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Criminal defense team
Our criminal defense attorneys have successfully represented Ohio clients for nearly three decades. Our lead criminal defense attorney, Greg Mathews, is a former prosecutor for the City of Columbus, former special prosecutor for Columbus, and experienced criminal defense lawyer. Greg has been able to draw upon his background from both sides of the criminal justice system to provide successful defense in hundreds of cases. If you or someone you know has been arrested, charged, or accused of a criminal offense, then you will appreciate our honest, practical legal advice from our skilled team of lawyers.
Common Criminal Cases
Criminal charges can be separated into three categories: minor misdemeanors; misdemeanors; and, felonies. The different classifications is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the amount of punishment given to a person found guilty of the charge.
Criminal Defense Strategies
Examples of common criminal cases we handle include:
Crimes of Violence – Assault, Domestic Violence, Aggravated Menacing, Inducing Panic
Theft Offenses – Theft, Petty Theft, Shoplifting; passing bad check, receiving stolen property, forgery, unauthorized use of property, identity theft , burglary, breaking and entering, Medicare / Medicaid fraud, embezzlement
Drug Offenses – drug Abuse, possession of marijuana, drug Paraphernalia , possession of drugs, trafficking in marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, trafficking in drugs, deception to obtain drugs,
Other Criminal Offenses – assault, negligent assault, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, weapons violations, carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of a firearm, domestic violence (M4) telephone harassment, soliciting, obstruction of justice, gambling, and many others.
There are five levels of Misdemeanor Charges and penalties:
M1 – Misdemeanor 1st Degree – Penalty up to 6 months jail & $1,000 fine.
M2 – Misdemeanor 2nd Degree – Penalty up to 90 days jail and $750 fine.
M3 – Misdemeanor 3rd Degree – Penalty up to 60 days jail and $500 fine.
M4 – Misdemeanor 4th Degree – Penalty up to 30 jail and $250 fine.
MM – Minor Misdemeanor – Penalty no jail and up to $150 fine.
There are five levels of Felonies
Charges and penalties:
F1 – Felony 1st Degree – Penalty up to 3-11+ years and $20,000 fine.
F2 – Felony 2nd Degree – Penalty up to 2-8 years and $10,000 fine.
F3 – Felony 3rd Degree – Penalty up to 9-60 months and $7,500 fine.
F4 – Felony 4th Degree – Penalty up to 6-18 months and $5,000 fine.
F5 – Felony 5th Degree – Penalty up to 6-12 months and $2,500 fine.
Any conviction or even an allegation of wrongdoing may have life changing consequences. Because we are well aware of the effects of a criminal charge on you and your family, we will aggressively fight to protect your rights, freedom, reputation and livelihood while providing you the top-quality legal representation you deserve from your criminal attorney. There is no substitute for a dedicated and experienced criminal lawyer who will fully investigate and construct a solid defense based upon the specific facts of your case.
At Mathews & Gill, LLP, our attorneys believe that our client’s needs come first, and our attorneys will do whatever it takes to handle each case with expertise and passion when representing our clients.
Don’t take any criminal charge lightly, they can carry jail time, expensive fines, loss of freedoms, license suspensions, and leave a damaging criminal record. A criminal conviction can limit your future career and professional opportunities.
Expungement and Sealing of Record is a great option if you have a criminal record. If you have a criminal record, you probably have experienced the negative impact of a criminal conviction in your past. We help people throughout Ohio have their records sealed and expunged so they can put an old record behind them and move on with their life and employment opportunities.
Let our criminal defense lawyers put their many years of experience to work for you to secure a successful resolution of your case.