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Murder & Manslaughter

Murder Defense Lawyer in Columbus

Get an Aggressive Defense Against Your Charges

There are fewer criminal charges that can shake one's life as severely as the accusations of manslaughter or murder. You may be feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, fear, or confusion during this time, but the good news is that you are not alone. Knowing that your future and freedom are at stake, your first call should be to a Columbus criminal lawyer who is fully committed to protecting your rights and best interests.

You need the strongest defense possible when faced with such serious charges. Our firm was named to the list of Ohio & Kentucky Super Lawyers® Rising Stars™ and was awarded the Avvo Clients' Choice for 2012 in criminal defense law. This goes to show how hard we work on our client's behalf and how successful we have been in handling their criminal defense cases. We can contest your murder or manslaughter charges and work to secure the best outcome for your situation.

What penalties do I face for a conviction?

Murder is the most serious offense in Ohio, carrying the threat of the death penalty for offenders. Ensure you have the vigorous defense of a Columbus, OH criminal defense attorney by calling The Meranda Law Firm LTD as soon as possible. We know how to fight your charges!

For a murder conviction, the prosecution will need to prove one of the following:

  • You intentionally caused the death of another person;
  • While attempting to commit a violent felony, you cased another person's death; or
  • With a former record, you caused a death while committing any crime.

You can be charged with an elevated aggravated murder charge if it can be proved that:

  • You premeditated an act which would kill another person;
  • You caused a death while committing or attempting to commit a felony;
  • You caused the death of someone under 13 years of age; or
  • You intentionally killed a police officer in the line of duty.

Punishments for murder depend largely on the details of the case. A murder conviction typically carries anywhere from 15 years to life in prison with a $15,000 fine. Aggravated murder is punishable by a $25,000 fine and either a life sentence or the death penalty. Even attempted murder can put you behind bars for up to 11 years.

Get the Legal Defense You Need to Maintain Your Freedom

Regardless of what you may be accused of, you have the legal right to a strong defense and The Meranda Law Firm LTD is committed to providing that for clients just like you. Allow our team to aggressively advocate on your behalf and work to make sure your voice is heard in court. Your livelihood and future are at risk unless you take swift action to protect your name.

Contact a Columbus criminal defense attorney from our firm immediately to begin your defense. 


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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