Criminal Defense

Columbus Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Central Ohio

Criminal charges can result in serious consequences that include incarceration, probation, fines, license suspensions, and a permanent criminal record. In addition to the sentence imposed in court, a criminal conviction may have collateral consequences related to employment opportunities, professional licensing, firearm ownership, financial aid, and reputation. If you are being investigated for a criminal offense or have been charged with a crime in Columbus or central Ohio, the outcome of your situation can be improved by hiring a good criminal defense attorney. I am Shawn R. Dominy, I have practiced criminal defense in the greater Columbus, Ohio area since 1997, and I have helped hundreds of clients charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses.

The Role Of A Criminal Defense Lawyer

Part of my job as a criminal defense lawyer is to make sure the government plays by the rules in the investigation stage of a case and in the court process. Another way of looking at it: my role is to make sure that the court process is fair, and my client is not punished for committing a crime unless the government can prove my client's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. When I identify situations where the government has failed to play by the rules or where the evidence does not constitute proof beyond a reasonable doubt, I use those situations to the benefit of my client. Doing so, however, not only benefits my individual client, but also benefits the community as a whole by ensuring that we are all protected by the rule of law under the Constitution.

Criminal Cases In Columbus And Central Ohio

Not all criminal cases are the same. For example, a felony prescription drug offense will likely involve issues that are distinct from a misdemeanor shoplifting offense. In addition, a criminal case in one county, like Franklin County, may be treated differently than a criminal case in another county, such as Delaware County. I represent clients with all types of criminal charges in courts throughout central Ohio. Some things I do when I represent a client include:

  • Conduct a comprehensive investigation of the facts
  • Research legal issues
  • Move for the suppression of illegal evidence
  • Prepare for trial
  • Negotiate with the prosecuting attorney
  • Take the case to trial when appropriate
  • Prepare mitigation for sentencing when necessary
Criminal Defense Law Office With Convenient Location

My office is located at the intersection of Interstate 71 and Polaris Parkway in Columbus, Ohio. From this location, I represent clients in Franklin County, Delaware County, and other counties in the central Ohio area. My clients come from all walks of life in central Ohio communities, mostly from the suburbs of Columbus.

Representation For Criminal Offenses In Columbus And Central Ohio

I practice exclusively criminal defense, and I limit the number of cases I accept so I can provide outstanding service to my clients. If you would like more information about me, please see my profile. For more information about my practice, please see the firm overview. You can also see what clients say and review my past case results. My fees are on the high end of the fee scale due to my expertise, experience, and service. I charge flat fees, so you will know at the exact fee before you hire me, and my office accepts credit cards. If you would like to discuss how I can help with your situation, EMAIL ME or call me at 614-717-1177 to arrange a consultation. The initial consultation is free, but a retainer must be paid for me to begin representing you.