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Denman & Lerner, LPA has extensive experience in defending individuals charged with various Federal, State, and Municipal criminal offenses. Our attorneys have handled cases that are as simple as minormisdemeanor speeding tickets and as complex as first degree felony cases such as aggravated homicide. We also have significant experience in handling OVI/DUI cases at the misdemeanor and felony level. We understand that no matter what the severity of your current charges, your life and liberty are at stake. As such, our firm offers the same level of professionalism in every matter we handle.
We Know You Have Questions
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, we are certain that there are numerous questions to which you would appreciate quick, fair, honest answers.For example:
Could the charge(s) against you result in you being jailed or imprisoned?
Can we keep you out of jail?
Will your right to drive be affected?
Are you permitted to drive during the pendency of your case?
How might your charge(s) affect your job, your family?
When will you get to tell your side of the story?
Should you perform sobriety tests or what if you already did?
Will you have to register as a sexual offender?
Will you be put on probation or can you be put back on probation?
How is your bond set (and if yours has been set) how can it be lowered?
At Denman & Lerner, LPA, these are some of the most frequently questions posed by our clients facing criminal charges. That is why we at Denman & Lerner, LPA offer a free initial consultation. So that we may address your concerns, answer your questions and provide you with information and free quotes.
Also, at Denman & Lerner, LPA, protecting what is important to you is what we do. We understand that sometimes the only thing standing between you and the loss of your freedom is the attorney that represents you. Our attorneys are experienced in all levels of Ohio as well as Federal courts. Although our office serves predominately northern Ohio, we have represented clients across the state. We have represented clients charged with offenses that have included such matters as: vehicular homicide; felonious assault, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, rape, sexual crimes; fleeing and eluding ; domestic violence; driving under the influence;driving under suspension; drug manufacturing; drug possession; drug trafficking; child endangering; non -payment of child support; theft, speeding and other and minor traffic offenses.
The attorneys at Denman & Lerner, LPA will fight for you. They will take the time to clearly and completely explain the charges against you. They will put in the extra effort needed to thoroughly investigate the charge(s) that have been brought against you. They will review and examine all the evidence in your case, interview witnesses that may testify (for or against you) and work tirelessly to achieve the best plea bargain, if it is best for you, take your case to trial.
What If You Are Charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI/OVI)
The laws and case rulings regarding Driving Under the Influence have changed frequently in the recent past and continue to do so; however, so that we may provide you with the highest caliber of criminal defense, the attorneys at Denman & Lerner, LPA are constantly researching and reviewing the law.
We, at Denman & Lerner, LPA, are intimately familiar with the immediate and long term effects that a DUI/OVI convictioncan have on your life. It may affect you (and your family) financially, socially, psychologically, legally and even physically. We also understand that all of these matters must be considered when determining the best approach for you, our client.
What If You Have Been Charged with a Sex Crime
Denamn & Lerner’s criminal defense attorneys are experienced in representing clients that have been charged with a crime involving sexual conduct. We understand that being accused of a sex crime is especially difficult to deal with. In addition to those other issues, strains and stresses that are attendant to being charged with a crime, a sex crime charge has an immediate social stigma attached to it.
If you have been arrested for a sex crime, it is important that you maintain your constitutional right to remain silent and contact our office immediately.We recognize and understand that, even false and baseless accusations create negative business, social and family concerns. Our experience in representing clients charge with such conduct includes a component of sensitivity to issues and we represent our clients in a manner that incorporate all of the intangible pressures such charges create.
Fraud and Embezzlement Charges
Because such charges as fraud, embezzlement and other “white collar” charges most typically involve large sums of money, they are most frequently charged as felonies, and carry with them severe penalties. Occasionally the most innocent of actions may result in a charge of breaching your fiduciary (a position of trust) duty to an organization, charity, business or association that can result is enormous damage to your reputation, family relations, career, and social position..
When faced with such serious and complex charges, the need for representation by the experienced attorneys of Denman & Lerner, LPA at an early stage in the process can provide you with the only opportunity you may have conduct a thorough and professional review of the evidence against you, interview witnesses, conduct a general investigation of the issues at hand and, ultimately, build a strong defense.
Regardless of your position—bank teller, secretary of your men’s club, bookkeeper at a corner store, an elected official, Chairman of the Board, or PTO President– when you accused embezzlement or some other fraudulent misconduct, our attorneys have the experience and legal skills required to properly represent you.
The attorneys at Denman & Lerner, have defended clients against such charges that have involved:
Breach of fiduciary duty
Workers’ Compensation Fraud
Our attorneys are experienced in discussing such matters with the accusing government agency and negotiating a favorable conclusion.
What if You are Charged with Domestic Violence?
If you are charged with Domestic Violence (an assault involving your spouse, family member or significant other)it is important that you retain an experienced, knowledgeable attorney. The attorneys at Denman & Lerner Co., LPA have years of experience in dealing with the legal as well as family and social issues stemming from such a charge. Domestic Violence offenses (they can be charged as felonies if you have a past offense) carry severe penalties that include jail (or prison) time, anger management classes/drug and alcohol rehabilitation and treatment programs, prohibition from owning or possessing a fire arm, protection orders for up to 5 years, and the charge may not be expunged under current law.
Sexual Assault Charges
Some of the ways a person can be charged for a sex crime in Ohio include:
- Violent sex crimes, sexual abuse and sexual assault, including rape and molestation
- Sexual battery
- Gross sexual imposition
- Lewd conduct
- Public indecency
- Exploitation of minors
- Internet crimes
Quite frequently, especially when a young child is involved, sexual assault charges are based upon false, inaccurate, incomplete and/or mistaken statements and allegations. All the while causingthe falsely accused to held up to public ridicule and distain.
That is why you need the attorneys at Denman & Lerner Co. LPA. We have years of experience in: thoroughly reviewing all evidence and, statements; interviewing witnesses; and revealing flaws in the prosecution’s case.
Our attorneys, here in Mentor, Ohio, will, of course,zealously pursue all aspects of your defense, but, of equal importance, we will also use our experience in these matters to protect your reputation and good name.
Misdemeanor Criminal Charges
Some of our clients, at first, believed a misdemeanor charge had inconsequential penalties attached; they soon learned, however, that ifyou are found guilty of even a Misdemeanor offense, you can be incarcerated, fined heavily, placed on probation, forced to attend remedial driving programs, rehabilitation/counseling sessions, be ordered to subject yourself to random drug testing and it creates a permanent record that will be found if you are ever the subject of a background check. We at Denman & Lerner Co. LPA have the experience needed to provide you with a defense to help you properly resolve any Misdemeanor Criminal charges.
Helping you to maintaining your privilege to drive (and protect your livelihood)is important to the attorneys at Denman & Lerner Co., LPA. In addition to the possibility of incarceration, a convictionfor a traffic offense can expose you to a license suspension, points being assessed against you and a serious increase in your insurance rates. These matters may initially appear to be insignificant to you; however, they can be extremelycostly, frustrating and enormously inconvenient.The attorneys at Denman & Lerner Co., LPA have years of experience defending and negotiatingsuch matters. We know how to achieve the best possible results.
The proper and timely filing of a Motion for Judicial Release in Ohiois of paramount importance. If you are an inmate hoping to secure early release, you, essentially, get only one opportunity to ask for it. Be sure you make the most of your one opportunity by using one of our experienced Mentor, Ohio attorneys.
How can You Seal (Expunge) your Criminal Record
Ohio law does provide for an opportunity for you to seal (expunge) certain records of your past criminal convictions.But, not all records of conviction may be sealed, and the attorneys at Denman & Lerner Co., LPA are experienced in determining if and when your Ohio conviction record (Felony or misdemeanor) may be sealed..