Don't Let A Misdemeanor Get In Your Way

When a client is charged in the Cleveland area with a misdemeanor crime such as operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI, sometimes referred to as DUI or DWI), we can help. At the office of Michael C. Hennenberg, our legal team takes a proactive approach and develops an immediate strategy with the client.

In addition to immediately demanding copies of the prosecutor's evidence, we believe the lawyer and client must develop a strategy and a case objective early on. A case without a strategy is like a sailboat without a rudder on Lake Erie, going wherever the wind takes it.

  • The accused and his or her counsel must select a defense strategy based not only on the facts of the case, but also an individual's objectives, strategy and personal history.
  • This may involve conducting an immediate investigation with retired law enforcement officers and experts, or may involve the client immediately entering a three-day driver intervention program ("DIP") or seeking drug addiction and/or alcohol counseling, all depending on the facts of the case and the client's objectives.
  • If an accident or personal injury or property damage resulted from the incident, those issues are usually integrated into the overall case strategy.

Suburban Cleveland DWI/DUI/OVI Attorneys

A misdemeanor is a state criminal offense charged in municipal courts throughout Ohio. First-degree misdemeanor offenses are punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 plus court costs. A person charged with a misdemeanor is entitled to a jury or bench trial, or the case may be resolved through a plea bargain, depending on the underlying facts of the case and an individual's objectives, strategy and personal history. Misdemeanor offenses in general are also probationable and in some cases may be eligible for pretrial diversion.

Ohio Misdemeanor Offense Classifications And Examples

  • Misdemeanors of the first degree (M-1), such as domestic violence, assault or theft (less than $1,000) carry a maximum sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 plus court costs. Misdemeanor offenses in general are probationable and in some cases may be eligible for pretrial diversion.
  • Misdemeanors of the second degree (M-2), such as possession of drug paraphernalia, carry a maximum sentence of up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $750 plus court costs. Misdemeanor offenses in general are probationable and in some cases may be eligible for pretrial diversion.
  • Misdemeanors of the third degree (M-3), such as criminal mischief, carry a maximum sentence of up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500 plus court costs. Misdemeanor offenses in general are probationable and in some cases may be eligible for pretrial diversion.
  • Misdemeanors of the fourth degree (M-4), such as criminal trespass, carry a maximum sentence of up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $250 plus court costs. Misdemeanor offenses in general are probationable and in some cases may be eligible for pretrial diversion.
  • Minor misdemeanors (MM), such as expired or unlawful license plates or possession of marijuana (less than 100 grams), carry a sentence of a fine of up to $150 plus court costs. For drug-related offenses, an individual may face driver's license suspension of six months to five years.

Experienced Team Defense Representation In Suburban Cleveland Municipal Courts

With more than 35 years of experience, attorneys Michael C. Hennenberg and Justin C. Withrow have practiced in the suburban Cleveland municipal courts, including but not limited to Lyndhurst, Shaker Heights, Willoughby, Garfield Heights, Rocky River, Mentor, Bedford, Painesville and various mayor's courts.

Our firm's objective of providing our clients with a zealous misdemeanor defense includes the development of a personalized defense for each client. A personalized defense may consist of work done within the office or may include a defense team approach using one or more independent experts, including private investigators, counselors, polygraphists, forensic accountants, computer experts and/or mental health professionals.

Contact A Cleveland Misdemeanor Defense Attorney Today

Contact the office of Michael C. Hennenberg in Cleveland, Ohio, for aggressive and personalized misdemeanor defense representation: 440-565-4214.

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