Violent Crimes

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Violent Crimes Attorney in Athens & Lancaster


Being accused of a violent crime can be life-altering. Aside from the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence, the consequences of a conviction can be life-lasting. You need an attorney who has the experience, training and skill to successfully defend you.

I have represented hundreds of people throughout Ohio charged with violent crimes such as felonious assault, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, assault, aggravated menacing and murder. With more than 25 years' experience and a strong understanding of forensics, I know what it takes to successfully fight violent crime charges because I have done it. When you work with me, you can be sure that I will devote my attention to your case and fight for you relentlessly. From my Lancaster office, I represent clients throughout Ohio, and I focus on helping Ohio University students charged with crimes from my office in Athens.

To speak with an experienced Athens violent crimes attorney, give us a call at (740) 483-0690 or contact us online today.


A successful defense against violent crime charges begins with a thorough investigation of your case. Witnesses need to be interviewed, physical evidence needs to be examined and law enforcement's investigation needs to be scrutinized in order to effectively tell your side of the story. This is why I use the investigative services of Stan Molnar. Together, we work tirelessly to build the strongest defense possible. I recognize and take seriously the fact that the rest of your life is at stake.

Preparing your defense may also involve investigating and challenging the forensic evidence in your case. I am uniquely qualified in DNA evidence and have experience in other forensic issues such as fingerprints, ballistics, crime scene investigation, eyewitness identification and more. When appropriate to the case, I work with experts who can assist with such issues. Providing expert analysis of evidence may demonstrate an alternate theory of the crime or prove your innocence.

I can represent you if you were charged with numerous types of violent crimes in Ohio, including:

  • Murder and homicide
  • Felonious assault
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Aggravated menacing
  • Street fights and bar fights
  • Domestic violence
  • Sex crimes
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Arson
  • Kidnapping
  • Child endangerment

Depending on the charge, a conviction for a violent crime may send you to prison for years. You are at greater risk for a lengthy prison sentence if you are also facing weapons charges. In general, a crime committed with a weapon or an intent to harm will have enhanced penalties. In some cases, I can get weapons charges reduced or dismissed.

Penalties for Violent Crimes in Athens, Ohio

In Ohio, the penalties for violent crimes are severe, reflecting the state's commitment to maintaining public safety. Depending on the circumstances and degree of violence involved in crimes such as assault, robbery, or manslaughter, the consequences vary.

  • Assault offenses, for instance, can range from misdemeanor to felony charges, depending on factors like the severity of injuries, use of weapons, or if the victim is a law enforcement officer. Penalties may include fines, probation, or incarceration.
  • Robbery, a more serious crime, involves the use of force or threat during theft. Convictions can result in significant prison sentences, especially for armed robbery.
  • Manslaughter charges arise from unintentional killings, distinct from murder. Penalties hinge on the circumstances; involuntary manslaughter can lead to imprisonment and fines.
  • For more severe offenses like murder, Ohio law distinguishes between degrees, with first-degree murder carrying life imprisonment or the death penalty.

Enhancements may increase penalties, such as crimes committed with a firearm or against certain victims. Legal consequences extend beyond imprisonment, impacting employment, housing, and personal relationships.

Facing charges for a violent crime demands skilled legal representation. A knowledgeable Athens violent crimes attorney can assess the case, challenge evidence, and strive for reduced charges or acquittal. Seeking legal advice promptly is crucial for building a robust defense and safeguarding individual rights.

To speak with an experienced Athens violent crimes attorney, give us a call at (740) 483-0690 or contact us online today.

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