Columbus Criminal Defense Attorney

Courtroom Victories

A Columbus criminal defense attorney is defined by their courtroom record. If you are in need of a lawyer you need one with a proven ability to win. Our courtroom record speaks for itself,

In The News

The Law Office of James D. Owen, LLC’s legal work has been repeatedly recognized by local and national media including established daily newspapers throughout Ohio. In 2014—for the ninth consecutive year—James D. Owen was again named “Ohio Super Lawyer”.

What Our Clients Say

Our proven ability to win is why our clients choose us. Charged with a criminal offense they depend on us to provide an exceptional defense. Here are their stories and courtroom results.

Have you been arrested or charged with a crime? Now is the time to start building your defense strategies. Contact an experienced Columbus criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of James D. Owen, LLC for immediate legal assistance. We know that your future is at stake and we will do everything in our power to protect it.

Our Columbus law office offers a free consultation, so reach out to schedule yours today. The sooner you call, the sooner we can to get to work on your defense.


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    How Will a Columbus Criminal Lawyer Help Me After My Arrest?

    Criminal charges have to be taken seriously, whether you’ve been falsely accused or not. The prosecution will work tirelessly to get a conviction. You deserve to have an experienced Columbus criminal lawyer working just as hard to win the case for you. That’s why you shouldn’t hesitate to call the Law Office of James D. Owen, LLC for help.

    For more than 30 years, we’ve been fighting for our clients and securing not guilty verdicts in the process. Here’s what you can expect when you hire our skilled team to handle your defense.

    Determining If Your Rights Have Been Violated

    Was your arrest lawful? Did the police have probable cause to search you or your property? Did the state have sufficient evidence to arrest you for a crime? Were you properly advised of your rights after you were no longer free to go?

    We’ll dig into the specifics of these questions. If we find that your rights were violated in any way, we’ll immediately challenge your arrest and the validity of any evidence that might have been tainted. If your arrest or evidence is thrown out, there’s a good chance that the charges against you will fail.

    Investigating Your Case Independently

    The state has skilled investigators working to find evidence that supports the charges against you. The result of an investigation, many times, depends on what you’re looking for. The state’s not looking for evidence that you’re not guilty. State investigators won’t go out of their way to find information that works in your benefit. So, we’ll make that happen.

    We’ll carefully look into the details of your case and work hard to uncover evidence that will make it difficult for the prosecution to satisfy its burden of proof. As part of our investigation, we might:

    • Visit the scene of the alleged crime;
    • Interview witnesses who might have seen what happened or have information that’s relevant in some way;
    • Comb through whatever documents we can find, including police reports, medical reports, bank records, phone records, online communications, and more;
    • Determine if there is video footage of the alleged crime, perhaps captured by local surveillance cameras or witnesses;
    • Review state’s evidence obtained during the initial discovery period;
    • Research relevant case law and local statutes that might affect the structure of your defense.

    Our criminal defense attorneys in Columbus have been investigating alleged crimes for more than 30 years. When you call us for help, you can rest assured that our experience and skills will go to work to benefit you.

    Working With Experts In and Around Columbus

    The state will rely on the input and testimony of experts as it designs its case against you. You deserve to benefit from expert and professional analysis, too. That’s why we won’t hesitate to bring in any experts that might be beneficial to your defense.

    This might include:

    • Accident reconstructionists
    • Crime scene reconstructionists
    • Forensic experts
    • Medical professionals
    • Psychiatrists and mental health experts
    • Ballistics experts
    • Appraisers
    • Technology specialists, and more.

    If there’s a chance that professional input could benefit you, we’ll make the call. Our team will review evidence with them and rely on their testimony as we construct the best possible defense for you.

    Standing Up For You In Court

    Most criminal cases don’t end up going to trial. The majority are resolved before a jury has to get involved. Sometimes this means that the charges are dropped. Other times, it means that a plea bargain was reached and approved by the judge.

    Our team will fight the prosecution every step of the way. We’ll work hard to undermine their case against you. We won’t hesitate to ask to judge the dismiss the charges if we think the state’s case is weak. We’ll work tirelessly to negotiate a deal and limit the consequences of a conviction. However, we won’t advise you to take a deal if it’s not fair. We won’t push you to accept a plea bargain if we think that there’s a good chance we can win.

    So, if prosecutors won’t budge, our Columbus trial lawyers won’t hesitate to stand up for you in court and argue your case to a jury. We’ve been getting not guilty verdicts for clients in Franklin County for more than three decades.

    We Handle All Criminal Cases in Columbus, OH

    When you’re charged with a crime, you need to make sure that your defense is in qualified and experienced hands. Just because someone is a lawyer doesn’t mean that they can give you the help you need.

    At the Law Office of James D. Owen, LLC, our practice focuses exclusively on criminal law and defense. All we do is represent clients against criminal charges. That’s all we do. So, we know the laws that will affect your case like the back of our hands. We know the judges and we know the prosecutors. We’ve spent decades developing strategies that work. When you call us for help, this all benefits you.

    We represent clients in all criminal matters in Franklin County, including:

    If you’ve been charged with a crime in Franklin County, don’t hesitate to call our skilled legal team for help. We offer a free initial case assessment and would be happy to discuss the charges against you and explain your legal options.

    Criminal Defense Practice Areas

    The criminal defense attorneys have been representing clients against state and federal criminal charges in Franklin County for more than three decades. We work hard to get the best possible results in all practice areas.


    Assault involves attempting to or actually causing harm to another person without their consent. Crimes of assault can fall into one of four categories: simple assault, negligent assault, aggravated assault, and felonious assault. You can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the specific criminal offense, your criminal record, and harm (if any) suffered by a victim.

    Sex Crimes

    Few crimes will be taken more seriously by the prosecution than those involving allegations of sexual misconduct. Whether you’ve been accused of rape or exposing yourself in public, our team will be there to fight on your behalf. These crimes often lack a lot of direct evidence. Sadly, that means that many charges are based on allegations – whether they’re true or not. We’ll work hard to disprove these claims and make it hard for the state to meet its burden of proof.

    Drug Crimes

    The war on drugs is far from over. If you’re caught manufacturing drugs, trying to sell them, or simply having a small quantity in your possession, you could face some serious criminal charges. Often times, the best way to defend against drug charges is by attacking the way the state gathered evidence. If the evidence against you was gathered illegally, a court almost always has to have it thrown out. Without evidence of a crime, the state will probably have to drop the charges.

    Domestic Violence

    Domestic violence is a term that refers to violence, abuse, or neglect between two or more people who share an intimate bond. In other words, acts of violence or neglect against a family member, roommate, or loved one. While domestic violence is certainly a problem in Ohio, false allegations are also an issue. These allegations, whether made out of spite or revenge, can ruin an innocent person’s life. So, our team will stand up for you if you’ve been accused of domestic violence. We’ll do whatever we can to get the fairest and best possible resolution to your case.

    Federal Crimes

    When you’re arrested for a crime, you’ll probably be charged with a violation of Ohio state law. However, certain crimes are actually governed by federal law. Certain drug offenses and many white-collar crimes can land you in federal court. Our skilled attorneys have decades of experience navigating both the state and federal courts in Ohio. You can rest assured that your defense will be in good hands when you ask for our help when facing a federal crime.

    Theft Crimes

    Theft crimes might seem relatively minor, but they tend to carry really harsh consequences. The prosecution has the burden of proving that you’ve taken something that doesn’t belong to you without permission. Our team will work in overdrive to undermine any evidence or arguments the state might try to raise. Attacking the prosecution’s case can make it really tough for the state to prove what it has to and get a conviction.

    Restraining Orders

    Courts in Ohio can issue restraining orders as a precautionary measure. Even if that restraining order has no basis in reality – meaning that you don’t pose a threat to another person – you’re legally obligated to comply with its terms. If you don’t, you can face serious penalties, including jail time and fines. That’s why it’s important to comply and then challenge the order. Our criminal defense team can help you do just that.

    Juvenile Crimes

    When a child breaks the law in Ohio, they’ll likely face charges in a juvenile court. You’ll want to make sure that they’re represented by an attorney who has an intimate working knowledge of this unique system. Our criminal defense lawyers appreciate what’s at stake when your child has been charged with a crime, so we’ll go above and beyond to protect them.


    Even if you think you’re good to drive, the police might think otherwise. It only takes a couple of drinks before your BAC will exceed Ohio’s legal limit. If you have a CDL or are under 21, it’ll take even less alcohol to get you in trouble. DUIs are, many times, based on bad evidence or evidence that’s secured in violation of a driver’s rights. Our DUI defense team will work hard to uncover any reason why your case should be dismissed.


    When you’re facing the ultimate charge – murder – it’s important to have a qualified defense attorney ready to fight for you every step of the way. You want an attorney with experience – and success – defending homicide charges.

    We’re Continually Recognized For Our Hard Work and Not Guilty Verdicts

    Why do you want the Law Office of James D. Owen, LLC to handle your case and, if necessary, represent you in court? Our team, led by James D. Owen, has received statewide and national recognition for our results in the courtroom. Mr. Owen’s successes, in particular, have been acknowledged in The Columbus Dispatch, Akron Beacon Journal, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Pittsburg Post Gazette, and Playboy.

    Additionally, Mr. Owen is among a select class of defense attorneys in the state to be named as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” by Cincinnati Magazine and the Center for Law and Politics beginning in 2006 and continuing through 2014. This honor is reserved for just 5% of all attorneys in the state.

    The Prosecution Offered Me a Plea Deal – Should I Take It?

    State prosecutors are hired to get convictions. To get that, they don’t necessarily have to go to trial. Getting you to plead guilty in exchange for a plea bargain works, too. So, it’s important to be hesitant when the prosecutors handling your case offer you a deal. Is it really a fair deal, or are they trying to get you to concede when you have a legitimate chance of winning?

    The only way to know is by making sure that you’re represented by a criminal defense attorney who has experience handling the complexities of cases like yours. When you call our Columbus law firm, our team will handle all aspects of your criminal case.

    We’ll not only investigate and build your defense, but also handle all negotiations with the state. We’ll analyze offers you get and explain them to you. We’ll offer guidance as you decide whether or not a plea bargain is the best choice. However, never make this decision alone. Always consult your lawyer first.

    Schedule a Free Consultation With our Columbus Criminal Defense Lawyer

    Your choice of defense attorney is incredibly important when you’re facing criminal charges in Columbus, Ohio. With their futures at stake, people across central Ohio have continued to turn to the Law Office of James D. Owen, LLC for help. There’s a reason they entrust our criminal defense team with their lives. We get results.


    State of Ohio

    James D. Owen, LLC has represented clients in cases in a number of different states across the country, but practice law primarily in the State of Ohio, including these central Ohio counties:

    • Franklin
    • Pickaway
    • Licking
    • Union
    • Ross
    • Hardin
    • Clark
    • Madison
    • Marion
    • Delaware
    • Fayette
    • Morrow

    Central Ohio

    The central Ohio cities in which our attorneys  practice law include:

    • Columbus
    • Obetz
    • New Albany
    • Dublin
    • Pataskala
    • Gahanna
    • Westerville
    • Lancaster
    • Reynoldsburg
    • Hilliard
    • Plain City
    • Pickerington
    • Whitehall
    • Marysville
    • Canal Winchester
    • Bexley
    • Upper Arlington
    • Grove City
    • Groveport
    • Worthington
    • Galloway
    • Delaware
    • London
    • Newark
    • Springfield
    • Granville
    • Zanesville

    Columbus Criminal Defense Attorney

    Mr. Owen focuses on criminal defense in state and federal courts, with a proven record winning criminal cases.

    • James D. Owen – a quarter of a century ago that Criminal Defense Attorney, James D. Owen, won his first murder case.