Criminal Defense

Get Help Minimizing the Damage of Criminal Charges

If you are facing criminal charges, you’re going through one of the most difficult, stressful times of your life. But just because you have been accused of a crime does not make you a bad person—and an arrest does not mean that you will necessarily be found guilty.

At Horwitz & Horwitz, LLC, we are dedicated to helping people who have been charged with a crime.

We represent people facing criminal charges involving:

When we take your case, we work with you from start to finish. You will work directly with experienced criminal defense attorney Jon Horwitz. All of your calls, meetings, and court hearings will be handled by Jon, not a paralegal or secretary.

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We believe in developing a relationship with our clients and in being available and approachable throughout the process. We want you to know that you can come to us with questions, and we will make sure that you fully understand the benefits and risks of all of your legal options.

Criminal Defense Overview

Criminal defense law encompasses the legal protections afforded those accused of committing a criminal offense. As you likely know, state prosecutors and other government agencies have huge resources at their disposal and will use those resources to prosecute those accused of a crime. If the accused did not have certain protections, the balance of power would lie significantly with governmental entities. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, it is likely you are feeling very stressed-out, confused, anxious and frightened about your future.

Since criminal prosecutions are based on government-gathered evidence, it is crucial that you have an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney from Horwitz & Horwitz by your side who will obtain all relevant evidence and ensure you were not subjected to an illegal search and seizure. If it turns out your rights were violated, your criminal defense attorney can ask that the court suppress any evidence which was illegally gathered, preventing it from being used at trial.

Under our Constitution, you are afforded many more protections which apply to the defense against your criminal charges. As an example, you cannot be charged twice for the same crime once you have been acquitted of that crime under the 5th Amendment’s double jeopardy provision. The 6th Amendment guarantees you the right to a public trial—the right to have your guilt or innocence decided by a jury of your peers. You also have the right to confront adverse witnesses and to use the subpoena power of the court to compel the appearance of witnesses who can help your case. All of these protections and more are well-known to your attorney and will all be used to your advantage.

Being Released from Jail Pending Your Trial

Following your arrest, you may be placed in jail. Aside from the obvious inconveniences of being locked up, you are unable to work and make a living so long as you are in jail. This also makes it much more difficult to retain an attorney and actively participate in the defense of your case. Further, you are unable to meet your regular financial obligations. This places you at a significant disadvantage.  Therefore, your goal—and that of your attorney—will be to have you released from jail while your case is pending.

This means you will be required to post a bond—good faith money which gives the court collateral to ensure you return to court in the future. Should you not appear, the collateral you used to obtain the bond could be forfeited. In other words, if you put your home up as collateral in order to get out of jail and you don’t show up for court, you could well lose your home. If you have strong ties to the community, family members who depend on you, and you pose no threat to others, your attorney may be able to have your bond reduced or to have you released on your own recognizance (OR).

Should You Take a Plea Bargain?

The vast majority of criminal cases never reach the trial stage because criminal defense attorneys negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor. If you are absolutely innocent of the charges against you, then a plea bargain is likely not an issue. If, however, there is sufficient evidence to establish that you did engage in criminal conduct, your Ohio criminal defense attorney may be able to enter into a settlement agreement on your behalf. This means that in return for your guilty plea, you will have your charges reduced to lesser charges, or your sentence reduced to a more lenient one. Those seeking a plea agreement basically have two options—fight the government on every single issue, giving the prosecutor an incentive to get rid of your case via a plea bargain or cooperate fully, demonstrate true remorse, and convince the prosecutor that a lenient sentence is appropriate. Your Ohio criminal defense attorney from Horwitz & Horwitz will never accept a plea bargain without your full agreement. We will discuss the issue thoroughly with you, clearly outlining the pros and cons of taking the plea agreement. Should you be unwilling to accept a plea bargain, your case will proceed to trial.

Moving Forward with Your Criminal Trial

If your criminal case should proceed to a jury trial, one of the major keys to success lies in presenting a persuasive, coherent theory to the jury which will fully explain that either you have been falsely accused, or that there were extenuating circumstances which caused you to commit the criminal offense. Your criminal defense attorney will develop a convincing theory and present it to the jury in the most effective manner. As an example, suppose you have been arrested on charges of DUI/OVI, after failing the field sobriety tests.

What the jury may not know is that you have a leg injury which prevented you from being able to “pass” the field sobriety tests, and that you had worked ten hours at your job on a farm and were exhausted at the time of the test. Your attorney will ensure the jury knows those facts therefore you will stand a chance of obtaining a “not guilty” verdict. Having an experienced, well-spoken, knowledgeable attorney by your side who can convincingly explain these extenuating circumstances can make the difference between a bad outcome, and the best outcome possible.

At Horwitz & Horwitz, our goal is to give you the best possible outcome for your situation. We tailor our approach to your unique situation and involve you throughout the process. Sometimes, we are able to negotiate a favorable plea agreement. Other times, the case must proceed to trial. We give honest, straightforward advice that takes into account your best interests, not force you to accept a plea agreement or go to trial when it is not appropriate in your case. We never promise results, because no good attorney can honestly guarantee a certain outcome.

Why You Need an Experienced Ohio Criminal Defense Attorney

Our current criminal justice system is simply not designed to allow people to represent themselves, and the person who tries to do so will almost certainly regret that decision later on. If you have been arrested and charged with an Ohio criminal offense, it is crucial that you have a highly qualified Ohio criminal defense attorney from Horwitz & Horwitz to stand up for your rights, to fight back against an overzealous police officer, and to truly care about your future.

We take the time to listen to your story, gather the evidence, look into all possible defenses, and implement the best strategy for your case–all in a cost-effective manner.

Our attorneys will fight aggressively on your behalf to ensure you receive the very best outcome possible. We believe in you and have compassion for your current situation. Contact an Ohio criminal defense attorney from Horwitz & Horwitz today or request a free consultation to get straightforward advice.