White Oak, Ohio Criminal Lawyers

Charles H. Rittgers Esq
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Ohio Criminal Law Lawyer with 40 years experience

Charles H. Rittgers, was named Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, groups limited to... Read More »
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Scott Aaron Rubenstein Esq
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Ohio Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience

Scott A. Rubenstein has practiced criminal law for 15 years in Southwest Ohio. A former Assistant Prosecutor with Hamilton County, and in private practice since 2003, Mr. Rubenstein has litigated hundreds of felony and... Read More »
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Mark Jon Wieczorek
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Ohio Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience

I am a former Hamilton County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. I have experienced the legal system from the inside out. I have handled just about every type of case imaginable: felonious assault, gross sexual imposition,... Read More »
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney
(513) 721-5400 3390 Palmhill Ln
Cincinnati, OH 45239
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Family
Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney
(513) 923-9740 5465 N Bend Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45247
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Family
Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney
(513) 741-3004 5674 Sagecrest Dr
Cincinnati, OH 45239
Criminal
Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer
(513) 598-6789 6122 Woodhall Dr
Cincinnati, OH 45247
Criminal, Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney
(513) 741-9738 3623 W Fork Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45247
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
Mr. Gregory A Temming Esq.
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(513) 252-3260 P.O. Box 53697
Cincinnati, OH 45253
Criminal, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
William Joseph Brissie Esq
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer
(513) 389-1100 2300 Montana Ave
Suite 200-R
Cincinnati, OH 45211
Criminal, Divorce, Estate Planning and Insurance Claims
Nicholas Klingensmith
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(513) 258-2377 810 Sycamore
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
Nicholas Klingensmith is former prosecutor who now defends those charged with a DUI - OVI. Nick's experience as a prosecutor gives him an advantage over other attorneys when it comes to trial, plea negotiations and navigating the criminal justice system. He has won at trial, motion to suppress and successfully had DUI - OVI's reduced to a "wet" reckless, physical control and some cases flat out dismissed.

Contact DUI Lawyer Nicholas Klingensmith today.
Charles H. Rittgers Esq
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(513) 932-7375 312 Walnut Street, Suite 1600
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Charles H. Rittgers, was named Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, groups limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Mr. Rittgers was selected again to the Ohio Super Lawyers list. He was also named in the Cincinnati Top 50 and the Ohio Top 100 lists.

Mr. Rittgers has handled numerous high publicity cases over his 30 years of practicing law and has been a guest speaker to local law enforcement groups. He has been...
Jeremiah Justin Denslow
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(513) 268-0557 312 Walnut St.
Suite 16000
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
University of Cincinnati College of Law
There are over 1 million laws in the United States. My entire legal practice is devoted to just one--the Ohio law that prohibits drinking and driving. Because of my concentrated focus on DUI defense, I know the DUI laws better than most lawyers in the state. I am a passionate DUI defense lawyer and I get results.

Traditionally, lawyers have had multiple practice areas such as criminal defense, personal injury, probate, divorce, and child custody. They may have handled a few DUI cases each year. However, today, more and more lawyers are choosing to limit their work to...
Steven Russell Adams Esq
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(513) 929-9333 8 West Ninth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Criminal and DUI
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
Steven Adams, founder of The Law Office of Steven R. Adams, LLC, is the kind of Cincinnati DUI lawyer you want on your side when facing DUI/OVI charges. Before becoming a criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Adams served as an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor for eight years. Drawing from his experience as a former prosecutor, he knows how to strategically prepare cases because he developed an excellent understanding of criminal trials and how to effectively present criminal cases to a jury. He has argued in front of the Supreme Court twice and won a case 7-0! As a certified instructor in...
Daryle C. Tibbs
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(513) 793-7544 1329 East Kemper Rd.
#4230
Cincinnati, OH 45246
Free ConsultationCriminal, Estate Planning, Family and Probate
Capital University Law School and Xavier University
Daryle C. Tibbs is a proud graduate of William Mason High School. She received her bachelor's degree from Miami University in 2006, her master's degree from Xavier University in 2007, and her juris doctor from Capital University in 2010. Daryle C. Tibbs received her Ohio license in May 2010 and her Kentucky license in May 2016.
Charles M. Rittgers
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(513) 932-7375 312 Walnut St. #1600
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Charles M. Rittgers is a trial lawyer with a record of success in criminal defense, DUI, and injury cases. Charlie's record includes not guilty jury verdicts in numerous cases in which no plea bargain was offered by the prosecutor, including murder, DUI, and domestic violence. In injury cases, Charlie is willing to take cases to trial that most lawyers would settle. For example, despite having a $1,000,000 offer from an insurance company to settle a motorcycle crash case, Charlie and his client refused the offer, took the case to a summary jury trial, and received a verdict of $9,000,000. ...
Joseph Suhre
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(513) 333-0014 600 Vine Street
Suite 1004
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
University of Cincinnati College of Law
CINCINNATI, NORTHERN KENTUCKY, COLUMBUS, & DAYTON DUI DEFENSE My name is Joe Suhre and I am committed to DUI defense. In fact, that's all I do. I am a graduate of Xavier University where I received a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. I then attended the University of Cincinnati where I received my Juris Doctorate (law degree). I am licensed to practice in Ohio and the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio. I am a former police officer and that gives me a definite advantage when I'm assisting a...
Bradley Groene
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
810 Sycamore St, Fl 3
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Northern Kentucky University
Bradley Groene is a skilled and dedicated Cincinnati criminal defense lawyer. Solely focusing on criminal and traffic defense, Brad has successfully defended clients against felony and misdemeanor charges. In law school, Brad spent time interning at the Hamilton County Public Defender's office; upon graduating and becoming licensed to practice law in both Ohio and Kentucky, he knew he wanted to continue defending people against charges. Brad has won numerous trials in his clients' favor and works tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for the people he represents.
John L O'Shea
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(513) 300-4012 250 East 5th Street
Suite 2350
Cincinnati, OH 45202-5136
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Call John 24/7 on 513-300-4012 if you need help immediately. He is always available to protect his clients.

John focuses on DUI/OVI (“drunk driving”), criminal and white collar defense. John also practices in all other areas of litigation, including civil litigation, business law, serious personal injury and wrongful death claims.
John was named to the Super Lawyers Top 100 lawyers in Ohio for 2013, 2017, 2018 & 2019 and the Top 50 lawyers in Cincinnati for 2012 through 2019. In 2018 John was named to America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys. He is The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Cincinnati...
Ameer E. Mabjish
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(513) 818-5642 250 East 5th Street, 15th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal and Personal Injury
University of Dayton School of Law
Ameer grew up on the west side of Cincinnati, Ohio. After several years living in other cities in Ohio and Kentucky for school and work, he moved back to Cincinnati's west side with his family. This is his home. The people of Greater Cincinnati on both sides of the river will always be his people.

If you are being investigated, accused of a crime, or suffered injuries in an accident, please DO NOT SPEAK WITH ANYONE about your situation without first consulting a good, experienced attorney. Consultations with Mabjish Law, PLLC are free and confidential.


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Roger Kirk Esq
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(513) 651-2525 114 E 8th St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and White Collar Crime
University of Dayton School of Law
For over 30 years, Roger Kirk has represented clients in Cincinnati, Butler County, Clermont County, and Warren County. He focuses criminal defense, appellate and personal injury cases. Roger will represent you zealously and guides you through the stressful and difficult litigation process. He will use his knowledge and trial-tested techniques to get the best results for you. If you need help with a criminal defense or personal injury matter, choose Roger Kirk.
Mark Edward Godbey Esq
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(513) 241-6650 708 Walnut Street
Suite 600
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Family
University of Akron
I am a native of Cincinnati and have been actively practicing law for over 22 years. We are a full-service law firm of five attorneys, representing clients and small businesses in a variety of matters, including auto accidents and other kinds of personal injury law, bankruptcy and debt consolidation, divorce and other aspects of family law, probate, estate planning, criminal and traffic cases, etc. We have offices in downtown Cincinnati, West Chester, Dayton and Florence, Kentucky. We offer a free initial consultation, affordable rates and payment terms. Our attorneys strive for the best legal results while also giving...
Christopher Lewis Jackson Esq
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(513) 861-8000 810 Sycamore Street
1st Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal, Insurance Claims, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Capital University and Kentucky Wesleyan College
Helping those injured or arrested since 2003 in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Greg D. Porter
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Fairfield, OH Criminal Law Lawyer
(513) 407-0000 526 Nilles Road, Suite 9
Fairfield, OH 45014
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, Consumer and Divorce
Mr. Robert F. Healey Jr.
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Newport, KY Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(859) 663-2900 530 York Street Phone
Suite 1004
Newport, KY 45202
Criminal and DUI
University of Dayton
My area of practice is mostly limited to DUI / OVI defense. I have also represented clients with criminal charges for misdemeanors and felonies, as well as many types of traffic infraction and driver's license problem. I am licensed to practice in Ohio and KY as well as Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Having completed NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driver Enforcement (ARIDE) training for detection of drug and alcohol impaired drivers gives me insight into how police decide to make their arrests as well as a perspective...
Jason F. Barr
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(513) 338-1901 810 Sycamore St
Ste 521
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
Capital University Law School
Bankruptcy, Divorce, and Criminal Defense Attorney with the law firm of Barr, Jones & Associates LLP providing legal services in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, Ohio. We built a better law firm because our clients matter most.
Scott Aaron Rubenstein Esq
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(513) 241-7460 125 East Court Street
Suite 1000
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Scott A. Rubenstein has practiced criminal law for 15 years in Southwest Ohio. A former Assistant Prosecutor with Hamilton County, and in private practice since 2003, Mr. Rubenstein has litigated hundreds of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases including murder, robbery, sex crimes, narcotic crimes, white collar crimes, theft crimes, and appellate cases of all varieties. He has represented successfully hundreds of clients at trial and all other stages of courtroom proceedings, including arraignment, bail hearings, preliminary hearings, probation violations, sentencing hearings, and appeals. Mr. Rubenstein received his BA degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1995. He...
Jodie Ganote
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(513) 739-5634 215 East Ninth Street
Suite 650
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
Following ten years of exceptional performance in running a large corporate call center facility, I decided to make a career change and graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2007. While I was in a law school, I worked at an organization that helped remove legal barriers for the indigent. This experience developed my interest in solving client's criminal disputes with the government. I have a passion to serve my clients in a manner I would want to be served myself. It was this passion that led me to open my own practice,...
Charles Anthony McKinney Esq
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
810 Sycamore Street, Third Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Criminal, Business, Civil Rights and Divorce
Harvard Law School and University of Notre Dame
My passion is offering each client personal service in aggressively defending and protecting their rights. I provide the highest quality legal services that gives my clients reliable and effective representation in legal matters that arise everyday in the business context. I have the skill and experience to negotiate or go to trial as needed.
Megan Mersch Fields
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(513) 381-9215 600 Vine Street
Suite 2650
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Civil Rights and Employment
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
Megan Mersch Fields has a general litigation practice that includes representing businesses and individuals in employment law, business law, civil rights, products liability, criminal law, and general commercial practice. Her experience as an ex-prosecutor make her well suited for litigation and case resolution through both negotiation and trial. Megan practices in state and federal courts in both Kentucky and Ohio.
Mr. Kenneth John Crehan Esq
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(513) 381-5050 Crehan & Thumann LLC
1206 Race Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business and Collections
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
L. Patrick Mulligan
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(513) 795-5661 225 W. Court Street
Suite 500
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Criminal, DUI and Divorce
University of Cincinnati College of Law
L. Patrick Mulligan, Esq. is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. As a former prosecutor, he has worked on over 180 felony cases and has now dedicated himself to the practice of criminal defense. He handles a wide variety of cases including DUI, assault, juvenile crimes, sex crimes, and more. As a testament to his nearly 28 years of experience in criminal law, he has been recognized as a Superior DUI Attorney by the NAFDD and has been named a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine in 2007. In addition, he has earned board certification...
Bryan R Perkins
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(513) 632-5335 810 Sycamore Street
5th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Extensive trial and appellate practice in the field of criminal defense. State and federal courts.
Michael Dean Zimmerman Esq
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney
(513) 333-0014 1014 Vine St.
Suite 2525
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Shortly after passing the Ohio State Bar exam, I was called to active duty in the United States Marine Corps in October of 2002. I attended Naval Justice School and was assigned as the chief prosecuting attorney of Marine Corps Air Station New River. I served two tours in Iraq. I was active duty USMC through 2007 and continue to be a USMC Reservist and am Deputy Staff Judge Advocate of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. When I was no longer active duty USMC, I accepted a position as an Assistant Prosecutor for Hamilton County, Ohio. And recently, I accepted a position as a criminal...
Stephanie Franxman
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(513) 322-5746 1427 Main Street, Apartment 5
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Criminal
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Through proactive use of the law, I work to reduce exposure to legal risks. I partner with small business owners to plan for the future of the business, ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, improve results with vendors and contractors, and reduce exposure to expensive law suits. You can improve longevity, stability, and long-term profitability by taking the necessary steps to properly protect your business. I strive to meet the needs of small businesses by providing affordable services. Initial consultations are free so please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want to...
Traci Combs-Valerio Esq
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Fairfield, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(513) 829-9999 1248 NILLES ROAD, SUITE 7
Fairfield, OH 45014
Criminal, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
University of Dayton School of Law
Arthur J. Southard
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(513) 441-7770 1219 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Personal Injury
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
A. Brian McIntosh
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(513) 929-4040
Ext. 2
1136 Saint Gregory Street
Suite 100
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Criminal, Business, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
John Joseph Mulvey Esq
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(513) 721-0001 2306 Park Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Criminal, Business, Consumer and DUI
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
Louis Rubenstein Esq
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(513) 241-7460 125 East Court Street
Suite 1000
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
University of Dayton
I have spent my entire career taking care of good people in bad situations. I am privileged to enjoy the highest rating (AV) by the nations only rating system. Consider qualifications before choosing an attorney. I am here to fight for you, whatever your charges. Injured? Let me take care of all the hassles while you heal, and get you proper compensation. OVI call me before you take ANY tests.
Frank M. Mungo Esq
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Blue Ash, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(513) 721-5297 4555 Lake Forest Drive
Suite 650
Blue Ash, OH 45242
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
If you or a loved one was charged with a crime or a DUI, have hope. Frank M. Mungo is an aggressive, dedicated, and experienced criminal defense and DUI attorney who cares. As a former felony prosecutor in Kentucky, Mr. Mungo knows how fight for you and those you love. Mr. Mungo possesses the unique combination of being both a scientist and seasoned trial lawyer. The truth leaves a trail, and Frank M. Mungo never quits his search to find it so to help those in need.
Ryan L. DeBra
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Cincinnati , OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
4914 Ridge Avenue
Cincinnati , OH 45209
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Memphis
Serving Hamilton, Clermont and Warren Counties
Rock Christopher Lee Esq
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Cincinnati, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(513) 333-0014 600 Vine Street
Suite 1004
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Criminal and DUI
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Dayton, Ohio DUI and Criminal Defense My name is Rock C Lee. I graduated from Ohio State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. I continued on to receive a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Cincinnati. I received my Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. I entered the business sector, after graduation from law school, applying my business and economic knowledge in the field of business valuation. I then returned to practicing law. I am currently licensed in Ohio, Kentucky, and the United States District court, Southern District of...
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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.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.