Criminal Defense

In the Cleveland and Akron, Ohio Areas

Criminal Defense in the Cleveland and Akron, Ohio Areas

The criminal defense attorneys at AJLJ Law are well versed in a variety of misdemeanor and felony offenses. Because even small criminal matters can have a lasting effect on your quality of life, it’s our promise to help you in any way that we can. Whether you are looking for an OVI lawyer, have been charged with petty theft or a drug crime, we are the attorneys who can best meet your needs. You don’t have to face this alone.

AJLJ can help you with the following types of criminal cases:


Operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) or driving under the influence (DUI) are serious traffic offenses that carry heavy penalties, even in a first offense. Lawmakers have been imposing these heavy penalties which become much tougher upon a second offense. Ashley and Leslie are skilled OVI lawyers in the Cleveland area, ready to help you understand the charges you face and what your options may be.


When you've been charged under Ohio's assault statutes, you need prompt representation by a Cleveland assault lawyer. Physical assault charges have a huge impact on your life, regardless of whether they are at the misdemeanor or felony level. You may find it difficult to secure employment or housing, and a conviction almost always results in serving time. Plus, some assault charges can result in being listed on the state’s sex offender registry.


Shoplifting. Burglary. Robbery. If you have been accused of acquiring, taking or exerting control over personal property, money, vehicles, real estate, or the intent to steal, the penalties for theft charges will vary widely based on the circumstances and value of the goods taken. For example, petty theft is for value of goods less than $1,000 and is considered a first degree misdemeanor, yet as the values of goods or property rises, so will the charges. You’ll need a criminal defense lawyer from AJLJ who is experienced in all theft crimes.

Drug Offenses

Securing a drug crime lawyer in the Cleveland or Akron area is vital after being charged with a drug offense such as possession, paraphernalia and trafficking. Every case is unique, and all circumstances and evidence must be taken into consideration before conviction. Drug charges range from simple possession with a simple fine all the way to a significant, mandatory prison sentence. The amount of drugs in question, your criminal record and your conduct are all factors in the consequences of the charges.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence crimes include intentional, reckless or negligent acts that cause injury to a family member or domestic partner, or putting a member of your household into fear of immediate harm. These offenses range in severity from low level misdemeanors to higher felony offenses, depending on the circumstances at hand.

Sex Offenses

Sex crime allegations can have a devastating impact on your career, your reputation, your relationships and maintaining your quality of life. A sex offense can be one of the most serious offenses individuals can be charged with, leading to a lifetime of being registered as a sex offender and an array of other penalties. If you’ve been charged with a sex offense in the Cleveland or Akron area, it’s imperative you seek an experienced attorney immediately.

Driving Under Suspension

Driving under suspension means you already had a charge such as a DUI, tickets, or reckless driving that resulted in points against your license and the DMV suspending your license. When you get caught driving under suspension and get pulled over, you’ll immediately get arrested and taken to jail, whether you knew your license was suspended or not. You have to bond yourself out and then you will need an attorney to defend yourself of the charge of driving under suspension.

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