Criminal Defense Attorney in Delaware, Ohio

Have you been accused of a crime? Dealing with the criminal justice system can be overwhelming. Delaware, Ohio attorney Geoff Spall is an expert in criminal defense and recognizes what is stake for each and every client. Don’t delay. Contact attorney Spall today for a free consultation.

Know Your Rights

Just because you are accused of a crime, does not mean that you will be convicted of that crime! Police officers are charged with the task of filing criminal charges.  This merely requires a determination of probable cause. Probable Cause has been defined as: “facts and circumstances within the officers’ knowledge, and of which they have reasonably trustworthy information, that are sufficient in themselves to warrant a belief by a man of reasonable caution that a crime is being committed.  Brinegar v. United States, 338 U.S. 160 (1949).

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Felony Criminal Defense Attorney Delaware, Ohio

A felony offense is generally defined as an offense that is punishable by a year or more of incarceration (prison).  Felonies offenses in Ohio are categorized into “degrees” ranging from First Degree to Fifth Degree with Fifth Degree being the lowest.  This means a Fifth Degree felony or “F5” is the least punishable felony degree and First Degree Felony is the most punishable.

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Misdemeanor Defense Attorney Delaware, Ohio

Misdemeanor offenses are lower level offenses that individually generally punishable by less 6 months or less, Despite being lower level than felony, misdemeanor offenses are still quite serious and can carry severe penalties.  If convicted, the court can impose penalties including jail, community control sanctions (probation), house arrest, fines, remedial classes, etc.

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Judicial Release Attorney Delaware County Ohio

Judicial Release refers to the sentencing judge’s power to grant a prisoner’s early release from prison.  If/when released on judicial release, offenders have their remaining prison time suspended and are placed on a period of 1-5 years of community control sanctions.  If community control sanctions are completed successfully (without violation), the suspended prison time disappears.  If community control sanctions are violated, the judge can and will likely send the offender back to prison for the remaining prison term.

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