The Joslyn Law Firm is proud to be regarded as one of Ohio’s top criminal & DUI defense firms. Our firm’s managing lawyer, Brian Joslyn has been ranked by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys as one of the 10 best criminal defense lawyers in Ohio. Columbus CEO Magazine has elected Mr. Joslyn as a top criminal lawyer in Columbus. The National Trial Lawyers Association has nominated Mr. Joslyn as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in the country. We pride ourselves on our legal accomplishments and strive to lead our legal community to a higher standard of criminal representation.
We focus exclusively on criminal defense in Central Ohio, including Franklin County, Pickaway County, Madison County, Delaware County, Licking County and Fairfield County. Our recognized attorneys have represented all walks of life; students, white and blue collar professionals, professional sports stars, celebrities, police officers, FBI agents and even other criminal defense attorneys. Regardless of your background, profession or status, all of our clients receive the highest level of attention. We understand the stress and anxiety you are feeling from your criminal charge and we make it our business to provide the same level of passionate representation that we would for our own family members.
All criminal charges are serious. A conviction for any criminal offense can have devastating, lifelong effects on school enrollment, professional licenses, careers, finances, family and freedom. The worst mistake you can make is going it alone.
Do not think that if you plead guilty without an attorney, judges and prosecutors will give you a light sentence. The opposite is likely true. Hire a criminal law firm where the attorneys know the judges and prosecutors and know what needs to be argued to have your charges reduced or dismissed. Our lawyers have successfully handled thousands of criminal cases in federal, state, city, and mayors courts and routinely get charges dismissed.
Our goal from the beginning is to get your charged dismissed outright. We work with our clients and help identify every way to get the best possible results. That could mean negotiating with prosecutors to get deferred adjudication or vigorously making challenges to the constitutionality, veracity or sufficiency of the prosecutor’s evidence. We take an aggressive, proactive approach and look for every option to get you the best outcome. Call Columbus criminal defense lawyers that care about you and your future. Call Joslyn Law Firm.
With a stellar record of obtaining the best results for our clients and a well deserved reputation as a tenacious advocate for the criminally accused, the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys has selected Mr. Joslyn as a Top 10 Criminal Lawyer in Ohio. We are honored to be recognized as a top criminal attorney. The fact that many of our cases are referred to us from other attorneys and previous clients shows the reputation we’ve built.
With thousands of lawyers in the region, it can be difficult to find the right attorney to defend your criminal charge. Making the wrong choice could be the difference between your freedom and being behind bars. Rest easy knowing Mr. Joslyn has extensive criminal defense experience and is very familiar with our local courts, judges, prosecutors, probation officers and court personnel. It’s because of this experience that Columbus CEO Magazine selected Brian as one of Central Ohio’s “Top Lawyers” in its seventh annual edition of attorney rankings in 2015.
Hands down, Brian Joslyn is the BEST lawyer in town. If you want a straightforward lawyer and real results, then look no further.Matthew
Brian Joslyn is highly intelligent, a man of true integrity and a lawyer who knows the law inside and out. He is an exceptionally experienced attorney who you want on your side.Anthony
The Joslyn Law Firm swiftly handled my case from start to finish, minimizing my stress and obtaining the best result possible. Their professionalism and knowledge of the law is top notch.Danny
There are several different kinds of courts in Central Ohio. The court your case will be heard in depends on the law you’re alleged to have broken, the severity of the offense, and where you’re accused of committing the crime. Federal courts are for any alleged violation of federal law. Courts of Common Pleas hear felonies, as well as juvenile matters. Municipal Courts and Mayor’s Courts hear misdemeanors. Additionally, there are specialty courts, like Veterans Courts and Drug Courts that hear specific types of cases.
One of the most important attributes your attorney should have is familiarity with these courts. Your lawyer should know each judge and each prosecutor and know what to expect from each. Judges have different opinions on different matters. For instance, while one judge might be willing to grant recognizance bond in a domestic violence case, a judge in the same court the next day may refuse to grant that kind of bond. At Joslyn Law Firm, we are proud to know the judges and prosecutors in Central Ohio courts. We know how they operate – knowledge that could make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.
Any criminal conviction can result in severe and often lifelong consequences. Ohio law gives a range of penalties for each offense that usually include a maximum (and sometimes minimum) period of time of incarceration and a range of fines, along with court costs. These penalties are, by themselves, crushing and difficult to bear. The statutory penalties are only the beginning, however. You could also lose your driver’s license or your right to carry a firearm. Apartments could refuse to rent to you. Banks could view you as unstable and refuse your loan. A school could turn down your application.
Your employer does not have to keep your job open for you while you spend time in jail or prison. Even if you aren’t incarcerated, they are usually within their rights to fire you just based on a conviction. With a criminal record, it can be much harder to get a job. If you’re a teacher, nurse or member of certain other professions, conviction for certain offenses can lead to disqualify you from getting a job in your field. The consequences of a criminal conviction are dire. Don’t take chances. Hire the best attorney to build the strongest defense.Franklin County Survivor Guide
|Ohio Felony Sequencing|
|Degree||Prison Time||Maximum Fine|
|First Degree||3–11 years||$20,000|
|Second Degree||2–8 years||$15,000|
|Third Degree||9–36 or 12–60 months||$10,000|
|Fourth Degree||6–18 months||$5,000|
|Fifth Degree||6–12 months||$2,500|
|Ohio Misdemeanor Sequencing|
|Degree||Jail Time||Maximum Fine|
|First Degree||Up to 180 days||$1,000|
|Second Degree||Up to 90 days||$750|
|Third Degree||Up to 60 days||$500|
|Fourth Degree||Up to 30 days||$250|