Criminal Law

You have rights.  These rights need to be protected.  Whether it is a situation where you have been wrongfully accused of a crime, or one where there are wide ranges to explore as to how your case can be resolved, these rights are precious.  I am here to help you achieve the best possible results in your case.


Ohio classifies crimes under three levels; felonies, misdemeanors and minor misdemeanors.  Felonies are the most serious of the three levels.  They are dealt with in Common Pleas Court which is the term Ohio uses for its state courts.  Conviction of a felony can result in incarceration in a state penal institution, more commonly known as prison.  Penalties, if convicted can be far less severe, however, and can include or be limited to community control sanctions (probation).

It is vital to explore all options as part of your defense.  I am here to do that for you.  More times than not, there is some light to be found at the end of the tunnel.  Whether it is through trial of your case, reduction of your charge, or a lessening of your sentence, my office is prepared to pursue the best course available to give you the best result in your case.


Misdemeanors are less serious than felonies and are handled in Municipal Court which is the term Ohio uses for its city courts.  In some communities, Mayor’s Courts have been established to handle these offenses.  The maximum jail sentence for a misdemeanor is six months and the maximum fine for the most serious of misdemeanor’s is $1000. 

While not as serious as felonies, misdemeanors still require expert representation to navigate the best possible result.  Many courts have programs available which present attractive options for resolution of misdemeanor charges.  It is just as important to know and enforce your rights in misdemeanor matters as it is in felonies.  Taking these cases lightly can damage both your liberty and your finances and quality representation is necessary to provide you with the result you deserve.

Minor Misdemeanors

Minor misdemeanors are essentially, tickets.  They are not punishable by incarceration of any kind.  They do not count against one’s record as crimes.


Communities have become less and less tolerant of those charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Penalties have become increasingly severe, especially for those with multiple convictions.  It is extremely important to know your rights in a dui case from the moment you are stopped by police until the time your case is finally resolved.  The outcome of your case can be dramatically affected based on the knowledge and enforcement of these rights.  My office is here to make this task easier on you and assure the final outcome of your case is the best possible outcome you can achieve.

Representation Provided in all Courts: Federal, Common Pleas, Municipal and Appellate Courts

I will represent you vigorously, no matter what the charge and no matter what the court.  I have tried and will try cases in federal, state and municipal court.  Appeals will be handled by my office at all levels.

My office is dedicated to providing all of my clients the best possible defense in all criminal cases.  We are extremely sensitive to the level of anxiety which exists in these matters and the profound outcomes they can have on the rest of your life.  It is my absolute goal to obtain for you the best result that can be obtained.

Dean A. Colovas

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