Your Columbus Criminal Attorneys

You need a criminal lawyer in Columbus, Ohio who gets that being charged with a crime doesn’t mean you’re guilty. You need an accessible and honest attorney who speaks your language, not legalese.

That’s why at Yavitch & Palmer, we get to know you on a personal level, why we’re available outside of the regular 9 to 5, and why we insist on connecting with you one-one-one. Because no two cases are the same, and neither are our clients’ needs.

Request a consultation today to meet with your Columbus criminal defense lawyer.

About Yavitch & Palmer

Our approach is a personal one. We recognize that those who walk through our doors are good people in bad situations, each with an individual set of problems. We don’t treat clients as numbers or nameless, faceless cases. Rather, we get to know them by spending time one-on-one and providing honest, personal counsel.

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Stephen E. Palmer
Stephen E. Palmer
Owner & Partner
Jeffery A. Linn II
Jeffery A. Linn II
William Forina
William Forina


How much will it cost for you to handle my case?

We typically assess legal fees on a flat rate basis. The amount of the flat rate depends on many factors, such as type of charge, jurisdiction, and prior criminal record.

What can I expect on the day of court?

Courts often schedule multiple cases at the same time and date. Depending on the jurisdiction, your case may not be heard exactly at the time scheduled and delays are inevitable. You will nonetheless need to be present at your scheduled time. We will make contact with you there as soon as possible and provide updates and discuss the situation.

What is the fee for a consultation?

We provide a free consultation with no obligation to hire our office. Your initial appointment is an opportunity for our attorneys to gather information about your situation and answer your questions in person. At this consultation, we can help analyze your problem, discuss your options, and discuss legal fees.

What kind of timetable can I expect for my case to be resolved?

The type of charge will determine the amount of time necessary for resolution. Minor traffic tickets can generally be handled with minimal court appearances. Despite our best efforts to avoid unnecessary delays, you should expect continuances during the course of your case.

What kinds of crimes go to trial?

Any case can go to trial.  Although we often see the most serious matters in trial, that is not always the case.  Sometimes the more serious offenses carry the risk of greater consequences.  We commonly have trials on all matters, including OVI, traffic, and complex criminal cases.

How likely is it my case will go to trial?

Trials are rare, with just 2.5% of Ohio criminal cases in common pleas court going to trial in 2012.  Most cases resolve by plea negotiations.  However, every case is unique and you need a lawyer to help you figure out all your available options.

What’s the difference between a civil law and a criminal law?

Civil law deal with disputes between individuals, organizations or both. Yavitch & Palmer deals with criminal law— crimes and legal punishments of criminal offenses, like assault, robbery, drug trafficking and much more.

What’s the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

In Ohio, the maximum penalty for a misdemeanor is up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Felonies are more severe.  And depending on the crime, punishment can result in significant periods of imprisonment, or even the death penalty.

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Criminal Defense Advice

For the past 10 years, Steve has offered countless radio callers with legal (and non-legal) insight on a wide range of problems. He currently appears on 99.7 the Blitz every Wednesday morning with Loper and Randi.

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