Criminal Law

Defending Against Criminal Charges

Charged with a crime? Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP, provides defense you can count on to preserve your rights and possibly achieve a reduction or dismissal of your charges. We offer representation for a wide variety of charges, including:

Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI)

One reason to fight an OVI is that you and your lawyer can mitigate or eliminate your charges. An OVI (formerly called DUI, driving under the influence or drunk driving) charge can disrupt your life and has punishments that can last for years. For example, the penalties for an OVI are up to six months in jail, a hefty fine and a three-year suspension of your driver’s license. Optional consequences that the judge can employ include:

  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Ignition interlock
  • Vehicle forfeiture

These optional items become more likely with each subsequent charge.

Criminal Misdemeanors And Felonies

At Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP, we will provide you with as many options as we can to address your charges. Some violations could qualify for diversion or intervention programs, and representation by an attorney could result in a charge reduction or dismissal.

Traffic Violations

Many people with a traffic violation know about ticket fines and rising driver’s insurance rates but are not as aware of the traffic violation point system and how it can affect driving privileges. Each traffic misdemeanor has a point value assigned to it. These misdemeanor points can add up and lead to suspension of your license if you earn 12 or more points within two years. That is why it is crucial to fight traffic violation charges: there’s potential to reduce your point sum.


With the negative impact that criminal convictions can have on your future, it is beneficial for you to take advantage of Ohio’s recently relaxed eligible offender requirements for expungement. Certain offenses qualify one year after a misdemeanor case closes, and others qualify three years after a felony case closes.

Contact Our Attorneys Today

If you need strong criminal defense representation in the Columbus area, give Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP, a call at 614-221-0944 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced lawyers. You can also use our online form.