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Do You Need Effective Counsel from a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Cleveland, Ohio?

If you've been charged with a crime in the state of Ohio, you should exercise your right to an attorney and call HMW Law as soon as possible. Criminal defense matters are serious and have the potential to affect you for years. A mark on your criminal record can make it difficult to get a job, find a place to live, or qualify for government benefits. Also, an accusation alone can ruin your reputation and impact your personal, professional, and community relationships, as many people may see the allegation as a presumption of guilt. Having a skilled Cleveland criminal law attorney guide you through the complexities of your case can help as you work toward clearing your good name and avoiding harsh conviction penalties.

Our Cleveland criminal defense attorneys have decades of combined experience and have built solid relationships with judges, prosecutors, and others working within the criminal justice field. We are a nationally recognized firm that can use our resources and knowledge to seek an optimal result on your behalf. We recognize the personal nature of a criminal matter and the ramifications a guilty verdict can have on your life. As such, we will employ a creative approach, working directly and continually communicating with you to develop a defense tailored to your unique needs.

How Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer from HMW Help Me?

A criminal defense lawyer from our firm can provide essential support and guidance if you're accused of a crime. They have comprehensive knowledge of the legal system and can help build a strong defense strategy tailored to your case. Common defense strategies may include arguing that the evidence was obtained illegally, asserting an alibi, or challenging the credibility of witnesses. In some cases, they might argue for reduced charges or negotiate plea bargains. Importantly, all communication between you and your attorney is protected by attorney-client privilege. This means that anything you discuss with your lawyer is strictly confidential and cannot be disclosed without your consent. This allows you to be completely honest with your attorney so they can best represent your interests.

We are ready to fight your Cleveland criminal charge. To get started with your case, call our criminal defense attorneys in Cleveland, Ohio at (216) 220-6776 or contact us online today.

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Handling a Wide Range of Criminal Charges

At HMW Law, our team consists of trial-tested lawyers who have handled thousands of cases. Our Cleveland criminal defense lawyers have taken on complex matters and have challenged allegations brought by formidable opponents. With a passion for winning, we know what it takes to get results. We have prevailed in numerous cases, achieving favorable results for past clients, including dismissals, acquittals, and reversals. And while we know previous successes do not guarantee future results, we can work hard for you and do what is necessary for your case.

Our Cleveland criminal lawyers provide effective counsel for various types of criminal cases, including:

Thus, no matter the charge you're facing in Ohio, you can be sure that our Cleveland criminal defense attorneys can help you through it.

Personalized Attention Throughout Your Case

At HMW Law, we truly care about the people we help and do everything in our legal power to seek results. When you turn to us, you will work directly with one of our lawyers who will take the time to learn every aspect of your case. If you have a question or concern, you can be sure that we will respond promptly. In fact, we utilize an innovative organizational system that allows us to communicate faster and better with our clients. And because we'll be available 24/7, you can rest assured knowing that you can reach us when you need us.

Contact Our Cleveland Criminal Law Attorneys Today

Throughout your case, our Cleveland criminal attorney will stand shoulder to shoulder with you. We'll clearly explain the charges you're facing, your legal options, and potential outcomes. Additionally, because what happens at every step of your case affects you, we will never try to force you to choose an easy resolution that may not benefit you in the long run. Our Cleveland criminal defense lawyers can ensure you understand the various avenues you can take and what each means. This way, you can make well-informed decisions about how your case moves forward.

Schedule your free initial consultation by contacting our Cleveland criminal defense attorneys at (216) 220-6776.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are my rights if I am accused of a crime?

If you are accused of a crime, you have several rights protected under the U.S. Constitution. First and foremost, you have the right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment to avoid self-incrimination. You also have the right to an attorney under the Sixth Amendment. If you cannot afford one, a public defender will be appointed for you, but it is generally recommended by prosecutors and the court to hire a criminal defense attorney if possible. Additionally, you have the right to a fair and speedy trial by an impartial jury, as well as the right to confront witnesses against you and to present your own witnesses in your defense. Lastly, under the Eighth Amendment, you are protected from excessive bail and cruel or unusual punishment. It is important to remember that these rights apply regardless of your guilt or innocence, and it is always advisable to consult with an attorney if you are accused of a criminal offense.

What should I do if I am questioned by the police?

If you are questioned by the police, it's essential to remember your important rights. You have the right to remain silent and you don't have to answer any questions beyond providing your basic identifying information. If the police ask you anything else, you can politely decline to answer until you've consulted with an attorney. You also have the right to request an attorney at any time. Even if you believe you have nothing to hide, it's generally in your best interest to have legal counsel present during any questioning to ensure your rights are protected.

What should I do if I am arrested?

If you are arrested, it's important to remain calm and cooperative. Do not resist arrest as this can lead to additional charges. You have the right to remain silent and you should exercise this right to avoid self-incrimination. Ask for an attorney before answering any questions from law enforcement. Avoid discussing your case with anyone except your lawyer. Remember, anything you say can be used against you in court. It's also crucial to contact a trusted friend or family member who can inform others about your arrest and help arrange for legal representation if needed.

What rights do you have following an arrest?

Immediately after being arrested for any type of offense, you have the right to remain silent. You are not required to give a statement to police officers or any other individuals on scene, despite what they may try to tell you. Keeping quiet is absolutely essential to the success of your case, as anything you say can and will be used against you. Be wary of deceptive or aggressive questioning tactics used by law enforcement to attempt to get you to claim guilt. Call an attorney as soon as possible after your arrest. They can speak on your behalf and help to make sure you do not say anything that could be accidentally incriminating.

When should I hire a criminal defense lawyer?

You should consider hiring a criminal defense lawyer as soon as you learn you're under investigation or immediately after being arrested. Prompt legal representation can make a significant difference in your case, whether you are accused of a misdemeanor, felony, or federal crime. A lawyer can guide you during police questioning, ensuring your rights are protected and helping you avoid self-incrimination. They can also start gathering evidence, identifying potential witnesses, and developing a defense strategy early on. Even if formal charges haven't been filed yet, a lawyer can attempt to have charges reduced or even dismissed.

What will it cost to hire an attorney?

The cost can vary, depending on the type of charges you are facing as well as the time required to fully investigate and prepare your case. At our Cleveland criminal defense firm, we seek to provide comprehensive and relentless representation at a reasonable rate. Offering a free initial case evaluation, it will cost you nothing to inquire with us about your situation. We are ready to speak with you right away – available 24/7.

How do I choose the right criminal defense lawyer for my case?

Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer requires careful consideration. Start by looking for a lawyer who has worked on your specific type of case before and has a successful track record in handling similar cases. Check their reputation in the legal community and read reviews from past clients to gauge their performance. Schedule a consultation to discuss your case and see if you feel comfortable with their approach and communication style. Ask about their fees and make sure they are transparent about costs. It's also important to consider their availability — you want a lawyer who will be responsive and dedicated to your case.

Can HMW represent me if I am charged with a federal crime?

Our law firm is equipped to protect your rights in a variety of legal cases, including those involving federal crimes. From drug crimes to construction fraud to embezzlement, you can trust us to stand up for you when other law firms might not have the experience, resources, or time to do it.

How long does the criminal defense process typically take?

The duration of the criminal defense process can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the case, jurisdiction, and a variety of other factors. For less complex cases, the process might take only a few weeks or months because you have the right to a speedy trial. However, for more serious or complex cases, it can easily take a year or more. This timeline can include various stages such as arrest, bail hearings, arraignment, pretrial motions, plea negotiations, trial, and sentencing. Each stage can be time-consuming and there may be delays due to court scheduling, ongoing investigations, or legal maneuvering. It's important to remember that while the process may seem slow, each phase is critical to ensuring a fair trial and providing your defense attorney with the opportunity to build the strongest possible case.

Will I have to go to trial, or can my lawyer negotiate a plea bargain?

Whether you must go to trial or can negotiate a plea bargain largely depends on the specifics of your case and the strategy of your criminal defense lawyer. Lawyers can sometimes negotiate plea bargains with the prosecution, which can result in reduced charges or lesser sentences in exchange for a guilty plea. This can be beneficial in cases where the evidence against you is strong, as it guarantees a certain outcome and avoids the risk and uncertainty of a trial. However, if your lawyer believes that they can effectively challenge the evidence or that you have a strong chance of being acquitted, they may advise going to trial. The decision ultimately lies with you after discussing all options with your lawyer.

Will you have to spend any time in jail?

The answer to this question varies upon a number of circumstances. Certain criminal offenses carry different penalties; however, more serious charges may include jail or prison time as a potential consequence. In some cases, you may be put on a period of probation rather than being incarcerated. With the appropriate Cleveland criminal defense attorney, your rights and freedoms may be protected, keeping you from spending any time in jail at all. Allow our team to meet with you and discuss the specifics of your charges; we may even be able to get your charges dismissed entirely, allowing you to walk away without any serious penalties.

Why work with HMW Law?

Our firm is one of the most reputable criminal and OVI law firms in the entire state of Ohio. With 75+ years of combined legal experience and a history of success obtaining positive verdicts, there is no criminal case too complex for our team to handle. Superb rated on Avvo, listed in the nation’s top 1% by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, and named as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers Association, our accolades speak for themselves. We stop at nothing to protect our clients’ rights and freedoms.

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Case Results

Your Win Is Our Win
  • Violent Crimes Involuntary Manslaughter - Not Guilty
  • Sex Crimes Multiple Counts of Disseminating Child Pornography - Reduced to Probation
  • Drug Crimes Drug Trafficking - Dismissed
  • Violent Crimes Assaulting a Police Officer - Not Guilty
  • OVI Fourth OVI - Case Dismissed
  • Sex Crimes Rape & Sexual Assault Charges – Dismissed
  • Violent Crimes Violent Assault - Not Guilty
  • Domestic Violence Domestic Violence - Dismissed
  • OVI OVI Charge - Not Guilty
  • Theft Crimes Burglary, Aggravated Theft - Not Guilty

The Team HMW Difference

What Sets Our Team Apart?
  • Unmatched Work Ethic

    Team HMW works harder than the competition. Period. You will not find another firm who works harder for you, your case, and your family.

  • Efficient Communication with Our Clients

    At our firm, you will never feel like just a case number. Team HMW is committed to keeping you informed through every step of the legal process.

  • Passion for Our Work & Clients

    Team HMW's number one priority is YOU. Our clients and their families are what drive us to push towards the best possible outcome. Your goals are our goals.

  • Team-Oriented Approach

    Team HMW approaches each case we take on as a team. This provides our clients with the benefit of not just one attorney, but an entire team who can help strategize on their case.

  • Decades of Combined Experience

    There really is no substitute for experience and Team HMW brings a vast array of experience to each case they handle.

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Trying to navigate the legal system can be overwhelming, and attempting to defend your innocence when you're facing a prosecutor who has years of experience can be intimidating. But when you choose Henderson & Weatherly, you won't have to go it alone. We'll be right beside you every step of the way, providing the one-on-one legal attention you need.

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