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Award-Winning Columbus Criminal and DUI Defense Attorney

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.

Nationally Recognized. Locally Respected.

Our criminal law expertise goes beyond the courtroom. When journalists need someone who knows about criminal law, whether on a Columbus issue or a national one, they turn to Brian Joslyn. Members of the media have even referred us many of our clients.

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Protecting You Like Our Own

When faced with a criminal law matter, you want an advocate in your corner who is going to protect you and your best interests with no question. At the Joslyn Law Firm we represent our clients as if we were representing our own family members. We fight for the results our clients expect and deserve.

When Reputation Matters

With a stellar record of obtaining the best results for our client and a well-deserved reputation as a tenacious advocate for the criminally accused, the American Institute of Legal Counsel has selected Mr. Joslyn as a 10 Best 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 attorney and previous client shows the reputation we've built.

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Our Mission, Visions, and Values

For every single client our attorneys give their all: All of our tenacity, all of our experience and all of our knowledge of Central Ohio courthouses. Brian D. Joslyn

Real Reviews by Real People

  • Hands down, Brian Joslyn is the BEST lawyer in town. If you want a straightforward lawyer and real results, then look no further.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Dedicated Trial Veterans

  • Work with Award Winning Lawyers
  • Selected as one of Ohio’s Best Criminal Attorneys by the NACDA
  • Voted Top 100 by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chosen by Columbus CEO magazine a Top Lawyer in Columbus
  • Former Franklin County Public Defender
  • Former Hamilton County Prosecutor
  • We have successfully represented thousands of clients
  • Nominated Top American Lawyer Association as Best American Lawyer
  • Nominated by clients for Avvo's Client's Choice Award

Proudly Respected Legal Organizations

  • Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region.
  • The Better Business Bureau (BBB), founded in 1912, is a private, nonprofit organization whose self-described mission is to focus on advancing marketplace trust.
  • Avvo.com is an online marketplace for legal services, that provides lawyer referrals and access to a database of legal information consisting primarily of previously answered questions.
  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is an American criminal defense organization.
  • The OACDL mission is to educate and promote research in the field of criminal defense law and the related areas.
  • DUIDLA was created to promote excellence in aggressively defending those charged with DUI or DWI related crimes across the United States.
  • The National College for DUI Defense is a professional, non-profit corporation dedicated to the improvement of the criminal defense bar.
  • NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers.
  • The National Police Accountability Project is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to ending law enforcement and detention officer abuse of authority.
  • The Federal Bar Association is the primary voluntary professional organization for private and government lawyers and judges practicing and sitting in federal courts in the United States.
  • The American Association for Justice is a nonprofit advocacy and lobbying organization for plaintiff's lawyers in the United States.

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What Sets Us Apart From Other Defense Attorneys


We exclusively practice criminal defense and focus on protecting the futures of our clients.

  • We’ve earned a reputation as top criminal lawyers because criminal defense is all we do.
  • Law is a vast field. By choosing attorneys that only focus on one area of law, you’re choosing someone whose skills are focused on that area.

We take the difficult criminal cases other Columbus attorneys shy away from.

  • We don’t cherry pick our cases like many other attorneys do. Many lawyers claim great results and achieve notoriety because they do not take on cases that truly require dedicated and skilled attorneys.
  • We don’t pass judgment on our clients. We will never turn against you.
  • People sometimes make mistakes. We are here to fix them with a non-judgmental approach.
  • We welcome the challenge of winning tough criminal cases.

We are well-acquainted with the Court and Court Personnel within Columbus.

  • Knowing what to expect from judges and prosecutors in your case can mean the world of difference in the results of your case.
  • We make it our business to be a part of the legal community and know the judges and prosecutors as well as possible.

We fight to get your criminal charges either reduced or dismissed.

  • Your freedom and your record mean everything to us.
  • We want what you want: This case gone.
  • If you need us immediately, we will be there. On most cases, we are hired over the phone and ready for court the very next day.

We prepare all cases for trial and develop a meticulous defense.

  • Our dedication is relentless, and our techniques on case investigation and trial preparation are meticulous.
  • We use the most experienced former police officers to investigate our cases.
  • You are not just hiring a lawyer. You are hiring a team that works together on your case to give you the best chance of winning.
  • We truly care about our clients.

We offer top notch criminal representation for reasonable attorneys’ fees.

  • We offer reasonable rates starting as low as $500.
  • We offer payment plans so you can get the defense you need.
  • We are available afterhours, weekends and most holidays.
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Ohio Courts

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.

All Criminal Charges Are Serious!

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.

Ohio Felony Sentencing
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 Sentencing
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
Minor Misdemeanor None $150

Client Satisfaction Is Our Priority

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