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When prosecutors to decide to file criminal charges in cases of alleged sexual offenses, they typically do so because of some combination of the strength of the evidence and the seriousness of the nature of the alleged crime. Other factors such as the character of the alleged victim and the criminal background of the alleged offender can also impact charging decisions, but prosecutors generally have a significant amount of legwork to complete before pursing sex crime cases.
Prosecutor offices throughout the Columbus area frequently have special units or sections that are dedicated to assisting with the investigation and handling of alleged sexual offenses. The evidence that is collected by special units can play a major role in a prosecutor’s willingness to reduce or dismiss criminal charges.
Were you arrested or do you believe that you are being investigated for any kind of alleged sex-related criminal offense in Central Ohio? Do not make any kind of statement to police officers or other authorities until you have contacted Joslyn Law Firm.
Columbus criminal defense attorney Brian Joslyn represents clients in and around Franklin County, including Hilliard, Whitehall, Worthington, Bexley, Dublin, Grove City, Gahanna, Upper Arlington, Westerville, Reynoldsburg, and many other surrounding areas. Call (614) 444-1900 today to schedule a free, confidential consultation that will let our lawyer review your case and help you understand all of your legal options.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office provides a wide array of services that range from investigation to trial to appeals in order to support local prosecutors. During the initial investigatory stages, the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) provides assistance at crime scenes.
BCI has three main divisions: The Identification Division serves as the central repository for all criminal records in Ohio and maintains fingerprints, photographs, and other information related to arrests within the state; the Investigation Division includes a Crime Scene Unit that contributes forensic equipment to local investigations, the Crimes Against Children Initiative that helps local authorities investigate and prosecute those who commit crimes against children, and a Polygraph Unit that administers polygraph tests suspects and witnesses; and the Laboratory Division that processes more than 200,000 pieces of evidence a year.
If a criminal case goes to trial, the Attorney General’s Office also has a Special Prosecutions Section that is comprised of experienced prosecutors who have backgrounds in handling complex cases such as child sex offenses. The Special Prosecutions Section can act, upon request of a local authority, as lead prosecutors where there might be a conflict of interest or assistant prosecutors in cases “where their specialized knowledge can be utilized or if there is a lack of local resources to effectively prosecute a case.”
The Criminal Division of the Office of the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney has multiple units that specialize in prosecuting particular kinds of crimes. The Special Victims Unit handles cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, and other offenses from indictment to conviction.
The Victim Witness Assistance Unit is comprised of assistance more commonly referred to as “victim advocates.” The unit assists alleged victims, witnesses, and the Assistant Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney assigned to criminal cases. Assistants provide various forms of support to the alleged victims of felony sex crimes.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine | Prosecution — Learn more about how the Ohio Attorney General’s Office supports prosecutors throughout the Buckeye State. In addition to the BCI and the Special Prosecutions Section, you can also find information about many other prosecution sections and divisions, including the Organized Crime Investigation Commission, the Appeals Section, and the Opinions Section. Elsewhere on the website, you can also learn about the Outside Counsel Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Ohio Attorney General
30 E. Broad St., 14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Criminal Division | Franklin County Prosecutor's Office — Visit this section of the website for the Office of the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney to learn more about the units that specialize in prosecuting particular types of offenses. In addition to the Special Victims Unit, you can also find information about the Appellate Unit, Criminal Nonsupport Unit, and Grand Jury Unit. You can also find a list of many of the duties of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit.
Franklin County Prosecutor's Office
373 S. High St., 14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
If you think that you could be under investigation or you were already arrested in Central Ohio for an alleged sexual offense, it is in your best interest to retain legal counsel before you say anything to authorities. Joslyn Law Firm fights to protect the rights of clients in communities throughout Licking County, Fairfield County, Franklin County, Union County, Pickaway County, Madison County, and Delaware County.
Brian Joslyn is a skilled criminal defense attorney in Columbus who the National Trial Lawyers Association nominated as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and Columbus CEO Magazine selected one of Central Ohio’s “Top Lawyers.” He will provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (614) 444-1900 or complete an online contact form to take advantage of a free consultation.