Handling Criminal Appeals in Ohio
Our criminal defense attorneys handle criminal appeals in all state courts in Ohio, including the Ohio Supreme Court. Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima has successfully argued criminal appeals at all levels in the State of Ohio and our team has the knowledge and experience to argue your case if you or someone you know finds themselves in need of an appellate attorney. You can talk to an attorney at our Cincinnati, Lebanon or Oxford offices by calling us at 513-496-0134.
Appeals are very time sensitive and must be filed within 30 days from the date that the judgment entry of conviction is filed. It is very important, then, that if you are seeking an attorney to handle an appeal you contact us immediately so that our team can prepare your case.
Ohio is divided into twelve appellate districts. Most of southwest Ohio (with the section of Hamilton County which is in the First District) is in the Twelfth District Court of Appeals. These twelve appellate courts are the intermediary appellate court above the trial court but below the Ohio Supreme Court. Defendants have an automatic right to an appeal in these appellate courts, meaning if a Defendant appeals his or her case the appellate court must accept it. This is different from an appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court which, in most instances, has discretion whether to accept an appeal.
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Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima has argued appeals across the State of Ohio, and has helped shape Ohio criminal law. The following are case cites of some of the cases that we have successfully handled in the Supreme Court of Ohio which made law in the state of Ohio:
|1. State v. Hochhausler, et al. (1996), 76 Ohio St. 3d 455
2. State v. Shindler (1994), 70 Ohio St. 3d 54
3. State v. Mayl (2005), 106 Ohio St. 3d 207
4. State v. Niessen-Pennycuff (2012), 132 Ohio St.3d 416