August 19, 2020 | News
Gun violence in Cincinnati injured three more people. The latest occurred on Sunday, July 26, 2020, near Great American Ball Park.
Police responded to a call on Sunday at about 10:30 p.m. at Pete Rose Way near Broadway Street. They found three male victims with apparent gunshot wounds.
The victims went to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The gunshot wounds did not appear to be life-threatening. The number of homicides and shootings in Cincinnati has risen dramatically this year compared to the same period last year.
There was another shooting near Great American Ball Park on July 21, 2020, around 1:45 a.m. Police found two men with gunshot wounds near the intersection of Mehring Way and Joe Nuxhall Way.
A 29-year-old man had been shot once in his lower leg. A 21-year-old had been shot three times in his lower leg. Both victims received treatment at the hospital for their injuries.
In June, police officers responding to a reported shooting discovered 33-year-old Cortney Jones. Mr. Jones had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident took place on June 14, 2020, around 10:30 p.m. in the 300 block of West Fifth Street.
In another shooting, one person was injured and one person was arrested near the Hard Rock Casino on June 28, 2020. Police arrested Denika Pugh on charges of felonious assault. According to reports, she fired five shots at the victim, striking the victim once in the jaw.
Examples of Charges for Violent Crimes in Cincinnati
Weapons charges may include homicide, manslaughter, violations of the concealed weapons permit laws, possession of an illegal weapon, and other charges. In some cases, a weapons charge may be added when the weapon is used in the commission of another crime.
Sex crimes include a variety of offenses, including sexual assault. Other sex crimes include, but are not limited to, rape, sexual battery, and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The penalties for sex crimes can be severe, including up to 10 years in prison, fines, and placement on the sex offender registry.
Domestic violence and assault crimes also carry severe penalties. A domestic charge conviction could result in a restraining order that negatively impacts custody and visitation cases. A restraining order could also restrict where you can live, work, and travel in Cincinnati and throughout Ohio.
Assault can range from simple assault to felonious assault. You can also be charged with aggravated assault and negligent assault in Ohio.
Charges of assault range from third-degree misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. The most serious assault charges can result in up to 10 years in prison and a potential fine of $20,000.
Defending Criminal Charges in Cincinnati
One of the crucial steps in a criminal case is the investigation by your criminal defense attorney. Your attorney does not accept whatever the police or the prosecution says at face value. Your attorney digs into the case to determine if the state or any other parties violated your rights.
If the police or the state violated your civil rights, evidence could inadmissible in court. In some cases, the state may drop the charges against you. The attorney also uses the information and evidence he gathers to assess the validity of the criminal charges against you and the strength of the state’s case.
During an investigation, the attorney may take several steps including:
- Interviewing witnesses and obtaining statements that may help establish an alibi or defense.
- Gather physical evidence, such as medical reports, police reports, and forensic evidence.
- Consult with various experts or professionals regarding your case, including experts in the field of breath tests, fingerprints, ballistics, computer technology, and forensics.
- Subpoena evidence from various parties.
- Request copies of all evidence the state has against you, including a list of potential witnesses.
After gathering evidence, your lawyer analyzes and interprets the evidence to create one or more theories of defense. Your lawyer also analyzes the relevant laws to determine if the state can likely meet its burden of proof.
If not, your attorney may advise you to take the matter to trial. However, if the evidence against you is overwhelming and you do not have a valid defense, your lawyer can help you weigh your options for a plea agreement.
Protect Your Rights By Talking to a Criminal Defense Lawyer
One of the most important rights that you have is the right to legal counsel. Many individuals try to handle criminal cases without a lawyer.
Prosecutors, police officers, detectives, and other law enforcement officers are not interested in helping you prove your innocence. They are interested in one thing – a guilty verdict.
Do not help the prosecution by giving it more evidence against you. Stay quiet until you talk to a criminal defense lawyer about the charges against you.
Contact the Cincinnati Criminal Defense Attorneys at Suhre & Associates, LLC For Help Today
Suhre & Associates, LLC – Cincinnati
600 Vine Street, Suite 1004
Cincinnati, OH 45202