Aggressively Defending Against State And Federal Felony Charges

Imprisonment. Fines. Forfeiture of civil liberties. These are just a few of the significant impacts a felony conviction can have on one's life. When such serious consequences are on the line, you need an aggressive attorney who is familiar with state and federal criminal procedure in your corner to make sure your rights are protected since your future depends on it.

At Lopez, Severt & Pratt Co., L.P.A., our criminal defense attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience representing people charged with felony criminal offenses in Ohio's greater Miami Valley area. When your liberty, your rights and your ability to support yourself and your family is on the line, we are here to guide you through the process with shrewd advocacy and practical advice.

Felony Criminal Defense — Serious Advocacy For Serious Charges

In Ohio, felonies are generally classified in five degrees — with first-degree being the most serious — while some serious crimes, such as murder, are unclassified. Prison terms for classified felonies range from six months to 11 years, while the penalties for unclassified felonies range from 15 years to death by lethal injection.

Ohio also imposes mandatory prison terms in some felony cases and levies fines of up to $25,000. Ohio is also known for its tough stance on drug crimes and complicated sentencing framework.

With so much at stake in a felony case, you need an attorney who's willing to fully investigate your case, prepare the best defense strategy possible and make every effort to get the charges against you dismissed or reduced in severity. Our experienced felony defense attorneys can help you fight a variety of felony charges, including:

  • Drug and controlled dangerous substance (CDS) offenses
  • Murder and aggravated murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Rape and criminal sexual conduct
  • Kidnapping
  • Robbery
  • Grand theft auto
  • Breaking and entering

Federal Criminal Defense — It's A Different Landscape

While felony criminal offenses prosecuted under state law are extremely serious, felony criminal offenses prosecuted under federal law are exceptionally serious. Federal felony offenses are more severe, can have a greater impact on your future and are driven by law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges who are tough and unyielding.

The landscape in a federal case is also entirely different than it is in a state felony case. Not only are the courthouses, judges and prosecutors different, but the entire process underlying the system is different. Attorneys who practice in federal court must be specifically authorized to do so — not just any lawyer can represent a client in federal court.

At Lopez, Severt & Pratt Co., L.P.A., we are admitted to practice in federal court, and we have the experience, knowledge and confidence necessary to present your case in the best possible light. Our attorneys can help you face down the sobering charges and stiff sentencing guidelines associated with federal crimes. From drug trafficking to drug conspiracy, mail fraud to tax evasion, and credit card fraud to child pornography, we have the experience you need in federal court.

If you or someone you love is being investigated for a crime — state or federal — or if you've already been arrested or charged with a crime, it's important to get experienced legal help now to protect your rights. Contact Lopez, Severt & Pratt Co., L.P.A., in Troy, Ohio, today by emailing us online or calling 937-335-5658 .