FAQ: Criminal Defense

At L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC, our team of legal professionals is committed to helping people in Ohio overcome their criminal charges and obtain the justice they deserve. With more than 30 years of legal experience, our lawyers have handled numerous types of criminal defense cases including:

  • Assault
  • Drug Crimes
  • Federal Crimes
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Theft Crimes
  • Murder
  • Weapon Crimes

We know how scary it can be when you are facing the possibility of going to jail, which is why we are here to provide you with the legal advice and representation that you need to secure a positive outcome. Below, we answer some the questions that our clients tend to ask us when they have been charged with a criminal offense.

Q: What crimes are felonies in Ohio?

A: There are a number of crimes that are considered felonies in Ohio. This includes:

  • Murder
  • Aggravated Murder
  • Rape
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Abduction
  • Reckless Homicide
  • Robbery
  • Grand Theft
  • Vehicular Assault
  • Breaking & Entering

Q: Do I Have to Talk to Police if They Question Me?

A: If you are arrested, you can assert your right to remain silent. However, to invoke this right, you must clearly state that you are using your 5th Amendment right and choosing the option to stay quiet until you can consult with an attorney. Do not talk to the police until you have spoken with a legal professional.

Q: Do the police have to read me my Miranda rights?

A: Although the police are supposed to read your Miranda rights before questioning you, it doesn’t mean they can’t arrest you. If police don’t read you your Miranda rights, whatever you say to them during questioning will be inadmissible in court.

Q: Should I take a plea deal?

A: Every plea deal is different depending on the crime in question. Sometimes it is wise to take the offer, while other times it might benefit you to take your case to trial. A lawyer can evaluate the charges against you and determine if you should take the plea deal, or attempt to negotiate more with prosecutors.

Have you been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony? We can build a defense strategy to protect your rights. Speak to our Dayton criminal defense lawyers to schedule your free case evaluation today. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.