First-Time Arrests And Convictions
The first time you are arrested is often a scary experience, and there is often a feeling of complete loss of control. You may not understand what is happening, what you are being told, or where you are going. Even if the arrest was due to a misunderstanding of the law or an honest mistake, the law is unlikely to consider these reasons in a conviction. This is often true regardless of whether the arrest was for a felony or misdemeanor or a first-time or repeat offense.
The outcome of a first-time arrest can significantly impact your future. Depending on the charge or conviction, you can be at risk of having a haunting criminal record, loss of constitutional rights, and long-term consequences for employment, housing, and education. These consequences can be devastating, but our team at Joslyn Criminal Defense Law Firm has helped clients throughout Ohio completely avoid or reduce them.
If your case does not proceed to a trial, and it likely will not, a first-time offense can be used as a negotiating tool with a prosecutor. Because criminal defense is our specialty, we have successfully dismissed first-time offenses or reduced their sentences.
Another option may exist for your first-time offense. The First Time Offender Program, operated by the Franklin County Prosecution Diversion Unit, allows some first-time offenses to avoid prosecution. Rather than prosecute, an individual is “diverted” into the program after the initial hearing. Several officers guide individuals in the program. When completed, the charges can be dismissed. The program is selective, and not all offenses can qualify. Upon reviewing your case, one of our criminal defense attorneys can discuss whether this program could be right for you.
Columbus, Ohio First-Time Offender Attorney
Brian Joslyn understands what you are feeling and is committed to fighting for the rights of first-time offenders. Joslyn was once arrested for an offense that he did not commit, an experience that led him to open his firm and serve clients with similar experiences. Joslyn and his team of criminal defense attorneys will advocate for you and work hard to reduce the outcome or completely dismiss the charges.
Joslyn Criminal Defense Law Firm represents clients throughout the state, including Franklin County, Montgomery County, Miami County, Clark County, and Greene County. Call Joslyn Criminal Defense Law Firm today at (513) 399-6289 to set up your free consultation and review of your case. You do not need to face the court alone.