Frequently Asked Questions

“Max is professional, communicative, and thoroughly helpful. He was able to majorly reduce penalties and charges against me in the case which I hired him for and I would recommend him to anyone in need!”

- Kyle W.

What should I do if I’m accused of a crime?

If you or someone you love has been accused of a crime, it’s important to understand this is not the same thing as being charged with a crime. However, it’s a good idea to get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area to discuss your case in the event that you are charged at a later point.

What are Miranda rights?

The Miranda rights are a list of rights that should be read to you if you are arrested or detained and being questioned:

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.”

What do I do if my family or loved one has been arrested or the police want to talk to them?

If your family or loved one has been arrested or the police want to talk to them, we recommend that you hire an attorney for them right away. You may feel the urge to go talk to the police with them yourself, but your best bet is to hire someone who knows how to protect their rights — and their permanent record.

How long does it take to fight a felony charge?

A felony charge case can involve many different kinds of crimes here in Ohio. A felony case can take anywhere from months to years to resolve typically, depending on the severity of the case and who’s involved.

The investigation often can last days, months, or even years before you’re formally charged in what’s called an indictment. After that indictment, you’ll have something called an arraignment, which is when it all gets started in court. 

After that, you’ll appear for many pre-trials, when they bring everyone into court to try to get the cases resolved. 

If the case is not resolved, it will go to trial.

Should I talk to the police if I have nothing to hide?

No. It’s always advisable to talk with your lawyer before you talk to the police, and then bring your lawyer with you to talk to the police, as well. Without your advocate there, the police may (intentionally or unintentionally) take what you say out of context, twist your words, or attempt to confuse you.

What should I do if I get stopped for a DUI / OVI in Ohio?

Remember your rights. If you get pulled over for a DUI / OVI:

  1. Pull over calmly and remain polite with the officer.
  2. Do not admit to drinking. You do not have to answer incriminating questions.
  3. Do not agree to any sobriety tests or blood, urine, or breath tests.
  4. Assert your right to call your lawyer.

Are there different levels of penalties for drug charges in Ohio?

Yes. The penalties include: 

  1. Minor misdemeanor: $150 fine and no jail time
  2. Misdemeanor of the fourth degree: $250 fine and 30 days in jail
  3. Misdemeanor of the third degree: $500 fine and 60 days in jail
  4. Misdemeanor of the second degree: $750 fine and 90 days in jail
  5. Misdemeanor of the first degree: $1,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail
  6. Felony of the fifth degree: $2,500 fine and 6 to 12 months in prison
  7. Felony of the fourth degree: $5,000 fine and 6 to 18 months in prison
  8. Felony of the third degree: between $5,000 and $10,000 fine and 1 to 5 years in prison
  9. Felony of the second degree: between $7,500 and $15,000 fine and 2 to 8 years in prison
  10. Felony of the first degree: between $10,000 and $20,000 fine and 3 to 11 years in prison

My promise to you:

I’m going to live this case with you. I’m going to tell your story honestly and compellingly and do everything I can to get you back home to your family.

Because my job is to look out for your rights - and I take that responsibility very seriously.

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“Max Hiltner is dynamite in the courtroom by connecting with the jury, recalling facts and cultivating good relationships with the opponents and presiding judge. He is professional, dedicated, honest and cares about the livelihood of his clients and their families. He excels in negotiating and hiring experts necessary for a well rounded defense. Max was one of my lawyers that stood between me and a life sentence. Without him on my team I would still be in prison. He will fight for you.”

- Colleen O.

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