Put A Defense Attorney On Your Side Today
Without proper defense and legal representation, criminal charges could derail your life. Attorney Laura Helmbrecht provides experienced and skilled defense to individuals throughout Ohio who have been accused of criminal wrongdoing and offenses that could result in serious sentencing and penalties.
No matter what type of charge you are facing – from a misdemeanor to a felony – she can provide the strategies you need. Do not hesitate to call our Columbus law office now to arrange a consultation: 614-370-7897.
Skilled Navigation Of The Criminal Justice System – Defense On Your Side
Criminal charges obviously vary in severity. A misdemeanor could be something as simple as jaywalking or petty theft. Felonies are much more serious, including things like robbery and weapons offenses. The type of sentence that you will receive depends on how the prosecutor charges you for what happened. This is up to the prosecutor’s discretion and based on many factors.
Prosecutors try to get nearly all defendants to resolve their charges through what are called plea deals. They usually involve a defendant pleading guilty to certain charges so that, in return, the prosecution will either drop more serious charges or recommend a lesser sentence than they might otherwise face. These deals are always beneficial to prosecutors but not always so to defendants. You alone get to decide whether to accept the agreement.
If you are convicted (at trial or through a guilty plea), the potential sentence you face depends on the offense and how it was charged. As such, your consequences could include jail/prison or probation, fines, community service, victim restitution and similar provisions.
You get to choose how to resolve your charges, and our firm is prepared to advocate aggressively on your behalf no matter what path you want to take. Our experienced attorney can first attempt to reach a plea deal on the most favorable terms possible. Attorney Laura Helmbrecht has the experience you need on your side during these negotiations. She has worked with prosecutors to minimize sentencing and provide her clients with the best possible outcomes.
If the prosecutor isn’t willing to be reasonable, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial (with your permission, of course). Our firm represents clients facing all types of criminal charges, including:
- Alcohol offenses, such as DUI and drunk and disorderly conduct
- Drug crimes
- Juvenile crimes, including minor in possession and underage drinking
- Theft and property crime
After your sentence has been served, we may also be able to help you expunge certain offenses from your long-term criminal record to ease your transition back into the workplace and the community.