Criminal Defense Attorney Gets Best Outcomes for Convicted Clients

Portsmouth law firm handles expungement, appeals and judicial release cases
Does your stomach sink at the thought of filling out an application because you know you will have to answer questions concerning criminal convictions? At the Law Office of Richard M. Nash Jr., I help you lessen the negative repercussions of having a criminal record or even try to wipe that record clean. I am a dedicated advocate with the skills necessary to assist clients interested in building a future free of the stigma that comes with having committed a crime.

I have helped hundreds of clients reduce prison time through judicial release, appeal their criminal convictions or have them expunged from their records. I have a thorough understanding of Ohio criminal laws and the inner workings of local, state and federal area courts, and I use my knowledge of the criminal justice system to your advantage.

I study each case for potential points of appeal, ensuring any errors against us are preserved for post-trial relief and that I am prepared to defend rulings in our favor. In my appellate law experience, I have found grounds for appeal in the following areas:

  • Sufficiency of the evidence
  • Proper legal interpretation
  • Improperly admitted testimony
  • Expert admission
  • Procedural errors
  • Faulty jury instructions

As an appellate attorney, I have the legal knowledge needed to handle briefing and oral arguments before state and federal appellate courts throughout Ohio.

A criminal conviction is permanently erased when a record is expunged. If you were convicted of a crime but have since had your record expunged, even the physical records of your conviction are destroyed. You are allowed to say you were not arrested, charged or accused of committing a crime. That said, you should speak to a lawyer if your record was expunged and you are considering applying for a professional license or running for office. Some rules still require you to disclose such information.

Eligibility for expungement
Certain circumstances must exist in order for your case to even be considered for expungement. Grounds to have a conviction expunged vary on a state-by-state basis, but you may be able to have your record destroyed if:

  • The charges against you have been dismissed
  • You were found acquitted or not guilty
  • You were a juvenile at the time
  • You were convicted, and the required amount of time has passed since that conviction.

Many states have waiting period requirements that say you cannot petition for an expungement until a certain period of time has passed, and others will only expunge a first offense from your record.  The law in Ohio has recently changed, permitting more than one charge to be expunged from your record.

Judicial release
A judicial release is a legal avenue to garner an early release from prison.  The law does not allow an early release from prison on all offenses, or at any time.  Some charges make a person ineligible to receive a judicial release.  A person’s eligibility for a judicial release is also determined by the amount of time they have served in prison.

Pave the way to a brighter future
Do not let a lapse in judgment or a wrong act have a negative impact on your future health and happiness. Instead, contact the Law Office of Richard M. Nash Jr. to discuss your options after conviction. Call me at 740-353-9850 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation on the facts of your case.