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Dan J. Weisenburger

121 East Main Street
Ravenna OH 44266
(330) 296-8000

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WEISENBURGER LAW OFFICES

Call: 330-296-8000

The only Board Certified Criminal Defense Specialist in Portage County, and in Stow. Handling cases in Ravenna, Kent, Akron and Stow Municipal courts, and in Portage and Summit felony courts.

Dan J. Weisenburger
Attorney at Law
 
Board Certified
Criminal Trial Specialist

Mr. Weisenburger received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University and his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. He was admitted to practice in Ohio in 1981.

His legal career began with 3 years service as a prosecutor in municipal court. He received his prosecutorial training in 1981 at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois.

Since leaving the prosecutor's office over twenty years ago, Mr. Weisenburger has continued to practice in the field of criminal litigation, acquiring a vast array of experience.

His practice exclusively consists of criminal defense, traffic and DUI law. His broad litigation experience ranges from minor traffic cases to the most serious felonies, including drug charges, murder, vehicular homicide and rape.

Mr. Weisenburger keeps up to date with the latest developments in the field through numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars on Criminal defense and DUI

The National Board of Trial Advocacy has certified Mr. Weisenburger as a Criminal Trial Specialist.

He is a Member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Whether your goal is to simply negotiate the best possible deal or to win at trial, Mr. Weisenburger is committed to helping you prevail.

Call: 330-296-8000

Dan J. Weisenburger


Attorney at Law
 
Board Certified
Criminal Trial Specialist

Mr. Weisenburger received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University and his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. He was admitted to practice in Ohio in 1981.

His legal career began with 3 years service as a prosecutor in municipal court. He received his prosecutorial training in 1981 at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois.

Since leaving the prosecutor's office over twenty years ago, Mr. Weisenburger has continued to practice in the field of criminal litigation, acquiring a vast array of experience.

His practice exclusively consists of criminal defense, traffic and DUI law. His broad litigation experience ranges from minor traffic cases to the most serious felonies, including drug charges, murder, vehicular homicide and rape.

Mr. Weisenburger keeps up to date with the latest developments in the field through numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars on Criminal defense and DUI

The National Board of Trial Advocacy has certified Mr. Weisenburger as a Criminal Trial Specialist.

He is a Member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Whether your goal is to simply negotiate the best possible deal or to win at trial, Mr. Weisenburger is committed to helping you prevail.

Ohio's Drug Offense Laws

A drug offense is a criminal offense usually related to the possession of an illegal drug or illegal drug paraphernalia.

In drug cases, the level of the offense can vary dramatically depending on several factors, such as the amount of the drugs involved, the type of drugs, and whether the defendant intended to sell drugs.

Penalties can range from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. So-called soft drugs, like marijuana, will often carry a lesser charge than so-called hard drugs, like cocaine or methamphetamines.

Drug cases nearly always involve complex search issues, which normally require analysis by an experienced attorney.

Drug offenses, other than minor misdemeanors, stay on your record permanently, and can have a drastic effect on future employment and eliminate some types of public benefits.

Nearly every drug offense in Ohio carries a mandatory suspension of your driver's license, even if no vehicle was involved. The suspension ranges from six months to three years.

Some drug charges may result in vehicle forfeitures.

If you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Portage County, Summit County or Medina County, or elsewhere in Northeast Ohio, contact Attorney Dan Weisenburger right now at 330-296-8000. Attorney Weisenburger routinely defends criminal charges in the following courts:

  • Portage County, Ohio: Ravenna Municipal Court, Kent Municipal Court, Portage County Court of Common Pleas, Portage County Juvenile Court.
  • Summit County, Ohio: Akron Municipal Court, Stow Municipal Court, Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
  • Medina County Ohio: Medina Municipal Court, Wadsworth Municipal Court, Medina Court of Common Pleas.
  • Trumbull County, Ohio: Newton Falls Municipal Court, Warren Municipal Court.

Stages of A Case

The arraignment is normally your first court appearance. It is sometimes done via video if you are in jail.

Most courts will have you watch a brief videotape, which will explain the potential penalties you are facing as well as your rights. It will also explain the various pleas that can be entered.

It is unwise to enter a plea of guilty (or no contest) at this time and throw yourself up on the mercy of the court without knowing what sentence the judge or magistrate will give you.

Your appearance before the judge will be brief. The judge will read the charges to you and ask you how you want to plead.

The judge may also address the issue of bond. The main concern of the judge is whether or not you will appear for future court appearances. Where you live, where you work and whether you have ever missed a court appearance in the past are factors the judge will consider.

After your arraignment, most courts schedule your case for a pretrial conference.

Generally, this is where your criminal defense lawyer resolves evidence issues and discusses the case with the prosecutor.

Sometimes this stage will be skipped and the case will be immediately set for Trial. This usually happens when you don't sign a time waiver.

Some cases then proceed to a Motion Hearing (such as a Motion to Suppress etc...), where evidence is challenged and other issues resolved.

Ultimately, the case may be set for a Trial, either to Judge or to Jury. In misdemeanor cases, a demand for jury trial must be timely filed to preserve that right. In felony cases, a jury trial is scheduled automatically.

Drug Offense FAQs

What should I do at arraignment?

The best course of action is to enter a plea of "not guilty", at least until you have a chance to talk to a criminal defense lawyer. Under no circumstances should you enter a plea of "guilty" or "no contest" without a thorough understanding of the ramifications. It is much wiser to plead "not guilty" and resolve the case later when the exact penalty has been negotiated.

What is the difference between a plea of "guilty" and a plea of "no contest"?

A plea of No Contest is the same as a plea of Guilty, except that it usually cannot be used against you in a civil trial for damages. A sentence for a plea of No Contest will be identical to a sentence for plea of Guilty.

Some judges will not accept No Contest pleas in felony cases.

Will I upset the judge by pleading "not guilty"?

No. Most judges respect the fact that people hire a lawyer to handle their criminal case, as it makes the entire process much smoother.

Defendants without lawyers and lawyers who are not very experienced in criminal defense tend to clog up the system to the dismay of the judges.

Ultimately, the case may be set for a Trial, either to Judge or to Jury. In felony cases, a jury trial is scheduled automatically.

How do I choose a lawyer?

Common sense prevails. Choose a criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience and whose practice focuses mainly – or exclusively - on the field of law you need help with. Check his/her credentials.

Make sure this attorney is also familiar with the court system and the courthouse you need to appear in. When your attorney knows the clerks, judges, the prosecutors and specific procedures in place in a courthouse, he is more likely to know how and when to approach them to get the best results.

Why should it matter whether my lawyer is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist, if I want my case to be resolved through a plea bargain?

Most criminal cases are resolved without going to Trial. Your chances of successfully resolving your case however are much greater when you are represented by a highly skilled trial lawyer who is known to be a tough opponent in the courtroom. If the prosecution knows that your criminal defense lawyer is inexperienced or lacks trial skills, they will be much more reluctant to negotiate a favorable solution.


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