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If you have been arrested for a traffic violation or a more serious criminal charge, you know how confusing and intimidating the justice system can be.  You also know that a conviction on  those charges can negatively affect your driving privileges, your job and even your freedom.

At a critical moment like this, it is extremely important that you select an attorney with a strong reputation and a history of winning. You need someone on your side who knows the law, knows the courtroom and knows how to protect your rights.

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With over 30 years of experience in Ohio law, the Law Offices of David A. Looney Co. LPA will represent you to minimize the consequences of your arrest, and we will keep you informed every step of the way.  Our attorneys successfully handle a wide range of criminal cases in the counties of Summit, Portage and Medina, Ohio. We vigorously defend clients charged with felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic offenses. Call the Ohio Law Offices of David A. Looney Co. LPA at (330) 785-3337 or contact us online for more information.

Felony Offenses

Felony offenses are the most serious of criminal offenses. A crime is classified as a felony if it has the potential of one or more years of prison confinement.   Felonies are classified from the most severe crime of 1st degree felony, to the least severe, or 5th degree felony.  Punishment can range from six months in prison and a $2,500 fine for a 5th degree offense to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for a 1st degree felony. Some examples of felonies include murder, rape, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, and various drug offenses.

Convicted felons lose many privileges and civil rights, including the right to vote, the right to hold a public office, and the right to bear arms.  Unfortunately, many employers, lenders and landlords will not accept applicants with felony convictions on their record, a fact that could impact your employment, where you live, and even your ability to get credit. 

Misdemeanor Offenses

Misdemeanor offenses are “lesser” criminal offenses that can be punished with monetary fines, community service, or certain types of sanctions such as house arrest or drug rehabilitation.  Misdemeanors can also result in prison time, although the sentences are less than a year.  In most cases, the maximum sentence for the most serious of misdemeanors is six months.

Misdemeanors do not typically result in the loss of civil rights, but a misdemeanor may result in the loss of privileges, such as professional licenses, public offices or public employment.  Misdemeanor offenses include domestic violence, theft, assault, and disorderly conduct.

Traffic Offenses

Traffic offenses include charges that can range from a simple speeding ticket to the more serious traffic offenses, such as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  It may seem easier to simply pay the fine and move on, but that decision can have a long-term impact on your driving record and on your insurance costs.  Driving offenses can result in points being assessed against your license, fines, suspension of driving privileges, and active prison time for the most serious traffic offenses, such as aggravated vehicular homicide.

Seek Legal Counsel Immediately

Don't risk the loss of your personal freedom or the loss of your driving privileges by attempting to go it alone in the criminal and traffic courts.  Serving clients in the Summit, Portage and Medina counties of Ohio, we are experienced, aggressive, equipped and prepared to fight for you.  Please call the Law Offices of David A. Looney Co. LPA at 330-724-5399, or save time by using our online Contact Form, for attorneys that are on your side.