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We Got Our Client Acquitted of Serious Charges


Our Client Faced a Serious Criminal Charge, So We Fought Back & Won.

When accused of two counts of making terroristic threats, which are third-degree felonies, who would you turn to for help? Back in June 2019, David Obrien Jr. was charged with this crime, and depended on our Columbus criminal defense attorney for help.

Spoiler alert: Our client was acquitted of all charges. So, what lead to this?

Our client called the Newark Division of Police’s record department on June 21, 2019, expressing concern about a water bill that his girlfriend allegedly ran up. Fran Heimerl, a public safety officer for the Newark Police, informed our client that his concern was a civil issue that the Newark police couldn’t do anything about. Angered by this response, our client reportedly said, “Maybe if I shoot up some officers, you'll do something about it."

As a result, our client showed up to the police station 15 minutes later appearing irritated and upset, and later was charged with two counts of making terroristic threats.

Ohio Laws on Terroristic Threats

Ohio laws require that no person make a threat with the purpose to do any of the following:

  • Intimidate or coerce a civilian population
  • Influence the policy of any government by intimidation or coercion
  • Affect the conduct of any government by the threat or by the specified offense.

If convicted of this third-degree felony, punishments will be a definite term or 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, or 36 months or 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54 or 60 months in prison as well as up to $10,000 fines.

Attorney Edward A. Itayim’s Role in Our Client’s Success

Our seasoned defense attorney did not let our client suffer at the hands of the State. Cases involving law enforcement agencies are complex, as officers have access to resources and tools that many people don’t. As a government agency, the Newark Police Department may seem like an intimidating party to stand up against.

But thanks to our fearless criminal defense lawyer, Edward Itayim, our client’s charges got acquitted and Obrien was able to move forward with his life. Attorney Edward Itayim examined every detail of the situation, gathered hard-hitting evidence and devised effective defense strategies that helped prove our client’s innocence.

During questioning, Edward was able to extract the information he needed from Heimerl. She testified that our client was rambling and acting erratically over the phone but hadn’t asked any qualifying questions at the time of the incident. Thus, we established that our client’s statement was a general statement rather than targeting a specific person.

In the end, our client walked away free from his criminal charges.

If you’re facing criminal accusations in Ohio, The Meranda Law Firm LTD knows what it takes to win. Thus, we encourage you to contact us at (614) 707-4239 to begin your fight for freedom. We are here to help!