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.


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.

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