Warren, OH Criminal Defense Attorney
Facing Charges in Warren? We Can Help.
Being charged with a crime can be a frightening and confusing experience, regardless of whether you are innocent or guilty. Fortunately, even if you are lawfully arrested, you have rights. It is our job to ensure that those rights are honored by law enforcement and court officials throughout the duration of your case.
Urban Co., L.P.A. has represented the Warren community for over 30 years. We firmly believe that everyone deserves just treatment and a fair trial. Our criminal defense attorney is familiar with Ohio law and the local courts and can help you navigate these complex systems. If you or a loved one has been arrested in or near Warren, call us right away and we will be by your side.
For aggressive and skilled criminal defense representation in Warren, call Urban Co., L.P.A. at (330) 886-4573 or contact us online.
Types of Crimes We Defend
At Urban Co., L.P.A., we defend many crimes in Warren, including:
- Domestic violence
If you have been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor in the Warren area, feel free to give us a call. We can help.
Misdemeanors vs Felonies—What’s the Difference?
Misdemeanors and felonies are the two main categories of crimes a person can commit. Yet, people often get the two confused.
Misdemeanor: is less serious than a felony. Examples can include anything from traffic tickets to shoplifting to domestic violence charges.
Most misdemeanors are punishable by either:
- A fine
- Up to six months in jail
- Or a combination of both
Felonies: are far more serious. Such crimes tend to involve deadly weapons and/or serious violence.
- Aggravated battery
Generally, felonies carry a penalty of at least one year in prison—if not many more.
What to Do If You Are Arrested
If a police officer takes you into custody because you were seen committing a crime or are suspected of doing so, here is what you should and should not do:
- Don’t use force. Even if the arrest is unlawful or you feel it is unjustified, there are strict punishments for fighting back. You can be charged with resisting arrest or even of committing battery on a police officer, for example. For this reason, it’s best to stay calm and wait until you have the chance to reach out for outside help.
- Invoke your rights. The police should inform you of your Miranda rights during the arrest, which grants you the abilities to remain silent and hire an attorney. Say something like, “I would like to remain silent and I want to speak to a lawyer.” Then, don’t say anything to them—unless they ask for basic, objective information like your name and address. If the police try to get you to sign a waiver revoking your Miranda rights, don’t sign it.
- Don’t talk to anyone about your arrest. Aside from the police, you should never say anything you don’t have to anyone you come into contact with during the aftermath of your arrest—including other inmates you are jailed with. Anything you say actually can and will be used against you, so it’s best not to say anything at all. It is also best not to talk about the details of your case with family and friends either.
- Call someone for help. Ideally, you should be granted three phone calls—one to your family, one to a bail bondsman, and one to an attorney. Assume any calls you make to anyone other than a lawyer are being recorded, so be careful what you say.
- Get legal help. If you don’t already have a lawyer and can’t afford your own, a public defender will be chosen for you. We recommended choosing a lawyer beforehand and memorizing their number just in case. Calls with a lawyer cannot be recorded by the police, so explain your situation to your lawyer as thoroughly as possible.
In many cases, you will be allowed to bail out of jail shortly after your apprehension—as long as your crime wasn’t severe, and you’ve peacefully complied with your arrest. Many bail amounts are standardized, so an arrested individual can generally get out of jail quickly by paying the amount displayed on the station’s bail schedule. If you cannot pay the bail amount, talk to your attorney about your options.
Don’t try to navigate the system alone. Let us help. Call (330) 886-4573 or reach out online to talk to a Warren criminal defense lawyer today.