Some criminal activities are classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances involved. This is especially true of crimes involving theft, domestic violence, OVI (drunk driving), and other serious traffic offenses.
Repeated criminal activities may be elevated to the level of a felony. Other illegal activities may become a felony because of the gravity of the harm inflicted or the nature of the victim. Drug crime, for example, becomes a felony depending on the quantity and type of drug in possession, and other factors, such as trafficking, being in the vicinity of a school or a juvenile, etc.
Additional penalties, often mandatory, may be tacked on if the offense involves the possession or use of a firearm or other type of weapon. Crimes against law enforcement officers or corrections officers generally are felonies and require more severe felony penalties.
Crimes categorized as felonies automatically entitle the accused to a trial by jury in the Ohio criminal justice system. A felony jury consists of twelve trial jurors in all criminal offenses.
A felony conviction may have a profound effect on a person’s ability to obtain employment, as future employers may be very reluctant to hire anyone with a felony conviction.
People convicted of felonies may also face other consequences such as not being allowed to vote, not being allowed to possess firearms, being denied housing, disqualification for grants, forfeiture of property, and loss of professional licenses. It is always wise to consult an attorney.
If you are charged with a felony, you definitely need the services of a skilled criminal defense attorney familiar with the court system where your charges will be heard. You simply cannot put your future in the hands of an inexperienced lawyer or a lawyer not accustomed to handling criminal cases on a regular basis.
Since the stakes are so high in felony cases, it is paramount that a criminal defense lawyer is consulted at the earliest opportunity, even if you are only considered a suspect. In any case, you should never answer any questions from police officers under any circumstances…ever!
Speaking to Law Enforcement officers is one of the worst mistakes you can make. This is especially true if you are genuinely innocent. Never talk to police officers. Consult an attorney immediately.
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The attorneys in our law firm primarily service Portage County courts (Ravenna and Kent) from our office in Ravenna, and Summit County courts (Akron, Stow, Barberton) from our office in Stow. Cases in all other courts in North East Ohio, such as Cuyahoga County courts, are handled under specific terms and conditions.