A wise man once said, “Any person who represents himself has a fool for a client.” Under the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Ohio, every person accused of a crime has the right to be represented by an attorney. Every person accused of a crime would be well-advised to avail himself of this important right.
Make no mistake about it, not all lawyers are equal. Skill, experience, and judgment are qualities not possessed equally by all lawyers. Most criminal cases are resolved without a trial. But the best results are achieved by lawyers who have the ability to successfully try a case, if necessary, and can negotiate a reduction of the charges or an outright dismissal when it is in the client’s best interest to do so.
Jonathan N. Garver provides criminal defense representation for clients charged with felonies and misdemeanors in common pleas, municipal courts, and federal courts throughout the State of Ohio. He also provides representation in traffic matters, juvenile delinquency proceedings, and appeals.
Mr. Garver’s experience as a former assistant county prosecutor in Cuyahoga County and his years of experience on the defense side make him uniquely qualified to provide high quality representation for his clients. Results achieved by Mr. Garver have generated a steady stream of referrals from satisfied clients. In addition to referrals from clients, Mr. Garver receives referrals from judges, police officers, sheriffs deputies, and other attorneys, whose respect he garnered the old fashioned way — he earned it!
Mr. Garver has successfully defended clients accused of a broad range of criminal offenses, including the following:
- homicide and assault
- drug offenses
- sex offenses
- theft offenses, including fraud, forgery, receiving stolen property
- weapons offenses
- domestic violence
- computer and internet crimes
- white collar crimes
- burglary, robbery, kidnaping, and arson
- traffic offenses, including DUI./OVI (driving under the influence) and DUS (driving under suspension)
- probation violations
- contempt charges
Mr. Garver’s practice includes the following related services:
- motions for judicial release and other post-conviction remedies
- applications for expungement (sealing records of convictions)
- restoration of driving privileges
- representation of minors in juvenile court delinquency proceedings
All hope is not lost when a person is sentenced to prison. Under Ohio law, many offenders can apply to the court for early release after serving a specified portion of their sentence.
The advice and counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney is particularly important in connection with motions for judicial release. An experienced lawyer will make sure the motion is filed in a timely matter and will provide invaluable assistance in assembling the evidence needed to convince the court to grant relief.
Restoration of Driving Privileges
If a person’s driving privileges have been suspended, the law affords opportunities to secure limited driving privileges and, in some cases, the restoration of full driving privileges. If your driving privileges have been suspended, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney, like Mr. Garver, to disc~ss whether your driving privileges can be restored.
Expungement (Sealing Records of Convictions and Arrests)
Expungement means sealing the records of a conviction or an arrest. Expungement is extremely important to any person convicted of a crime. An order to seal the record of a person’s conviction restores all rights and privileges not otherwise restored by ten11ination of the sentence or community control sanction or by final release on parole or post-release control.
The opportunity to seal the record’s of a person’s conviction is particularly important if the person is seeking employment. If a person’s records have been sealed, he may deny the existence of a previous conviction or arrest in any application for employment, license, or other right or privilege, and in any appearance as a witness, or any other inquiry, with a few limited exceptions.
Recent changes in the law have greatly expanded the class of offenders who are eligible for expungement. It behooves anyone burdened with a criminal record to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to find out if he is eligible to have the records of hislher conviction sealed.
Municipal Court/Mayor’s Court Representation
Municipal courts have jurisdiction over misdemeanors, traffic offenses, and initial proceedings in felony cases. Mr. Garver has successfully represented clients in municipal court proceedings throughout the State of Ohio, including: Cleveland Municipal Court, East Cleveland Municipal Court, Shaker Heights Municipal Court, Cleveland Heights Municipal Court, Lyndhurst Municipal Court, Rocky River Municipal Court, Bedford Municipal Court, Berea Municipal Court, Parma Municipal Court, Garfield Heights Municipal Court, South Euclid Municipal Court, Chardon Municipal Court, Mentor Municipal Court, Painesville Municipal Court, Willoughby Municipal Court, Portage County Municipal Court, Newton Falls Municipal Court, Avon Lake Municipal Court, and Akron Municipal Court.
Mayor’s courts exist in some communities to handle certain misdemeanors and traffic offenses. Mr. Garver has successfully represented clients in a number of mayor’s courts throughout Northeastern Ohio.