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Michael Arthur Boske Esq
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Ohio Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience

For the past 24 years, Michael Boske has handled thousands of Criminal cases throughout Ohio. From minor traffic and OVI/DUI charges to major assaults, domestic violence, drug offenses and murder charges. Mr. Boske... Read More »
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Gregory J McCleery
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Carroll County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer
(330) 407-1418 44 2nd St SE
Carrollton, OH 44615
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Energy
University of Akron
Attorney Gregory J. McCleery represents clients throughout southeastern Ohio, primarily in the areas of oil and gas, real estate, wills and criminal law. Greg began his career in public service, dealing with a wide spectrum of legal problems. He has also worked extensively with both landowners and drillers in the Marcellus and Utica shale, and served as a title supervisor overseeing an experienced team of title abstractors.
Carroll County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer
(330) 627-4555 11 E Main St
Carrollton, OH 44615
Criminal, Business, Civil Rights and Environmental
Carroll County, OH Criminal Law Attorney
(330) 627-5577 130 Public Square
Carrollton, OH 44615
Criminal, Business, Civil Rights and Divorce
Carroll County, OH Criminal Law Attorney
(330) 627-4555 11 E Main St
Carrollton, OH 44615
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Elder
Carroll County, OH Criminal Law Attorney
(330) 456-4308 323 Canton Rd NW
Carrollton, OH 44615
Criminal, Agricultural, Bankruptcy and Business
Tuscarawas County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer
(740) 922-4795 224 E 3rd St
Uhrichsville, OH 44683
Criminal
Tuscarawas County, OH Criminal Law Attorney
(740) 922-4161 201 N Main St
Uhrichsville, OH 44683
Criminal
Wesley Buchanan
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Summit County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(330) 249-1778 195 South Main Street
Suite 202
Akron, OH 44308
Criminal, Appeals, DUI and Divorce
University of Akron
Mr. Buchanan created the firm in 2013 to advocate for clients. He has advocated for numerous clients and taken care of their legal needs.
Prior to that, Mr. Buchanan graduated from Heidelberg University with his Bachelor’s degree in Economics, with minors in Finance and Communications. At Heidelberg, Mr. Buchanan had the opportunity to study Economics at the New College at Oxford. In addition, Mr. Buchanan was Station Manager of WHEI 88.9FM.
In 2004, Mr. Buchanan created Buchanan Insurance and Financial Group. Mr. Buchanan helped his financial clients as a licensed insurance and financial services...
Robert G. Stiefvater
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Trumbull County, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(330) 299-5458 1061 Trumbull Avenue
Suite K
Girard, OH 44420
Criminal, DUI, Estate Planning and Probate
Cleveland State University
Limited Clients. Proven Results.

I limit the number of clients that I represent because I understand that when you need a lawyer you need someone who is available and can dedicate their time to your legal issue.

I represent individuals and fight to defend their rights and reputation. Call for a free consultation. Even if I am not currently accepting new clients I will make sure that you understand the process in which you are involved.
Dan J Weisenburger Esq
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Portage County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(330) 296-8000 149 N. Prospect Street, Suite 1
Ravenna, OH 44266
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Mr. Weisenburger's practice consists of criminal and DUI defense exclusively. He is one of a handful of Criminal Defense lawyers in Ohio to be Board Certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Why is it important? A certification is regarded as an unquestionable proof of expertise. When a Prosecutor knows that an Attorney is not afraid to go to trial, he/she is more inclined to negotiate a better resolution for your case.

Mr. Weisenburger received his undergraduate degree from Kent State University and his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall College of Law in Cleveland,...
John M. Jurco, Esq.
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Belmont County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(740) 296-9258 PO Box 783
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Ohio Northern University
* Engaged in the practice of law since 2003 * Current good standing in all state and federal courts * No ethics complaints * No ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claims
Edward Joseph Hartwig
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Mahoning County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(330) 718-9499 120 Marwood Circle
Youngstown, OH 44512
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of Akron School of Law
Edward J. Hartwig is a native of Mahoning Valley and graduate of The University of Akron School of Law. Attorney Hartwig spent over a decade as a partner in a Youngstown law firm, eventually moving to private practice in 2012. He founded Hartwig Law, LLC, focusing on criminal defense, juvenile defense, personal injury, and other legal matters. Attorney Hartwig is widely recognized for his legal talents and abilities, earning inclusion in the list of Ohio Super Lawyer®, membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and a 10 out of 10 Superb Avvo Rating.
Linda Marie Malek Esq
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Summit County, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(330) 819-8018 2926 State Road
Suite 211
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Linda M. Malek is a criminal defense lawyer in Ohio specializing in DUI/OVI, practicing in and around Akron, Ohio. With over 13 years of experience practicing criminal law, you can rest assured that you are in the right hands.
Rhys Brendan Cartwright-Jones Esq.
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Mahoning County, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(330) 299-4077 42 N Phelps Street
Youngstown, OH 44503-1130
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, Immigration and Traffic Tickets
Cleveland State University
At the law practice of Rhys Brendan Cartwright-Jones, Attorney & Counselor at Law, Rhys is the founder and principal attorney. As a former prosecutor for Mahoning County, he is intimately familiar with all aspects of criminal law. He knows how prosecutors think and how they will approach cases. He is also highly effective in immigration law as well as civil and criminal appeals. Rhys has a long track record of success for his clients and is committed to getting the best possible outcome in any situation. As a persuasive negotiator and aggressive litigator, he knows how to effectively approach each...
Jonathan Jennings Esq
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Portage County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
223 West Main Street
Ravenna, OH 44266
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Business and Consumer
Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Malone College
Daniel Frank Gigiano Esq
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Medina County, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(330) 336-3330 102 Main St
Ste. 200
Wadsworth, OH 44281
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Attorney Gigiano has practiced law since 1993 and has been the owner of Daniel F. Gigiano Co., L.P.A. since 2002. He provides aggressive and experienced legal representation for family law, criminal defense, juvenile law, personal injury, bankruptcy, probate and estate planning. Because he provides legal representation in a number of area, he can meet all the legal needs of his clients. By building a trusted relationship with his clients, he becomes a valuable resource for his clients in an important way: if the client has a legal need that Attorney Gigiano does not handle, Attorney Gigiano...
Jeff Robert Laybourne Esq
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Summit County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(330) 434-3880 159 South Main Street
Suite 900
Akron, OH 44308
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Akron School of Law
With twelve years of experience in a wide variety of practice areas including criminal defense, civil litigation, landlord-tenant law, juvenile law, domestic relations, collections and estate planning, Jeff is uniquely prepared to aggressively pursue his clients’ interests. While specializing in the field of criminal defense, Jeff has successfully represented clients charged with a variety of felonies and misdemeanors, from Aggravated Murder to OVI and every imaginable charge in between. An experienced trial attorney, he has represented clients in numerous high profile jury trials with many resulting in Not Guilty verdicts. Jeff is the immediate past Chair of the Criminal Law...
Jonathan Todd Sinn
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Summit County, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
137 South Main Street
Suite 300
Akron, OH 44308
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of Akron and Youngstown State University
I have over twenty years experience in criminal law, both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. My office is in Akron, Ohio but I travel all around the Akron-Canton area representing good people who for whatever reason find themselves facing down the government in a criminal charge. I handle everything from drunk driving cases (OVI/DUI) to Capital Murder. I'm very good at my job because I work very hard to obtain the best results for my clients. If you have have court in Akron, Barberton, Stow, Ravenna, Kent, Massilon, Canton, Wadsworth or anywhere else in Northeast Ohio,...
Kevin Patrick Ondrey Esq
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Medina County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(866) 334-6345 6487 Ridge Rd.
Wadsworth, OH 44281
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Cleveland State University
I am a criminal defense trial lawyer. I have been practicing criminal defense since 1999. I received my undergraduate degree in criminal justice. I have focused my law practice in the area of criminal law. I am dedicated to maintaining close relationships with all my criminal, traffic, OVI, DUI, and DUS clients. When needed, I schedule legal consultations with my clients at their home or other convenient locations. I am committed to promptly returning all telephone calls, and keeping my clients well informed of their case progress. I want to help you and I may consider...
Tad Hoover
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Summit County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(330) 922-4491 2745 Nesbitt Avenue
Akron, OH 44319
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of Akron School of Law
Tad has focused extensively on Domestic Relations matters. In this role, Tad has counseled clients through high asset divorce cases, domestic custody and visitation matters, out-of-state and foreign custody disputes, and has successfully both brought and defended contempt actions and civil protection orders. Tad has handled both high asset divorce cases from the inception to completion at trial, and has also successfully minimized court involvement for his clients through negotiating advantageous settlements.

Along with developing his Domestic Relations practice, Tad has also gained considerable experience as a trial lawyer in criminal and traffic matters. Tad is experienced in negotiating desirable plea...
Patrick J. Moro
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Columbiana County, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(800) 589-6611 1376 E. State Street
Salem, OH 44460
Free ConsultationCriminal and Workers' Comp
Capital University Law School
Michael J. Wartko
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Summit County, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(330) 835-3854 1653 Merriman Rd., Suite 114
Akron, OH 44313
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Mr. Wartko was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. He attended high school at Archbishop Hoban in Akron, Ohio before entering the political science program at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. While at the university, Mr. Wartko was a member of the mock trial program and an executive council member of the Beta Iota chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity. Upon graduation, Mr. Wartko attended Western Michigan University's, Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While in law school, Mr. Wartko interned for a family law practice, where he first gained an interest in the area of...
Ronald David Yarwood Esq
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Mahoning County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(888) 743-4112 42 N Phelps St
Youngstown, OH 44503
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals and DUI
University of Tulsa
Criminal Defense and DUI trial lawyer. Lead trial lawyer in capital murder cases. Defense lawyer in multiple violent offense cases, white collar crimes, DUI, theft, and drug offenses. Defense trial lawyer in eight murder/manslaughter trials to a jury. In addition, lead or co-counsel on nine cases with charges of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications. Five of the six capital murder cases tried to a jury. Lead trial lawyer in civil jury trials. Trial counsel in civil cases involving complex contract issues, business transactions, personal injury, defamation claims for public servants, and defense of intellectual property...
Robert E. Rosenberg
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Portage County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(330) 298-9400 533 East Main St.
Ravenna, OH 44266
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Probate
Cleveland State University
Robert Rosenberg has been serving Portage County for more than 20 years. He primarily practices in the areas of Domestic Relations, Criminal Defense, and Personal Injury/Civil Litigation. He has argued cases successfully before the 11th District Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, as well as various County Domestic Relations and Criminal Courts. He also serves as a Guardian and Guardian ad Litem in Portage County. Robert has found ways to give back to the Portage County community. He was President...
Mr Thomas M DiCaudo
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Summit County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(888) 502-4280 209 South Main Street
3rd Floor
Akron, OH 44308
Criminal, DUI, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
University of Akron
When you need skilled criminal defense representation, Attorney DiCaudo is the right choice for you. Mr. DiCaudo was admitted to practice law in Ohio in 1988. He graduated in the top of his class from the University of Akron School of Law, and immediately accepted a position with Prosecutor's Office in Akron. Mr. DiCaudo moved from Assistant Prosecutor to Assistant Chief Prosecutor in only three years! He work for the Prosecutor's Office for over 10 years before taking his skills and expertise in criminal law to his own law practice in 2008. Mr. DiCaudo is definitely an expert when it...
Eli Heller
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Portage County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(330) 296-8000 149 N. Prospect St, #1
Ravenna, OH 44266
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
University of Akron School of Law
Attorney Eli Heller has been practicing law in Ohio since 2013. His experience encompasses litigating complex cases in courts throughout Northeast Ohio, primarily in criminal defense, felony, juvenile and DUI defense, and in family law, divorce, dissolution, child custody and support.

Attorney Heller is a passionate trial lawyer who loves helping his clients through some of the most difficult challenges in their lives. He prides himself on his ability to listen and understand the issues that are important to his clients. He provides them with the guidance needed to make well-informed, strategic decisions in their cases. Whether it involves negotiations or...
David Michael Todaro Esq
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Wayne County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(330) 262-2911 126 North Walnut Street
Wooster, OH 44691
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Cleveland State University
Attorney David M. Todaro understands the complexities of the law and helps residents in Northeast Ohio navigate the legal system. When you choose to seek advice from Attorney David M. Todaro you can be assured that your issues will be handled in the most sensitive and efficient way possible. With experience dealing with a number of legal issues, the Todaro Law Office is prepared to fight for your case.

David’s private practice consists primarily in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical negligence, criminal law, and bankruptcy.

The Todaro Law Office is a full service law firm serving Northeast Ohio. Since...
Jared Roberts Esq
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Medina County, OH Criminal Law Attorney
(330) 334-6345 6487 Ridge Road
Wad, OH 44281
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of Akron School of Law
Admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2007, Attorney Roberts began his career as an assistant prosecutor. After three years as an assistant prosecutor he worked for a general practice law office for six years. In 2016 he started Ondrey & Roberts, LLC, with friend and colleague Kevin Ondrey.
Michael D. Dailey
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Portage County, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(330) 298-9400 533 E. Main Street
Ravenna, OH 44266
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Akron School of Law
J. Reid Yoder
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Summit County, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(888) 498-7153 209 South Main Street
3rd Floor
Akron, OH 44308
Criminal, Domestic Violence, Juvenile and Personal Injury
University of Akron
Attorney Reid Yoder is a former prosecutor for the City of Akron, who has tried numerous high-profile cases. After working for the Prosecutor's Office for four years, Mr. Yoder went to work at his private practice, specializing in criminal defense, personal injury, and juvenile/domestic relations. Mr. Yoder has been honored at a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, and has performed many acts of community service and pro-bono work. If you need representation for a personal injury or criminal case, contact Mr. Yoder today!
David Engler Esq
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Mahoning County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(330) 729-9777 725 Boardman Canfield Road
Unit S3
Youngstown, OH 44512
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Elder and Family
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
David L. Engler has litigated highly complex civil rights, domestic relations, probate and criminal matters. His reputation is as a skilled courtroom litigator that fights for his clients. He is a former County Commissioner, City Councilman and current long-time County School Board member. He is admitted into the federal courts in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. He is currently litigating both civil rights matters in Kentucky and a complex custody case in North Carolina. He has represented clients in European civil disputes, negotiated a record deal for a top R&B group and once represented the...
Robert Aaron Miller
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Jefferson County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(740) 282-2676 329 N 4th Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
Capital University Law School
Mr. Miller graduated from Capital University Law School in 1989. Since that time he had devoted his life to defending those charged with serious and violent crimes and major drug offenses. He has over 26 years experience helping those obtain and protect their assets in divorce proceedings and to obtain the care and custody of their children. Mr. Miller does not represent corporations, insurance companies, or the government. He is a lawyer for the people.
Jordan E Knabb
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Summit County, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 3 years experience
(330) 745-2178 2745 Nesbitt Ave
Akron, OH 44319
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Akron School of Law
Michael Arthur Boske Esq
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Stark County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(330) 455-6400 122 Central Plaza N
Canton, OH 44702
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
University of Akron School of Law
For the past 24 years, Michael Boske has handled thousands of Criminal cases throughout Ohio. From minor traffic and OVI/DUI charges to major assaults, domestic violence, drug offenses and murder charges. Mr. Boske provides his clients with an unsurpassed understanding of the issues and a unique familiarity with Prosecuting Attorneys and Judges in the Court System.
Lindsey Donehue
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Guernsey County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(740) 732-7844 1009 Steubenville Avenue
Cambridge, OH 43725
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
University of Dayton School of Law
Viktoriya Dyrda
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Portage County, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(330) 296-8000 149 N. Prospect Street, Suite 1
Ravenna, OH 44266
Criminal and DUI
Cleveland State University
Attorney Viktoriya Dyrda is a talented criminal defense litigator with an intense passion for justice, which serves her clients well. Her dedication and willingness to step into the courtroom set her apart from other criminal defense lawyers. Viktoriya’s thorough and carefully crafted approach to criminal charges provides clients with the guidance to make well-informed and strategic decisions in their cases. Ms. Dyrda is a vigorous advocate, and offers clients unfiltered and forthright advice on the best course of action for their criminal charges. She is compassionate in defending her client’s rights.

Attorney Dyrda provides representation to people accused of felonies,...
Joel Allen Holt
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Portage County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(330) 673-9500 217 North Water Street
Suite E
Kent, OH 44240
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, DUI and Real Estate
University of Akron School of Law
JOEL A HOLT, Esq./CIPP-US, is an experienced attorney concentrating his practice in the areas of business law, civil litigation, and real estate law, with a specific focus on information security and privacy. Attorney Holt is a certified privacy professional, holding a CIPP-US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He has a broad legal background, including appellate advocacy, corporate formation and governance, securities, and transactional law. Mr. Holt is also a proficient civil litigator, with over 11 years' experience in Ohio and Federal courts. Attorney Holt graduated from the University of Akron School of Law, magna cum laude....
Casey Cramer
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Summit County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(330) 780-7460 P.O. Box 5419
Fairlawn, OH 44334
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
University of Toledo
Attorney Casey Cramer is the owner and creator of Cramer Law Firm LTD. Attorney Cramer believes in the "Essence of Compassion" and planned on forming a law firm which focuses on compassion for its clients. In 2014, Attorney Cramer was recognized for her commitment to clients and was awarded "Top 40 Under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers. "Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law. Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and...
Mr Nicholas J. Horrigan
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Summit County, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(888) 502-4280 209 South Main Street
3rd Floor
Akron, OH 44308
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
University of Akron
Attorney Nicholas J. Horrigan practices criminal defense, civil litigation, and debt collection at the law firm of DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder. He attended the Ohio State University, where he received his B.A. in Strategic Communication and a minor in business. Three years later, he graduated from law school at Akron University School of Law. Mr. Horrigan had the great privilege of being an associate editor for the Akron Law Review, and also clerked for the Honorable Judge Elinore-Marsh Stormer of Summit County Court of Common Pleas. Attorney Horrigan now works for the law firm of DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder as...
Steven Maas
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Mahoning County, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(800) 589-6611 54 Westchester Drive, Suite 10
Youngstown, OH 44515
Free ConsultationCriminal, Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets and Workers' Comp
Wake Forest University School of Law
Steven D. Maas worked in the steel mills when he was a young man — and it was there where he decided that he wanted to become a lawyer who would help working people.

Atty. Maas worked for Republic Steel and Copperweld Steel over the course of six summers to help finance his undergraduate and law school educations. He came to realize the need for workers to have quality legal representation when they’re hurt on the job.

“Working with the people there, I realized that I thought I could do a good job representing them,” Atty. Maas recalls. “And I knew right...
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


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