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Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers In Lebanon, Ohio

Confronting the legal complexities following an accusation or investigation of criminal activity is a critical moment where every decision counts. Promptly securing legal representation is vital, even before charges are filed. By delaying, you may inadvertently forfeit essential rights.

In Warren County, with Lebanon serving as the county seat, the legal landscape requires an experienced attorney well-versed in the local courts.

Felony cases are adjudicated in the Warren County Common Pleas Court, situated in Lebanon, while misdemeanor charges are processed through various local courts. Minor offenses might be seen in a local mayor’s court, such as those in Waynesville, Morrow, or South Lebanon. Alternatively, they might be handled by municipal courts like the Lebanon Municipal or Mason Municipal Court. For misdemeanors not falling under these jurisdictions, the Warren County Court is the venue.

Our firm, Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima, features attorneys with 200 combined years of experience, a testament to our dedication to defending those accused of a vast array of criminal offenses. Our skills encompass the defense of juveniles as well as adults. We are proud of our track record of success in Warren County and the entirety of Ohio. Whether you face allegations of serious crimes like homicide or DUI, we approach each case with the tailored attention necessary for an effective defense.

Prompt engagement with a lawyer is crucial if you find yourself under arrest for any criminal charge. Before you speak with investigators, we encourage you to consult with our defense attorneys to ensure your rights are fully protected. For a discreet and thorough discussion of your case, reach out to Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima at 513-496-0134 to arrange a confidential consultation.

Areas Of Criminal Defense Proficiency

Our legal team offers counsel and representation across a wide spectrum of criminal charges, including the following:

  • Felony and misdemeanor offenses such as homicide, assault, theft, burglary, arson, juvenile charges, weapons offenses and more
  • Charges of driving under the influence (OVI/DUI/DWI)
  • Traffic-related violations, including reckless driving and vehicular manslaughter
  • White-collar criminal activities like embezzlement and fraud
  • Sexual offenses across a broad range, from rape to sex-related juvenile offenses
  • Internet-based crimes, including those related to child pornography
  • Offenses involving college students, including drug possession and underage consumption
  • Drug-related crimes, from possession to trafficking
  • The process of expungement, or sealing a criminal record
  • Asset forfeiture matters

Our attorneys are recognized leaders in Ohio’s criminal defense field, with a history of holding prestigious positions, such as being president of the Ohio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Our practice has seen us representing clients in both federal and state courts, up to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Local Insight With Broad Capabilities

We combine our extensive resources and experience to manage your case with both professionalism and a personal touch. Our lawyers in Cincinnati, Lebanon, and Oxford are committed to understanding you and the specifics of your case, ensuring that we take all necessary actions to defend your rights and future.

Choosing The Right Criminal Defense Attorney

While you are entitled to a public defender if you cannot afford a private attorney, it’s important to recognize the potential limitations of this option. Public defenders are skilled but often manage a high volume of cases, which might limit the attention they can give to your case. Plea bargains are frequently encouraged due to the caseload and pressure from prosecutors, which may not always align with your best interest.

Engaging a private attorney typically ensures a higher level of dedicated attention and service. A private lawyer will weigh the merits of going to trial versus accepting a plea deal, with a focus on achieving the most favorable outcome for you.

What To Do If You’re Arrested

The steps you take immediately after an arrest can significantly impact your case. Keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Remain composed and courteous when interacting with law enforcement.
  • Do not provide any information except what is listed on your driver’s license.
  • Do not give any interviews or try to explain yourself.
  • Do not give a law enforcement agent permission to search your vehicle, bag or home.
  • Contact a lawyer immediately.

Even if you missed one or more of these steps, do not panic. You will, however, need to get an attorney on your side to advise you of your rights as soon as possible.

Get A Lebanon-Based Defender On Your Side

Call us at 513-496-0134 or send an email message to schedule an initial consultation with a Warren County criminal lawyer.

Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima

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