You have three options as to representation in court: (1) use the public defender, (2) represent yourself or (3) hire a private defense attorney.
A. The Public Defender
Simply put, “you get what you pay for.” Public defenders can rarely devote the sort of time, energy and resources necessary to effectively represent you. It is not that the public defender wouldn't like to, but in reality, they have so many cases, responsibilities and pressures that this sort of devotion to any particular...
If you have ever been arrested the record of your arrest (arrest form, police, corrections, and court records, etc.) is a public record.
If you have an arrest on your record that did not result in a conviction, you can have record of the arrest and any court case removed from your record. Arrests are not legally as serious as convictions, but they can be just as embarrassing and detrimental to job prospects. Once sealed, the entire record, fingerprints, booking photo, and arrest report are...
The specific consequences will be different depending on: (1) the courthouse the case is pending out of; (2) the prosecutor assigned to your case; (3) the judge; and of course (4) your attorney. I can tell you generally what you may be looking at, but it is essential you speak with a criminal defense attorney familiar with the court your case is pending out of. We can get you in touch with the right attorey - Call Wallin & Klarich at (888) 749-0034 - www.wklaw.com
Heath & Safety code...
Ohio's Misdemeanor Penalties
Misdemeanor 1 (M1) Maximum Sentence of 180 days $ 1,000
Misdemeanor 2 (M2) Maximum Sentence of 90 days $ 750
Misdemeanor 3 (M3) Maximum Sentence of 60 days $ 500
Misdemeanor 4 (M4) Maximum Sentence of 30 days $ 250
Minor Misdemeanor (MM) None $ 150
Prosecutors in the District Attorney's office have discretion (within certain statutory limitations) as to when to file charges. It does not have to be immediately after an arrest. Therefore, it would be a good idea for you to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney before making any statements regarding the case or the alcohol.
Our criminal defense firm is based out of California - it is best to consult with an attorney who is experienced in the court your case is pending out of. Below is some information you may find relevant.
Under most circumstances a sentence that is imposed by a court upon an individual can be modified or changed during the period of probation. Wallin & Klarich has been successful in modifying terms of probation for their clients. The typical situation would involve reducing the jail time...