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Fighting Criminal Charges in Columbus

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Many who have been charged with a crime worry about how their future will be affected and have no idea where to turn. Regardless of the crime you have allegedly committed, you still deserve every possible aggressive legal defense effort on your behalf. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, our legal team is determined to provide you with the qualified legal representation you need to fight your charges.

Why Choose The Meranda Law Firm LTD?

As Columbus criminal defense lawyers, we can aggressively battle any number of damaging criminal charges, both misdemeanors and felonies, in the Columbus area. We have the skill and legal resources to take on cases in state, juvenile, and federal courtrooms and always strive to provide each client with the personalized attention and one-on-one service that they deserve in their criminal case.

Call now at (614) 707-4239 to speak with a lawyer from The Meranda Law Firm LTD!

What is a Defense Attorney?

A criminal defense attorney is an attorney that defends individuals who have been charged with a crime. The primary purpose of their role is to provide legal advice and representation to their clients, and ensure that their rights are protected throughout the entire process.

Criminal defense lawyers are responsible for developing strategies to defend clients against charges, negotiating plea deals with prosecutors, representing them in court hearings, filing motions and appeals on their behalf, as well as helping to prepare sentencing documents. In addition, they may also help victims seek compensation from those who caused them harm or injury.

By providing knowledgeable and experienced legal counsel to individuals facing criminal charges, criminal defense attorneys can help ensure a fair trial and increase the chances of obtaining a favorable outcome for their client.

Understanding Your Rights in a Criminal Case

When facing criminal charges, it's important to understand your rights and options. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys at The Meranda Law Firm LTD are dedicated to providing you with strong legal representation and ensuring that your rights are protected throughout the legal process.

Some of the rights you have in a criminal case include:

  • The right to remain silent
  • The right to legal representation
  • The right to a fair and speedy trial
  • The right to confront witnesses against you
  • The right to appeal a conviction

Our team will work tirelessly to build a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific case and fight for the best possible outcome. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help protect your rights in a criminal case.

Being charged with a criminal offense is a serious matter that requires the immediate attention of a legal advocate working on your behalf. The criminal justice system can be a cold and confusing mix of troubled waters that you need to navigate with the help of a professional. Having the help of skilled criminal defense attorneys in Columbus, Ohio on your side can make a world of difference in making sure your rights are fully protected and that your best interests are served. A strong legal team is critical to your efforts, beginning with the investigation of your case, pre-trial negotiations, defense efforts at trial, and even the appeals process. We can also help with expungement if you are interested in clearing your criminal record.

Accused or arrested? Send our firm an email and we will review your  case for free

Dedicated to Handling Criminal Cases

Finding the right attorney to handle your case can be difficult. There are many law firms out there, some of which use unethical tactics by claiming that they are "the best," or by guaranteeing not-guilty verdicts. With our firm, you will always receive honest, straightforward guidance that will help you make the right choices. We do not make false promises. Our lawyers fight for each of our clients and use our experience to seek the best possible result in every case we handle.

Our mission is to provide clients throughout the Columbus area with hard-hitting defense that will make a difference in their case and personalized service to give them peace of mind. Our criminal defense strategies are targeted to obtain dismissals of all charges whenever possible and even avoid trials in the first place; however, as aggressive litigators we are not afraid to go to court on behalf of our clients.

We have 15+ years of experience in every area of criminal law and can handle any case, such as:

If unmitigated, each of these offenses comes with serious penalties and long-term consequences. That is why our team is dedicated to doing everything possible to protect those who have been accused. Team up with The Meranda Law Firm LTD to ensure that you will have an aggressive Columbus criminal defense firm on your side in the most difficult legal circumstances.

Are You Facing DUI/OVI Charges?

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the more common charges in Columbus. That said, law enforcement takes a strong stand against these crimes since they can be so common. If you have been charged with DUI or OVI, you may feel as though your case is hopeless and that there is no way you can fight your charges. This is not true! There are many options available to you during this time.

Our team can work to challenge the evidence against you, getting it thrown out of court. For example, if there was an error in the administration of a field sobriety test or the police officer failed to interpret the results correctly, the case against you could be significantly weakened or destroyed. Because errors also in breath tests and blood tests so it is crucial that you have an advocate on your side who understands the science behind these tests and can use this knowledge to your advantage in court.

Certified in DWI Detection & Field Sobriety Testing

Attorney Zach Meranda is certified in DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, as well as Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Very few DUI lawyers have obtained this certification, setting our firm apart. With his firsthand knowledge of DWI detection and enforcement, Attorney Meranda has an edge when defending your case.

Appealing Criminal Convictions in Ohio

If you were already convicted of a crime, it does not mean that all hope is necessarily lost. By appealing the decision against you, you could defend yourself in a higher court. Many attorneys choose not to take on appeal cases due to their complexity, but our team understands that people are often falsely accused or treated unfairly by the justice system. We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of these people.

If you have found yourself in this situation, having a strong defense lawyer on your side could make all the difference in the outcome of your case. You should not have to be punished for a crime you did not commit and have years of your life taken away because you did not have a qualified criminal defense attorney handling you case. By talking to our team, you can learn exactly how we can help you.

Other Types of Criminal Cases 

Certain branches of criminal law issue tougher penalties than others. If accused of committing a sex crime, for example, you will not only be facing time in jail, but also a permanent place on the sex offender registry. This list is available to the public and contains the addresses and photographs of alleged offenders, as well as details regarding the crime they were convicted for.

Other crimes can result in heavy fines. White collar crimes, often committed in business environments, include counterfeiting, forgery, embezzlement, fraud, and more. No matter what situation you are facing, from kidnapping to probation violations to sex crimes, please do not hesitate to contact our team. We have the experience and training needed to handle the most difficult cases.

Protect Your Rights with Experienced Legal Representation

When facing criminal charges, it's crucial to have a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, our team is dedicated to protecting your rights and providing strong legal defense against a range of criminal charges. Whether you're facing DUI/OVI charges, drug offenses, assault, theft, or other criminal allegations, we have the expertise to guide you through the legal process and fight for the best possible outcome.

Benefits of working with our criminal defense team include:

  • Personalized and affordable representation
  • Extensive experience in handling criminal cases
  • Certification in DWI detection and field sobriety testing
  • Proven track record of successfully appealing criminal convictions in Ohio
  • Dedication to protecting your rights and securing the best possible outcome for your case

Don't face criminal charges alone – contact The Meranda Law Firm LTD today to schedule a consultation and discuss your legal options.

Get Affordable & Personal Representation

The Meranda Law Firm LTD is a criminal defense focused firm serving Columbus and Newark, Ohio. Our team of attorneys has helped numerous clients to successfully win their cases. We are committed to providing not only high quality legal care, but also representation that is affordable and personal. Our criminal defense attorneys in Columbus, Ohio will stay in close communication with you and will involve you actively in the decision making process.

Our firm will work towards the best possible resolution of your case, whether through skilled negotiation or tenacious litigation. We have bilingual attorneys and our flexible appointment schedule, including availability on nights and weekends, is tailored to meet your needs. 

Call us today at (614) 707-4239​ to find out how we can help you through this difficult time. For a free consultation, contact a Columbus criminal defense attorney at our firm as soon as possible.  

Hear From Our Happy Clients

Reviews & Testimonials

At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    “As stress free as it can be”
    A criminal case can be very stressful. The Meranda Law Firm can help you with this process. Zack is there to make sure that you get the best personal one on one help you can get. So you don't get pushed around in the system. Takes all the worry out of your case. Very down to earth guy. Easy to talk too. Without Zack I don't know where I would be right now. Thanks Zack; can't tell you how much I appreciate the help you gave me. If you are looking for a lawyer that can take the stress out of your case Zack is your guy
    - Jeff w
    “Great Representation”
    There are three reasons I recommend Zachuary Meranda if you are arrested for DUI. First off, he is a straight shooter. Never did he sugar coat my situation. Second, he handled everything while keeping me informed and walked me through everything as it progressed. Third, he got me the result- NO DUI!!! Thanks Zak!
    - Shane Dolen
    “Excellent job!”
    We are very appreciative of the efforts put forth by Zach Meranda. The outcome was positive and he made us feel secure in an out of control situation. Felt glad to have him defending us and having his common sense approach to our case. We would recommend his services to anyone in need.
    - Anonymous
    “I Highly Recommend The Meranda Law Firm”
    I couldn't have asked for a better attorney. I've had other attorneys and Zach is the only one that actually knew my case and put a lot of time and effort into making sure the outcome was good, which it definitely was. I really think he is one of the best attorneys & I highly recommend him to anyone that needs legal help.
    - Payton R
    “Great work!!”
    Zach Meranda was a real attorney with a no bull shit strategy!!! But he won my criminal case even when the odds were against me and I thank him and his associates!!
    - Pfeifer
    “Great Job”
    Zach did a great job representing me. He worked hard to take care of me in my case. If I ever need a lawyer again, I'll definitely give him a call first.
    - Rod
    “Great Attorney”
    Zach is a great attorney. He has represented me twice and both times I got positive results. If you need an attorney call The Meranda Law Firm, he's the best.
    - Frances Benson
    “An Attorney That Will Give You His All!”
    Zach is incredibly professional and will work as hard as he can for you, no matter how big or small your case is. He shows genuine concern and interest in his client and the situation. He is straight forward and honest. Zach was the third attorney on my case and the only one that actually took the time to become familiar with my case. He was not intimidated as my previous attorneys were and his competency resulted in my case ending in a very satisfying outcome.
    - Rylan Burrie

Have Questions?

We Have Answers!
  • What should I do if my child was arrested?
    No parent wants their child to have to go through an ordeal like being arrested. When these situations do occur, it can be difficult to determine what the best course of action would be. The juvenile justice system is different from the adult justice system and so it is important that you have a legal representative who understands the juvenile system and can help you get through this time. Whether your child has been accused of DUI, a drug crime, a misdemeanor, or a felony, you will be able to have peace of mind knowing that we are there helping you every step of the way.
  • Can I afford a criminal defense attorney?
    Another question you will have to consider when deciding which defense lawyer to handle your case is whether or not you can afford it. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, we want to be able to provide reasonable rates to our clients so that you can get the help you need. In order to give you an idea of how much it will be, we will meet with you in a free consultation and discuss what kind of fees you could expect.
  • How do I appeal my conviction?
    What should you do if you have already been convicted of a crime and have received your sentence? If you believe that justice was not served, your first step should be to contact our firm to see if we could help you appeal your case. Not every attorney takes on appeal cases they can be more complex and time-consuming than other cases. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, however, we are committed to fighting for the rights of our clients, no matter how difficult the case. If you want us to look over your case, please contact our team as soon as possible.

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