Criminal Defense

What to do When Facing a Criminal Charge

We have substantial experience in representing persons charged with a crime or about to be charged with a crime. If the police have contacted you and want you to come talk to them about something, unless you are a victim, red flags or warning lights should be flashing in your brain. Even if you are entirely innocent of any wrongdoing, before you do anything you should first contact an attorney from our office. We are available twenty-four (24) hours a day. We have an answering service that handles our calls after hours so if it is an emergency please do not hesitate to contact us. We have had great success through the years invoking our clients’ rights and preventing or avoiding criminal charges against our clients who have contacted us very early in the process. Do not wait until it is too late. You need to know your rights. You need to know a bunch of things. Every case is different depending on its unique set of facts. If you fail to take this advice and you go it alone, you are taking a great chance that could adversely affect your future and the rest of your life. So if the police are calling you or at your doorstep and wanting you to come down to the station to be interviewed and you are not under arrest what are you going to do? The choice you make at that point is crucial.

For those who have already been charged with a crime we can help. If your case has to be tried we have substantial jury trial experience in both criminal and civil matters. We are not afraid to take a case to trial. The ultimate decision on whether to go to trial rests with the client. We work for you. However, we will give you our opinion on what would be the best course of action with your case. We have handled cases for the State of Ohio when we were felony prosecutors with the Butler County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Richard Hyde worked as a felony prosecutor from November 1989 to December 31, 2000

At the time Mr. Hyde left the office in 2000 he was Chief of the Felony Division. Mr. Hyde personally prosecuted numerous murder cases and other very serious cases involving rape, robbery, burglary, arson, kidnapping etc. In fact, Mr. Hyde, in 1994, handled the very first case in Butler County whereby DNA evidence was admitted into evidence for the first time. Since leaving the office in December 2000, Mr. Hyde has handled numerous serious cases from the defense side including but not limited to, Aggravated Murder, Rape, Robbery, Trafficking in all types of illegal substances, Felonious Assault, etc . During the course of his career, Mr. Hyde has participated in well over one hundred and fifty (150) jury trials. John Holcomb also worked as a felony prosecutor in the Butler County Prosecuting

Attorney’s Office from November 1989 to December 31, 2000. As a felony prosecutor Mr. Holcomb handled the same type of serious cases as listed above. In fact, Mr. Holcomb participated in a case that resulted in a jury recommending death and where the death penalty was ordered in the case of State of Ohio v. Kenneth Smith. After leaving the prosecutor’s office in December of 2000, Mr. Holcomb has handle numerous serious cases as mentioned above and these cases have been in all courts all over the State of Ohio. Mr. Holcomb has also represented criminal defendants in Federal Court.

Most of the jury trials we participate in involve both Mr. Hyde and Mr. Holcomb. Therefore, the person who retains our firm gets the benefit of having two very talented trial lawyers with extensive experience working on their case. We subscribe to the proposition that “Two heads are better than one.”