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If you are facing a violent crime charge in Dayton or anywhere else in Montgomery County, you need a robust defense to protect your future and freedoms. At Gounaris Abboud, we work diligently to defend our clients and leave no stone unturned when building a client’s defense.

Every violent crime defense lawyer on our team understands the stakes involved with violent crime charges. Prison time and fines are on the table, as well as collateral consequences involving employment, child custody, housing, and other important areas of life. When we take your case, we work relentlessly to keep you from the consequences of a conviction.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of experienced criminal defense lawyers. Time is of the essence in these matters. Call today to let Gounaris Abboud fight for you.

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Common Violent Crimes that You Can Be Charged with in Ohio

Ohio has detailed various violent crimes in its statutes, all of which can result in some level of time behind bars and significant fines. Keep in mind that a violent crime conviction can also lead to negative impacts on your future life and livelihood.



According to Ohio Rev. Code § 2903.13, an assault occurs when a person knowingly or recklessly causes or attempts to cause physical harm to someone else or their unborn child.


Aggravated Assault

Per Ohio Rev. Code § 2903.12, aggravated assault occurs when a person seriously harms someone or uses a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance to injure or attempt to injure someone else. The charge contemplates unborn babies as well.



Kidnapping, according to Ohio Rev. Code § 2905.01, occurs when a person uses force, threat of force, or deception to remove a person or restrain them to engage in one of various purposes, such as to request a ransom.


Manslaughter (Voluntary and Involuntary)

Involuntary manslaughter, Ohio Rev. Code § 2903.04, occurs when someone unintentionally causes death while committing a crime. On the other hand, voluntary manslaughter, Ohio Rev. Code § 2903.03, occurs when the offender kills in the heat of passion.



Per Ohio Rev. Code § 2903.02, murder is a purposeful killing or a death caused during the commission of certain violent felonies. Aggravated murder involves a purposeful and calculated killing or a purposeful killing while committing certain violent felonies.

theft charges


Robbery, found in Ohio Rev. Code § 2911.02, is theft with force or the threat of force. When serious bodily injury is caused during the robbery or a deadly weapon is used, the charge of aggravated assault will apply.



In Ohio Rev. Code § 2911.12, burglary is described as trespassing into an occupied or likely to be occupied structure by force, stealth, or deception and committing a crime.

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What Are the Potential Penalties for Violent Crimes in Dayton, Ohio?

Ohio takes violent crime very seriously. Criminal statutes provide harsh punishments for many of the violent crimes described above. If you are facing any type of criminal charge related to violence, you must not hesitate to seek representation from an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Without one, you could be facing the maximum punishment for the violent crime you are charged with.

Generally speaking, Ohio law classifies violent crimes as either felonies or first-degree misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious of the two. As such, felonies receive far more severe punishments and fines than misdemeanors.

As you will see from the chart below, the lowest level charge for a violent crime in Ohio is a first-degree misdemeanor. Assault is often charged as a misdemeanor, leading to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.

The other violent crimes detailed above are typically charged as felony offenses with varying degrees between fifth and first, felonies of the first being the most serious (except for murder charges, which are felonies but not ranked within the felony degree structure). The circumstances of each crime determine what degree of felony charges will be applied to the alleged violent offense.

For example, the burglary statute lists three levels of potential felony charges, second through fourth. If someone is present during a burglary, a felony of the second degree may be charged. However, if no one was present or likely to be present, only a fourth-degree felony charge may be appropriate.

Furthermore, statutory punishments may increase in Ohio, most often due to aggravating factors, such as:

  • Serious bodily injury resulted
  • The offender has a criminal record
  • The victim’s status
  • The circumstances surrounding the incident

Aggravating factors lead to sentence enhancements. That’s why it is crucial to hire an experienced Dayton criminal law and defense attorney as soon as you are facing charges. The earlier your attorney gets to work on your defense, the more time they will have to build a strong case.

Degree of Crime Description
Misdemeanor of the First Degree Up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine up to $1,000.
Felony of the Fifth Degree Prison sentence ranging from 6 months to 1 year and/or a fine up to $2,500.
Felony of the Fourth Degree Prison sentence ranging from 6 to 18 months and/or a fine up to $5,000.
Felony of the Third Degree Prison sentence ranging from 1 to 5 years and/or a fine up to $10,000.
Felony of the Second Degree Prison sentence ranging from 2 to 8 years and/or a fine up to $15,000.
Felony of the First Degree Prison sentence ranging from 3 to 10 years and/or a fine up to $20,000.
Aggravated Murder Death or life imprisonment and/or a fine of $25,000. If the murder was sexually motivated or victim was under 13, the alleged offender can face mandatory prison sentence.
Murder Prison sentence ranging from 15 years to life and/or a fine up to $15,000. If the murder was sexually motivated or victim was under 13, the alleged offender can face mandatory prison sentence.

What Are Possible Defenses to Violent Crimes in Dayton?


A well-crafted defense can lead to various optimal outcomes for a violent crime charge. Depending on your circumstances, a robust defense could lead to a dismissal of the charges against you, reduced charges, reduced sentencing, or a not-guilty verdict at trial.

Some of the defenses our team might use in your case include:

Self-Defense/Defense of Others

Ohio law permits the use of force in self-defense and the defense of others.

Unintentional Killing

Proving you did not intentionally cause a death results in lower charges.


Establishing an alibi with strong evidence can lead to an outright dismissal or dropping of the charges.

Falsely Accused

Your attorney will search diligently for evidence to attack false accusations against you.

Mental Disability

Criminal culpability and punishment are often lower when the alleged offender has a mental disability.

Coercion or Duress

Being coerced into or committing an act under duress can be a strong defense against culpability.

Rights Violations

Rights violations can lead to the exclusion of evidence and even charge dismissals.

Evidence Problems

Your attorney will attack prosecution evidence whenever possible to safeguard your right to due process.

Statute of Limitations Defense

The prosecution only has a limited amount of time in certain violent crime cases — if the time is up, our team will fight to get you out.

Entrapment or Police Misconduct

Police may not induce someone into committing a crime and may not engage in misconduct to solve crimes or apprehend alleged offenders.

After a review of your circumstances, your attorney will have an idea of which defenses might be effective in your case. At Gounaris Abboud, we offer free initial consultations. Call to speak with a violent crimes charge defense lawyer today.

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How Can Our Violent Crimes Defense Attorney Help You?


Defense Plan Strategizing

Investigate the case carefully and thoroughly to develop an effective, tailored defense plan that can be used against your charges.


Legal Counsel and Guidance

Provide specifically tailored advice and counsel throughout your case so you have a basic understanding of what is transpiring and what may come next.


Investigation and Evidence Collection and Analysis

Investigate every aspect of your case and collect all pieces of relevant evidence, allowing us to develop effective defense strategies for your case.


Fierce Negotiation and Plea Bargaining

Press the state for an appropriate plea bargain or sentence deal to avoid trial, but never at the expense of your rights or your interests.


Courtroom Advocacy

Many cases are settled before a court. However, if yours goes to trial, we will vigorously represent you before a judge and jury.

Why Choose Gounaris Abboud, LPA?

Proven History of Success

Proven History of Success

Decades of combined experience defending against violent crime charges.
Vast Knowledge

Vast Knowledge

Dedicated, seasoned advocates who have developed the proper knowledge and skills to properly defend their clients.
Tailored Legal Attention

Tailored Legal Attention

Personalized legal guidance and counsel that directly addresses the unique aspects of your case.
Effective Advocacy

Effective Advocacy

Aggressive and effective defenses in and out of court against the charges you are facing.
Client-Centered Efforts

Client-Centered Efforts

Empathetic and compassionate service with you, the client, as the centerpiece.
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Dayton Violent Crime Resources

Ohio Revised Code

Title 29 of the Ohio Revised Code details the precise definition and requirements of violent crimes in Ohio, such as kidnapping, robbery, murder, assault, and aggravated assault and murder.

National Center for Victims of Crime

Crime victims and their families receive support and access to resources through this nationwide organization.

Ohio Attorney General

Valuable information for crime victims can be found on the Attorney General’s website, including information related to crime victim compensation.

Montgomery County Sheriff's Department

The Sheriff of Montgomery County has the duty to serve and protect all members of the community fairly.