Frequently Asked Questions
Common Questions About Criminal Charges in Ohio
Is there any hope of staying out of jail on a criminal case?
There are always possibilities to defend criminal charges. What is necessary is that you enlist the help of a highly motivated and skillful Columbus criminal defense lawyer who is willing to research the possibilities on your behalf. At Koffel Brininger Nesbitt, the legal team has had years of success of helping countless clients either avoid jail time or have a reduced charge for the offense.
How do I choose a lawyer?
It is critical that you choose an attorney that focuses on criminal defense, and doesn't take on cases as a "sideline". There is no substitute for long-term experience defending criminal cases in court. Lawyers who have many practice areas just don't have the time to apply to one area of law and as a result, are usually less savvy in criminal cases. At KBN, the focus on criminal law has supported the clients for over 21 years.
Is a criminal defense lawyer expensive?
Many lawyers charge by the hour, and this can result in a bill that is unexpectedly large. At KBN, the firm charges a flat rate for the professional services they are going to provide, and you can "know before you go". Each case must be evaluated to determine what fee will be charged, but you will know up-front what your fee will be once the attorneys have had an opportunity to review your case with you.
What if I already have a lawyer, but don't like how they are handling my case?
You always have the right to change lawyers if you are not satisfied that they are handling your case correctly or as you wish. To seek a second opinion, call our office and let us know that you are currently being represented and you would like a second opinion.
How can I get my DUI dismissed?
It’s impossible to predict the outcome of a drunk driving / OVI case. However, the right lawyer can increase your chances of getting a favorable case result, such as a dismissal. In short, a case dismissal means the prosecution was unable to prove you committed a crime. If law enforcement didn’t have probable cause to pull you over, for example, the evidence against you might not be admissible in court. Similarly, unreliable blood and breath tests can help your attorney get your case dismissed.
When you have strong legal representation with years of experience and resources to back up the defense, you definitely can increase the likelihood of a better outcome, including "case dismissed". In fact, you can peruse our case examples on our website.