PRACTICE AREAS

 
 

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

 

Whether a speeding ticket, a simple misdemeanor, a felony charge, or a death penalty case, I can help you.

Criminal law includes both the substantive law - the charges alleged - and the procedural law - Due Process rights - required to determine the veracity of the charges alleged.

A criminal charge has three parts: the mens rea, or culpable mental state; the actus reus, or the "evil act"; and the attendant circumstances...

Including misdemeanor, felony defense, and death penalty/capital cases

 

Marriages, Civil Unions, Domestice Partnerships & Divorce

FAMILY LAW

& DIVORCE

Family law involves topics related to marital rights and obligations and parent-child relationships.

 

Domestic relations cases include initiation of divorce, dissolution and annulment proceedings, as well as resolution of post-decree controversies over child custody, parenting time, child support, alimony, and enforcement of marital property rights.

 

Family law also includes adoption, guardianship, and children's services proceedings, as well as private filings for domestic violence and restraining orders.

 

Courts of appropriate jurisdiction include the Domestic Relations, Juvenile, and Probate divisions for the Common Pleas courts of Ohio.

Most likely you will have questions, such as....

 
 

DUI/DWI/OVI

DUI, DWI, and OVI all mean the same thing: operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.    

 

If you operating a motor vehicle and your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and breath alcohol content (BrAC) is 0.08 or greater, you are considered to be “operating a vehicle impaired.” The 0.08 figure is a measure of the concentration of alcohol in your breath or in your blood, respectively.  If your BAC or BrAC exceed o.17 for breath or blood, you are subject to enhanced penalties, given the higher amounts of alcohol in your system.

 

 

 

 

 

The acronyms DUI, DWI, OMVI and OVI all refer to the same thing: operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
    

TRUST, WILLS & PROBATE

Estate Management, Property Management, Mortgages

Probate courts have jurisdiction to hear cases regarding the estates of decedents, incompetents and minors, guardianships, and short-term probate commitments with respect to persons alleged to be mentally ill.

 

With respect to estates, probate courts oversee the probate of estate documents, including the administration of wills and trusts.  This oversight includes making decisions in contested matters where the administration of estates is at issue between interested parties.  Probate courts also oversee the administration of intestate estates; that is, where the decedent died with assets but failed to make a valid will. 

 

JUVENILE LAW

Juvenile Law is an area of the law that deals with the actions and well-being of persons who are not yet adults.

 

In the law a juvenile is defined as a person who is not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts. In most states andon the federal level, this age threshold is set at 18 years. In Wyoming a juvenile is a person under the age of 19. In some states a juvenile is a person under the age of 17, and in Connecticut, New York, and North Carolina, a juvenile is a personunder the age of 16. These age definitions are significant because they determine whether a young person accused ofcriminal conduct will be charged with a crime in adult court or will be required to appear in juvenile court.

 

 

Guardian Ad Litem, Custody Matters,

Misdemeanor and Felony Defense, Probate