Ernst & Associates

Criminal Law & DUI Defense Firm
A Proven Track Record of Success


Criminal Defense


Committed to Legal Excellence

Once you have been arrested for an alleged crime, you need to take immediate action to protect yourself! This means you should retain legal counsel as soon as possible. It can be incredibly stressful to face serious legal consequences and not know whom to turn to. Fortunately, you can rely on our Cincinnati criminal defense attorneys to provide you with the representation and guidance you need during this challenging time. At Ernst & Associates LLC, we are here for you when you need us. We will help you understand the legal ramifications you are facing and work hard to defend your rights!

Personalized Representation in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

If you or someone you love has been accused of a crime of any type, we cannot overstate the importance of acting quickly. Prosecutors will be using as many resources as they can to find incriminating evidence against you, so you should work just as hard to counter that so-called evidence and build a solid defense plan. This can only be done with the assistance of a qualified defense attorney.

At Ernst & Associates LLC, we take the time to investigate all of the details of your case so we can provide you with the most thorough and effective defense possible. When you work with our firm, you will receive personalized legal attention, as well as professional and aggressive representation in the courtroom! We defend clients throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

  • Police Investigations
  • Bail and Bonds
  • Defenses to Criminal Charges
  • Drug Crimes
  • Extradition
  • First-Time Arrest
  • Juvenile Offenders
  • Misdemeanors and Felonies
  • Out of State Arrests
  • Sex Crimes
  • Pandering Obscenity
  • Traffic Violations
  • Violent Crimes
  • Licensed Professionals
  • Collateral Consequences
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Rape
  • Gross Sexual Imposition
  • Arrest Warrants / Bench Warrants
  • Criminal Record Sealing
  • Domestic Violence
  • Early Termination of Probation
  • Federal Crimes
  • Gun / Firearms / Weapons Charges
  • Marijuana Crimes
  • Ohio Criminal Process
  • Property Crimes
  • Sexual Battery
  • Theft Crimes
  • Violations of Probation
  • White Collar Crime
  • Student Disciplinary Hearings

OVI / DUI Defense

  • First OVI
  • Second OVI
  • Third OVI
  • Felony OVI
  • Breathalyzer Test / Intoxilyzer 8000
  • Underage OVI / OVUAC
  • Potential Effects of OVI Conviction
  • Administrative License Suspension
  • Drugged Driving / DUID
  • DUI / OVI Prescription Drugs
  • OVI and Marijuana
  • Refusal to Submit to Testing


Ohio Courts

There are several different kinds of courts in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. The court your case will be heard in depends on the law you’re alleged to have broken, the severity of the offense, and where you’re accused of committing the crime. Federal courts are for any alleged violation of federal law. Courts of Common Pleas hear felonies, as well as juvenile matters. Municipal Courts and Mayor’s Courts hear misdemeanors. Additionally, there are specialty courts, like Veterans Courts and Drug Courts that hear specific types of cases.

One of the most important attributes your attorney should have is familiarity with these courts. Your lawyer should know each judge and each prosecutor and know what to expect from each. Judges have different opinions on different matters. For instance, while one judge might be willing to grant recognizance bond in a domestic violence case, a judge in the same court the next day may refuse to grant that kind of bond. At Ernst & Associates, we are proud to know the judges and prosecutors in the Southern Ohio courts. We know how they operate – knowledge that could make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.

  • Hamilton
  • Clermont
  • Brown
  • Adams
  • Butler
  • Warren
  • Clinton
  • Montgomery
  • Greene
  • Fayette
  • Highland
  • First District Court of Appeals Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Twelfth District Court of Appeals Middletown, Ohio
  • Supreme Court of Ohio Columbus, Ohio
  • Adams County Municipal Court
  • Addyston Mayor’s Court
  • Bernard mayor’s Court
  • Bethel Mayor’s Court
  • Blue Ash Mayor’s Court
  • Brown County Court of Common Pleas
  • Brown County Municipal Court
  • Brown County Juvenile Court
  • Butler County Court of Common Pleas
  • Butler County Juvenile Court
  • Butler County Area I Court
  • Butler County Area II Court
  • Butler County Area III Court
  • Clermont County Municipal Court
  • Clermont County Juvenile Court
  • Clermont County Court of Common Pleas
  • Clinton County Common Pleas Court
  • Clinton County Juvenile Court
  • Clinton County Municipal Court
  • Dayton Municipal Court
  • Deer Park Mayor’s Court
  • Evendale Mayor’s Court
  • Fairfax Mayor’s Court
  • Fairfield Municipal Court
  • Forest Park Mayor’s Court
  • Glendale Mayor’s Court
  • Green Hills Mayor’s Court
  • Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas
  • Hamilton County Municipal Court
  • Hamilton County Juvenile Court
  • Hamilton Municipal Court
  • Harrison Mayor’s Court
  • Highland County Municipal Court
  • Highland County Juvenile Court
  • Highland County Court of Common Pleas
  • Hillsboro Municipal Court
  • Indian Hill Mayor’s Court
  • Kettering Municipal Court
  • Lebanon Municipal Court
  • Loveland Mayor’s Court
  • Mariemont Mayor’s Court
  • Mason Municipal Court
  • Miamisburg Municipal court
  • Middletown Municipal Court
  • Milford Mayor’s Court
  • Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas
  • Montgomery County Juvenile Court
  • Mount Healthy Mayor’s Court
  • New Richmond Mayor’s Court
  • Newtown Mayor’s Court
  • North College Hill Mayor’s Court
  • Norwood Mayor’s Court
  • Orab Mayor’s Court
  • Reading Mayor’s Court
  • Sharonville Mayor’s Court
  • Silverton Mayor’s Court
  • South Lebanon Mayor’s Court
  • Springdale mayor’s Court
  • Terrace Park Mayor’s Court
  • The Municipal Court of Montgomery County Ohio
  • Vandalia Municipal Court
  • Village of Cleves Mayor’s Court
  • Warren County Court of common Pleas
  • Warren County Court
  • Warren County Juvenile Court
  • Wyoming Mayor’s Court

All Criminal Charges Are Serious

Any criminal conviction can result in severe and often lifelong consequences. Ohio law gives a range of penalties for each offense that usually include a maximum (and sometimes minimum) period of time of incarceration and a range of fines, along with court costs. These penalties are, by themselves, crushing and difficult to bear. The statutory penalties are only the beginning, however. You could also lose your driver’s license or your right to carry a firearm. Apartments could refuse to rent to you. Banks could view you as unstable and refuse your loan. A school could turn down your application.

Your employer does not have to keep your job open for you while you spend time in jail or prison. Even if you aren’t incarcerated, they are usually within their rights to fire you just based on a conviction. With a criminal record, it can be much harder to get a job. If you’re a teacher, nurse or member of certain other professions, conviction for certain offenses can lead to disqualify you from getting a job in your field. The consequences of a criminal conviction are dire. Don’t take chances. Hire the best attorney to build the strongest defense.

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