FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Below is a list of the questions attorneys get asked most.

1. If I am charged with a misdemeanor or felony, should I get an attorney? Yes. It would be unwise to appear unrepresented at any stage of a criminal proceeding due to the direct and collateral consequences of a criminal conviction. The Akron Criminal Defense Lawyers at Laybourne Law will professionally assess the case to help you fight the charges at trial, attempt to get the charges dismissed or seek a plea resolution.

2. If I am under investigation, but not charged, do I need a lawyer? Yes. If you are being investigated (or have been questioned) by city, state or federal authorities, it is a good idea to consult with Laybourne Law before charges may be filed. Our attorneys can preserve your rights and possibly avoid charges being filed in the first place. Do not speak to the police without an attorney present.

3. If I took the breathalyzer test and blew over the legal limit, do I really need an attorney? Yes. Just because you allegedly blew over the limit, does not mean that Laybourne Law cannot challenge the stop, administration of the Field Sobriety Test, arrest, administration of the BAC testing device, etc. Further, the Akron OVI Lawyers at Laybourne Law may be able to secure a resolution that would avoid certain consequences. We can also assist with driving privileges and other assorted issues.

4. If I hire Laybourne Law, will my case be handed off to an inexperienced associate attorney? No. Your case will be handled personally and professionally by Jeff Laybourne or Robert Laybourne. Please visit our Attorney Profiles section for more information about their qualifications.

5. Do I have to take my case to trial? No. The Akron Criminal Attorneys at Laybourne Law have negotiated hundreds of positive plea bargains on behalf of their clients. We always attempt to secure a fair plea bargain as an option for our clients to accept if they choose to. If the client does not wish to enter into a plea bargain, that is fine with us. We are not afraid to take your case to trial and work diligently for an acquittal.

It is important to seek legal counsel as early in the case process as possible. It is in your best interest to seek the assistance of an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney who can protect your legal rights and help you avoid criminal charges in the first place. Trust in the Criminal Defense Attorneys at Laybourne Law, they CAN and WILL stand up for your rights when you need it most.