attorneys defend clients in courtrooms all over Ohio. We can help you get the answers you need when facing criminal charges.