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Luftman, Heck & Associates, LLP
Benjamin Luftman

580 E Rich St
Columbus OH 43215
(800) 542-5384

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The law firm of Luftman, Heck & Associates provides aggressive and professional legal representation to each of its clients. We offer the quality of sophisticated litigation services found in larger firms, but without costly overhead, higher fees and conflicts.

The law firm that would become Luftman, Heck & Associates, LLP, was formed in December 2003 by Benjamin L. Luftman and Jeremiah E. Heck. Recent graduates of Capital University Law School in Columbus, OH, Mr. Luftman and Mr. Heck decided to take the step of starting their own law firm. Through meticulous preparation and an intense desire to distinguish themselves from others in the field of law, Mr. Luftman and Mr. Heck began their legal careers.

Since 2003 the law firm has expanded significantly in the scope of legal services provided, size and office locations. Aside from Mr. Luftman and Mr. Heck, associate attorneys Bryan C. Barch, David B. Schulz, Scott C. Florin, Daniel J. Sabol, Chase Mallory, Michelle Pierro, Joseph Auciello and Scott M. Grace currently are employed by the law firm, as well as over thirty paralegals and staff members.

Luftman, Heck & Associates, LLP is a full service law firm. Mr. Luftman focuses his practice in the areas of criminal defense and traffic violations, particularly DUI/OVI defense work. Mr. Heck focuses his practice in the areas of consumer law, real estate law, employment law, and personal injury. Mr. Schultz’s practice areas consist primarily of estate planning, advising closely held corporations, general civil litigation, and landlord-tenant law. Mr. Florin’s primary practice areas include consumers’ rights cases including violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Mr. Barch focuses his practice in the areas of family law and representing consumers in Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcies. Finally, Mr. Grace’s practice areas consist of consumer law, debtor rights and criminal defense.

Luftman, Heck & Associates is unique in that it is one of only a handful of law firms in the State of Ohio and California that practices in the area of debt negotiation in addition to its bankruptcy services. Under the guidance of Mr. Heck, this division of the law firm works diligently on behalf of clients to help them navigate through what undoubtedly is an emotionally trying period of their lives.

 

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Attorney Profile

Ben Luftman

A partner at Luftman, Heck and Associates, LLP, Mr. Luftman's practice focuses in the areas of criminal defense and traffic violations, particularly OVI/DUI defense. Mr. Luftman regularly speaks about OVI/DUI law at Certified Driver Intervention programs throughout central Ohio.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

ADMISSIONS

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

EDUCATION

CLASSES/SEMINARS TAUGHT

  • OVI/DUI Law, Dublin Counseling Center Certified Driver Intervention Program
  • OVI/DUI Law, Mount Carmel Certified Driver Intervention Program
  • OVI/DUI Law, Parkside Behavioral Healthcare Certified Driver Intervention Program
  • OVI/DUI Law, Wellness Group Certified Driver Intervention Program

 

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Luftman, Heck & Associates offers legal representation across a comprehensive range of practice areas including Criminal Defense, DUI & Traffic Defense, Consumer Law, Family Law, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Estate Planning and Small Business Services for individuals and families. Although we’re a small law firm, we practice at the highest level of the legal profession and defend complex cases of all sizes.

We are fully dedicated to helping clients get their cases resolved and realize their objectives when facing legal trouble. Our attorneys are ready to listen to you, learn about your situation, and use their creative problem-solving skills, practical knowledge and determination to defend and protect your interests.

 

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Our Addresses

Columbus Office

Luftman, Heck & Associates, LLP
580 East Rich Street
Columbus, OH 43215-5335

Cleveland Office

Luftman, Heck & Associates, LLP
600 Superior Ave E, Ste 1300
Cleveland, OH 44114-2654

Cincinnati Office

Luftman, Heck & Associates, LLP
810 Sycamore Street, Floor 3
Cincinnati, OH 45202-2180

San Diego Office

Luftman, Heck & Associates, LLP
501 West Broadway Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92101-3546

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Ben Luftman

 

Attorney Profile

Ben Luftman

A partner at Luftman, Heck and Associates, LLP, Mr. Luftman's practice focuses in the areas of criminal defense and traffic violations, particularly OVI/DUI defense. Mr. Luftman regularly speaks about OVI/DUI law at Certified Driver Intervention programs throughout central Ohio.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

ADMISSIONS

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

EDUCATION

CLASSES/SEMINARS TAUGHT

  • OVI/DUI Law, Dublin Counseling Center Certified Driver Intervention Program
  • OVI/DUI Law, Mount Carmel Certified Driver Intervention Program
  • OVI/DUI Law, Parkside Behavioral Healthcare Certified Driver Intervention Program
  • OVI/DUI Law, Wellness Group Certified Driver Intervention Program

 

 CALL BENJAMIN LUFTMAN FOR YOUR FREE EVALUATION NOW!

Call 800-542-5384

Overview of Criminal Defense in Ohio

Overview of Criminal Defense in Ohio

In the state of Ohio, criminal charges have serious consequences including probation, imprisonment, sizable fines and/or a permanent criminal record. If you or a loved one is facing a potential criminal conviction, you need an Ohio criminal defense attorney to help protect your rights and your reputation.

The criminal defense attorneys at Luftman, Heck & Associates in Columbus and Cincinnati Ohio aggressively represent clients facing criminal charges of all types including:

  • Breaking and Entering
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct
  • Drug Offenses
  • Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Drunk Driving / DUI / OVI
  • Arson
  • Homicide (including Murder or Negligent Homicide)
  • Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Weapon Charges
  • Fraud
  • Child Pornography
  • Kidnapping
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery and Counterfeiting
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Illegal Gambling
  • Larceny
  • Auto Theft
  • Robbery
  • Trespass
  • Fleeing and Eluding the Law
  • Theft
  • Passing Bad Checks
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Underage Alcohol Consumption / Possession
  • Additional Misdemeanors and Felonies

Whether you require assistance negotiating a reduced charge or representation at a trial before a jury, an experienced criminal defense attorney from Luftman, Heck & Associates will work diligently on your behalf, treat you with respect, and go above and beyond to preserve your rights as a defendant in the state of Ohio.

Contact us online today to learn more about our criminal defense services.

Drug Offenses

Drug Offenses in Ohio

Due to the “War on Drugs” declared by state and federal law enforcement agencies, many serious drug offenses in Ohio carry a penalty of mandatory prison time. In addition, prosecutors in Ohio are looking for an increase in punishment terms for individuals found guilty of drug crimes. The difference between a guilty and non-guilty finding for a drug charge can often be directly attributed to the quality of defense an individual receives throughout the judicial process.

The attorneys at Luftman, Heck and Associates in Ohio offer extensive experience representing clients on a wide range of drug charges. From minor drug offenses such as possession of the smallest amount of marijuana to major narcotic cases that include complexities like DEA wiretapping, the firm ensures that the best possible outcome is always received for our client.

Examples of drug offenses Luftman, Heck and Associates in Ohio represents include:

  • Manufacture and cultivation;
  • Possession for personal use;
  • Possession for sale;
  • Transportation and distribution;
  • Violent drug crimes;
  • Racketeering;
  • Smuggling; and
  • Interstate drug transport.

The Luftman, Heck and Associates Advantage

We at Luftman, Heck and Associates ensure that you will receive the fair trial that you deserve. We make certain that the entire process – from when charges are filed to how final outcomes are delivered – is done legally and adheres to your constitutional rights. All of our clients’ cases receive a thorough examination as to how the evidence was obtained, and from there continue to monitor the entire judicial process. There are many ways a case can be dismissed due to illegal steps made on the behalf of others, including:

  • Fourth Amendment violations;
  • Warrants issued without probable cause;
  • Wiretapping and other illegal surveillance;
  • Miranda Rights warnings omitted, abridged or defied by police and prosecutors;
  • Possession of “drug paraphernalia” as evidence of a crime;
  • Statements and evidence illegally obtained, or improperly allowed at trial; and
  • Findings delivered as a result of canine searches (drug-sniffing dogs).

Get Started Today

If you or a loved one are in need of criminal defense representation in Columbus or Cincinnati, Ohio and are interested in learning more about Luftman, Heck and Associates LLP, please fill out a contact form. A member of our law firm will contact you directly to discuss your case in more detail and provide additional information about our drug defense services.

Weapons Charges

Weapons Charges in Ohio

A conviction on a weapons charge, even if jail time is not allotted as the penalty, can follow a person through the rest of his/her life. A prospective employer or landlord can legally block an individual from a job or place of employment due to a prior record, irrespective of what the penalty entailed. Quality legal defense can impact if an individual will face a misdemeanor or felony charge.

Luftman, Heck & Associates represents clients in Ohio arrested on weapons charges, including:

  • Carrying a concealed weapon;
  • Improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle;
  • Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon;
  • Possession of a weapon by a convicted felon; and
  • Firing or shooting an object into an occupied building.

Even if you are not facing jail time, a conviction on a weapons charge could have a negative effect on your life. Most employers do not want to hire an employee with a criminal record. Additionally, landlords may conduct criminal background checks of prospective renters; a conviction may affect your ability to rent an apartment.

It is essential that the Ohio prosecuting attorney understand who you really are, while providing evidence that shows you are much more than what your actions in the situation suggests.

If you are not guilty of the charge, our attorneys will raise all applicable defenses to counter the prosecutor’s case. There are a number of defenses which may be used in a weapons case, including self defense, false allegation, false identification, entrapment, and improper search and seizure of the weapon. In certain cases, the act you are charged with may not even be illegal.

Having an experienced attorney on your side in a weapons case can often make the difference between facing felony or misdemeanor charges, or whether any charges are filed at all. Remember, in some cases a defense must be raised during a specific time frame; as such, contact the Luftman, Heck & Associates law firm for an evaluation of your case today.

The Luftman, Heck and Associates Advantage

We at Luftman, Heck and Associates ensure that you will receive the fair trial that you deserve. We make certain that the entire process – from when charges are filed to how final outcomes are delivered – is done legally and adheres to your constitutional rights. A guilty finding for a weapons charge can impact an individual for the rest of their life when going for employment or a place of residence.

There are also many viable defenses for a weapons charge we take into consideration for you as a client, including:

  • Improper search and seizure of weapons
  • Weapon usage in self-defense circumstances;
  • Accidental firing of a weapon; and
  • Non-ownership of a weapon in possession.

Need A Criminal Defense Attorney in Ohio?

If you or a loved one are in need of criminal defense representation and are interested in learning more about Luftman, Heck and Associates LLP, please fill out a contact form. A member of our law firm will contact you directly to discuss your case in more detail and provide additional information about our services.

Assault and Domestic Violence

Assault and Domestic Violence Law in Ohio

Assault and Domestic Violence are two related crimes that usually occur at the same time, resulting in two separate charges filed against an individual. An assault involves the act of threatening to injure another person, and domestic violence specifically refers to the relationship between the involved parties.

Assault in the State of Ohio

In the state of Ohio, "assault" is defined as the following:
  • (A) No person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to another or to another’s unborn.
  • (B) No person shall recklessly cause serious physical harm to another or to another’s unborn.
  • (C) Whoever violates this section is guilty of assault.

Domestic Violence in the State of Ohio

In the state of Ohio, "domestic violence" is defined as the following:
  • (A) No person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to a family or household member.
  • (B) No person shall recklessly cause serious physical harm to a family or household member.
  • (C) No person, by threat of force, shall knowingly cause a family or household member to believe that the offender will cause imminent physical harm to the family or household member.
  • (D) Whoever violates this section is guilty of domestic violence.

Penalties for Assault and Domestic Violence in the State of Ohio

Both assault and domestic violence charges are considered very serious offenses in Ohio. Harsh penalties such as imprisonment, large fines, probation, and court ordered counseling and/or anger management are examples of penalties one will face with a guilty finding for Assault and Domestic Violence. As with many criminal charges that end in a guilty finding, one may also experience difficulty obtaining employment with a record that includes assault and domestic violence charges.

The Luftman, Heck and Associates Advantage

We at Luftman, Heck and Associates ensure that you will receive the fair trial that you deserve. We make certain that the entire process – from when charges are filed to how final outcomes are delivered – is done legally and adheres to your constitutional rights. We also understand the complexity of assault and domestic violence laws. There are a number of people falsely accused of domestic violence or assault, and fully explore all of the circumstances when we take on a new client. There are also viable defenses we consider in our cases, including:
  • Consent - When an alleged victim “consented” to the potential harm, such as a sports competition.
  • Acting to Prevent a Crime - In certain situations, the use of violence or force is permitted to prevent the occurrence of a crime.
  • Self Defense, Defense of Property, or Defense of Another - In certain situations, force may legally be used to prevent physical harm to oneself, another person, or to prevent the harming or taking of an individual’s property.

Need Representation?

If you or a loved one are in need of assault or criminal defense representation and are interested in learning more about Luftman, Heck and Associates LLP, please complete a contact form. A member of our law firm will contact you directly to discuss your case in more detail and provide additional information about our assault and domestic violence defense services in Ohio.

Criminal Sexual Conduct

Criminal Sexual Conduct in Ohio

Because criminal sexual conduct charges bring heavy penalties with a guilty finding in the state of Ohio, it is important that an individual receives quality, experienced legal defense to protect their rights.

We at Luftman, Heck and Associates represent clients facing all types of criminal sexual conduct charges. Our goal is to make certain that our clients receive a fair trial and the best outcome possible for the situation.

Examples of criminal sexual conduct charges we represent include:

  • Rape
  • Statutory Rape
  • Child Rape
  • Solicitation
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Lewd Acts
  • Sex crimes against children
  • Computer crimes

Penalties for criminal sexual conduct charges vary and is dependent upon the type of act conducted, the age of the victim involved, affiliation with the victim prior to the charge, among other things.

The Luftman, Heck and Associates Advantage

We at Luftman, Heck and Associates ensure that you will receive the fair trial that you deserve. We make certain that the entire process – from when charges are filed to how final outcomes are delivered – is done legally and adheres to your constitutional rights.

The attorneys at Luftman, Heck and Associates will provide you with a strong defense, regardless of the charge, that may be based on:

  • Mistaken identity – traumatized victims can misidentify suspects;
  • Entrapment;
  • Factual innocence, which involves false allegations being made against you;
  • Insufficient evidence; and
  • Improper arrest and/or prosecution.

Get A Criminal Defense Attorney On Your Side Today

If you or a loved one are in need of defense representation due to criminal sexual conduct charges and interested in learning more about Luftman, Heck and Associates LLP, please fill out a contact form. An attorney from our Columbus or Cincinnati, Ohio office will contact you directly to discuss your case in more detail and provide additional information about our services.

Who We Are and What We Do

Who We Are and What We Do

The law firm of Luftman, Heck & Associates provides aggressive and professional legal representation to each of its clients. We offer the quality of sophisticated litigation services found in larger firms, but without costly overhead, higher fees and conflicts.

The law firm that would become Luftman, Heck & Associates, LLP, was formed in December 2003 by Benjamin L. Luftman and Jeremiah E. Heck. Recent graduates of Capital University Law School in Columbus, OH, Mr. Luftman and Mr. Heck decided to take the step of starting their own law firm. Through meticulous preparation and an intense desire to distinguish themselves from others in the field of law, Mr. Luftman and Mr. Heck began their legal careers.

Since 2003 the law firm has expanded significantly in the scope of legal services provided, size and office locations. Aside from Mr. Luftman and Mr. Heck, associate attorneys Bryan C. Barch, David B. Schulz, Scott C. Florin, Daniel J. Sabol, Chase Mallory, Michelle Pierro, Joseph Auciello and Scott M. Grace currently are employed by the law firm, as well as over thirty paralegals and staff members.

Luftman, Heck & Associates, LLP is a full service law firm. Mr. Luftman focuses his practice in the areas of criminal defense and traffic violations, particularly DUI/OVI defense work. Mr. Heck focuses his practice in the areas of consumer law, real estate law, employment law, and personal injury. Mr. Schultz’s practice areas consist primarily of estate planning, advising closely held corporations, general civil litigation, and landlord-tenant law. Mr. Florin’s primary practice areas include consumers’ rights cases including violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Mr. Barch focuses his practice in the areas of family law and representing consumers in Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcies. Finally, Mr. Grace’s practice areas consist of consumer law, debtor rights and criminal defense.

Luftman, Heck & Associates is unique in that it is one of only a handful of law firms in the State of Ohio and California that practices in the area of debt negotiation in addition to its bankruptcy services. Under the guidance of Mr. Heck, this division of the law firm works diligently on behalf of clients to help them navigate through what undoubtedly is an emotionally trying period of their lives.


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