Our team of Centerville criminal defense lawyers at Gounaris Abboud, LPA have extensive experience in multiple areas of criminal law.
A criminal conviction can carry multiple unwanted consequences that can follow you around for the rest of your life.
You may be subject to criminal penalties, along with external consequences that affect other areas of your life.
For example, individuals with a felony conviction see their annual earnings reduced by an average of 22%, while those with a misdemeanor conviction see their annual earnings reduced by an average of 16%.
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Cases Our Centerville Defense Attorneys Handle
Our team at Gounaris Abboud, LPA has over 50 years of combined legal experience.
With attorneys previously employed as prosecutors and judges, we know our way around the criminal justice system.
We represent many clients facing a multitude of different criminal allegations.
If you’ve been arrested or cited with a criminal charge in Centerville, you will be required to appear in the Kettering Municipal Court located 2325 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, Ohio.
There are two (2) Judges that serve the jurisdiction; Judge Frederick W. Dressel has served on the Court since 2014, and Judge James F. Long since 2015.
Property crimes make up a large chunk of the criminal charges in today’s criminal justice system.
Many property crimes come down to some form of theft, such as:
- Receiving stolen property
- Car theft
- Destruction of property
Your charges often depend on the value of the items you stole and where you stole the property from.
For example, a receiving stolen property conviction in Ohio starts as a first-degree misdemeanor unless the property value is between $1,000 and $7,500.
In that case, receiving stolen property is considered a fifth-degree felony.
A first-degree misdemeanor in Ohio carries the potential of up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, while a fifth-degree felony carries a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.
Drug crimes vary widely based on what you were doing with the drugs, where they were found, and the quantity of drugs in your possession when you were arrested.
Common drug crimes include:
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Trafficking in controlled substances
Drug or paraphernalia possession charges typically carry the least severe consequences when compared to other drug crimes like trafficking.
However, even a paraphernalia possession conviction can lead to negative consequences.
Section 2925.14 of the Ohio Revised Code prohibits individuals from knowingly using drug paraphernalia or possessing drug paraphernalia with the intention of using it.
Ohio considers possession of paraphernalia either a minor misdemeanor or a fourth-degree misdemeanor, depending on the drug the paraphernalia was used for.
Drunk Driving Crimes
Ohio imposes strict penalties on those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol.
A first-degree misdemeanor carries a mandatory minimum 3-day jail sentence, a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail, a fine of up to $1,075, and mandatory driver’s intervention program attendance for three days.
At Gounaris Abboud, LPA, our criminal defense attorneys in Centerville, Ohio, can listen to the facts of your case and formulate a strategy to help you secure a favorable outcome.
Need Representation Against Criminal Charges? Contact Our Centerville Criminal Defense Lawyers at Gounaris Abboud
A defense lawyer can provide a vital advantage when you are facing criminal charges by:
- Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your case
- Negotiating for a favorable plea agreement
- Preparing your case to go to trial, if necessary
Our team at Gounaris Abboud has decades of experience representing those facing criminal charges.
One of our managing partners, Nick G. Gounaris, is an experienced attorney with a prior history as a prosecutor, magistrate, and acting judge.
He has received nominations from his peers to the Super Lawyers list for ten consecutive years, from 2012 through 2021.
He has also been recognized by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA) as a “Nationally Ranked Top 10” in 2014 and 2015 and was named a recipient of the “10 Best Client Satisfaction” Award for Criminal Law by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys in 2014 and 2015.