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Cleveland Felony Defense Attorney Matthew C. Bangerter, Esq.

Felony criminal charges can have serious and long-lasting consequences. Felony convictions result in prison time — ranging from one year to life — and hefty fines, so felony charges should not be taken lightly. Felony charges can also cause significant damage to your reputation even if you are not convicted, and a felony conviction can affect your ability to obtain a loan, vote, or get a job. Cleveland felony defense attorney Matthew C. Bangerter, ESQ. understands that your life is on the line when you are facing felony charges, and he will work to defend your reputation and your freedom.

Ohio Penalties For Felony Convictions

In Ohio, a felony conviction carries a prison sentence of at least one year. Cleveland felony attorney Matthew C. Bangerter, ESQ. is a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney who focuses on representing clients facing allegations of Ohio or federal felony charges, such as:

  • Homicide
  • White collar crimes
  • Drug cases
  • Sex crimes
  • Violent crimes

IMPORTANCE OF FORENSIC EVIDENCE IN FELONY CASES

Matthew Bangerter is a highly trained and experienced Cleveland felony attorney, so he understands the importance of forensic evidence to criminal cases, especially felony cases. His background gives him an edge when evaluating the forensic evidence involved in a felony case. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in biology and studied molecular genetics and computer science in graduate school, so he is well-versed in the scientific evidence involved in felony cases.

As a well-connected Cleveland felony attorney, Bangerter also collaborates with highly knowledgeable experts in forensic science, firearms, toxicology, handwriting, computers, accounting, insurance operations, computer technology, and any other applicable disciplines. He carefully analyzes and considers the facts of the case in light of the law and applicable legal theories in order to develop the appropriate legal strategy, while always striving to protect your constitutional rights.

Expungement And Appeals

If you have been improperly convicted of a state or federal felony, Bangerter can work to launch an appeal of your conviction. If this is your first offense, he can help you seek to have the case expunged, which essentially has the effect of removing the felony conviction from your record.

If you have been charged with a crime, Cleveland felony defense attorney Matthew C. Bangerter, ESQ. can help. Click here for an initial consultation. Call  (440) 394-0548 or visit our office 4124 Erie Street Willoughby, OH 44094 to start planning your defense.

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What Should Someone Do After They Are Arrested For Dui/ovi In Ohio?

Just like in a criminal case, people like to try to help themselves by trying to talk to the police. They will say, for example, “I only had a couple” or “I didn’t drink that many”, but what happens then is that statement “I only had a couple” comes into trial is they admitted to drinking.

It gets subtly shifted and it ends up hurting them. The best thing to do, just like in a criminal case, is just not make any statements without talking to an attorney.

Pleading Guilty Is Not The Best Approach Because You Always Want To Take The Chance To Try To Get A Better Resolution. There Are Many Cases Where You Can Work Out A Reduced Charge, Or Some Lower Punishment.

One Common Resolution To A Case, If It Is A First DUI With No Prior Criminal History, An Attorney Can Have It Reduced To Reckless Operation Or Called A Physical Control Which Is Being In Physical Control Of The Vehicle Under The Influence But Not Actually Driving Which Is No Points On Your License. It Is Not A Moving Violation And It Does Not Affect Insurance The Same Way. It Has A Much Better Result Than A Straight OVI. So You Always Want To At Least Take A Chance To Pursue Those Opportunities.

How Can An Attorney Help In Defending A DUI/OVI Case In Ohio?

The most common one is successive OVIs. Every OVI a person gets is added onto the last one. There is enhanced penalties for multiple OVIs within six years, also multiple OVIs within twenty years and at some point there are enhanced penalties for getting several OVIs in your lifetime.

They get more and more serious under the law, and even with an individual judge if you see that you are getting more OVIs, he is likely to give you a stiffer sentence than the minimum required by law.

Yes they can. There are a couple of basic ovis, one is for having a blood alcohol level below 0.08 or 0.17 and that is determined by a chemical test. If an officer believes that the person is impaired even without that reading, he can charge them with an ovi even if they blew a 0.06 or 0.05 just because he says they are impaired, even though that is a lower limit.

As mentioned earlier, alcohol affects everybody differently, some people may have a low level and feel it more, and some people may have a high level and think that they’re fine. So yes, there are spots where they will get an ovi with less than 0.08.

Do I have a case?

The most common method for testing BAC is a breathalyzer machine, many of which pose significant reliability problems. As an Ohio DUI defense attorney, Matthew Bangerter handles all matters related to the defense of your drunk driving charge, including challenging the reliability of breathalyzer equipment used, appearing in criminal court as your advocate, and negotiating with the prosecution to obtain a reduced sentence. As a skilled Ohio DUI attorney, Matthew Bangerter understands the Ohio drunk driving laws and he will strive to obtain a dismissal or reduction of charges against you, as well as the minimum available penalty. He understands that maintaining your driving privileges is of the utmost importance so he will seek to minimize or avoid any suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.

Ohio DUI Penalties

Ohio has some of the strictest penalties for DUI/OVI in the country. Penalties for DUI/OVI can be severe, even for a first offense. If convicted, you could face license suspension, hefty fines, vehicle disablement, required OVI offender license plates, ignition interlock, and mandatory jail time. If you test over the legal limit or fail to submit to a breath alcohol test you face a mandatory minimum Administrative License Suspension (ALS) unless you correctly appeal the suspension.

Aside from court-mandated penalties, your insurance premiums will likely increase and drunk driving charges can do significant harm to your reputation. Court-imposed driving limitations may also impact your ability to get to and from work as well.

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