Criminal Charges


Murder, Manslaughter and Homicide

A conviction for Aggravated Murder, Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter, Involuntary Manslaughter, Reckless Homicide or Aggravated Vehicular Homicide may well result in a lifetime behind bars in the Ohio penitentiary system.

A charge of Aggravated Murder may be a capital offense, carrying the death penalty under certain circumstances. Lesser offense such as Negligent Homicide, Vehicular Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide are misdemeanors under Ohio law, with the potential for local jail time.

Prosecuting attorneys will pursue these types of charges with a determined vengeance, for obvious reasons. In their eyes, the accused individual is always guilty, and they will endeavor to put that individual behind bars for as long as possible.

A Highly Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer is a Necessity

Only a lawyer who has extensive experience with murder charges, manslaughter charges and homicide charges will have any chance of securing the best possible outcome in these types of criminal cases.

Hesitating to hire a skilled criminal defense attorney in this type of matter can severely impact the outcome of the case. Hiring the wrong criminal defense lawyer will be disastrous. You will be doomed from the start. You will lose critical time that a criminal defense lawyer could use to secure valuable evidence, favorable testimony and crucial information that can to be used in the accused person’s defense. You must seek the best possible legal representation available immediately.

Murder, Manslaughter & Homicide Defense Strategy

Murder, Manslaughter and Homicide charges have to be challenged at the trial level. Once the defendant is convicted there is practically no hope in the appellate system:

“One of the most striking lessons I recall from the Death Penalty training I received years ago, is that ‘Your client is 98% dead if you lose at trial’. The ONLY shot you will ever get to overcome this type of charge will occur at the trial court level.” – Attorney Dan Weisenburger

Even worse, the harsh reality is that the overwhelming majority of criminal defense lawyers cannot handle the pressure of contesting a murder, manslaughter or homicide charge with a trial. If the prosecuting attorney senses fear in your defense lawyer, it is all but over.

The Stakes are Extremely High

Much is at stake when someone is facing charges of murder, manslaughter or homicide. A lawyer who takes on this kind of battle has to mount a relentless defense from the moment he is retained. Legal fees are always a major issue. Our law firm understands that relatives and friends of the accused individual may, out of necessity, need to pool resources in order to overcome that problem.

Criminal Defense Specialist Dan Weisenburger

Attorney Dan J. Weisenburger more than 30 years courtroom experience in the field of criminal law, including cases involving Aggravated Murder, Murder, Attempted Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter, Voluntary Manslaughter, and Vehicular Homicide. This includes many successful jury verdicts.

Attorney Weisenburger takes on criminal cases that others may think are seemingly hopeless. He understands what is at stake, as well as the life-altering implications a conviction of this nature can have on a person’s life.

As a Board Certified Criminal Defense Specialist, Attorney Weisenburger is fully committed to utilizing all available legal resources, thoroughly investigating accusations, and creating innovative defense strategies to protect individuals from criminal prosecution.

The Very First Action you Need to Take

The most important thing you can do RIGHT NOW to help a person accused of a murder, manslaughter or homicide charge is to go to wherever that individual is located, and convince that person of the absolute necessity of NOT SPEAKING WITH ANYONE about anything even remotely connected to the case.

If he or she does not understand the extreme important of this, it will probably cost them years behind bars. Act now… because every minute counts.

NEVER discuss the case in a phone call from the jail, as these calls are recorded and turned over to the prosecuting attorney for use in the case.


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