Criminal Justice Lawyer

Cincinnati criminal law attorney Stephenie Lape can handle any criminal law matter, ranging from minor traffic violations to serious felony charges.

When You Face Criminal Charges

When facing criminal charges, big or small, it is normal to have fear and worry. Regardless of your charges or innocence, YOU HAVE RIGHTS. When you retain Stephenie Lape to defend you, she will immediately begin preparing your defense. She prepares, researches, and investigates every case as if it were going to trial.

Stephenie will fight for your right to a fair trial, file motions to challenge any illegal obtained evidence, and thoroughly research all issues. Stephenie Lape, PLLC will fully investigate your case, interview witnesses, subpoena witnesses to testify on your behalf when appropriate, fully discuss all your options, keep you informed of the status of your case, and negotiate with prosecutors to reduce charges or your sentence when a plea is in your best interest.

Contact Stephenie Lape, PLLC today to get an aggressive and seasoned criminal defense attorney to defend your rights.


Cincinnati DUI Lawyer

OVI convictions can carry severe consequences, including possible jail time, license suspension, and hefty fines. It is imperative to contact a DUI attorney immediately to begin preparing your defense.

Many times, defendants charged with OVI do not believe there is a defense and simply accept the charges. That is not always the case! Often defendants are given bad or improperly administered tests or they were stopped by police without probable cause. If you are charged with an OVI get an experienced attorney working on your case right away; immediate investigation is necessary to preserve all available evidence.

If you have been charged with an OVI, contact attorney Stephenie Lape to start preparing your defense. Stephenie Lape, PLLC can assist in all DUI/OVI related charges including felony OVI, multiple offenses, commercial drivers license OVI, underage DUI.

Traffic Offenses

While traffic offense are typically the least severe of offenses, these offenses often carry large financial consequences. Traffic offenses can carry large fines with high court costs, cause you to incur points on your drivers license, and affect your insurance rates. An accumulation of points can even mean your license can be suspended.

Many traffic offenses are higher level misdemeanors carrying a possible jail sentence. To avoid these consequences, get a defense attorney working on your case right away. Stephenie Lape, PLLC can assist you in all types of traffic related matters including speeding, moving violations, hit and run, CDL related violations, and reckless driving, to name a few.

Domestic Violence and Spousal Abuse

When allegations of spousal abuse arise, there are often many collateral issues, including criminal domestic violence charges and civil protection orders. These charges may arise out of false allegations made by an angry or under the influence spouse. Many times they are recanted or defeated when inconsistencies are brought to light and it is clear the allegations are not in good faith.

Domestic violence convictions carry severe consequences including possible jail sentences and create an undesirable blemish on your record. These cases often go to trial and Stephenie Lape has repeated success in domestic violence trials.

Stephenie Lape, PLLC is experienced in handling these matters successfully along with all of the collateral family law issues such as child custody, divorce, civil protection orders.

Violent Crimes

Violent crimes can range from minor offenses, like a bar fight, to the most serious of offenses.

Some violent crimes that Stephenie Lape can defend include:

  • Assault
  • Felonious Assault
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Homicide
  • Murder
  • Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Burglary

When someone is charged with a violent crime in Ohio, they are facing a tough battle. These crimes are often the most harshly punished. For that reason, it is important to get a skilled attorney working on your case immediately.

Stephenie Lape, PLLC will begin gathering facts, interviewing witnesses, and preparing your defense right away to provide you with the best possible outcome.

Gun Related Crimes

Ohio gun related crimes range from high-level misdemeanors to felony offenses and include the following:

  • Carrying Concealed Weapons
  • Unlawful Possession of a Dangerous Ordnance
  • Unlawful Transaction in Weapons
  • Improper Discharge of a Firearm
  • Providing Firearms to a Minor
  • Using Firearms While Intoxicated
  • Possession of a firearm in a beer liquor permit premise
  • Improperly Handling Firearms in a Motor Vehicle
  • Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon

Convictions for gun related crimes can carry severe consequences, even when a person had no intent to commit a crime. If you have been charged with a gun crime, get an aggressive criminal defense attorney working on your defense. Contact attorney Stephenie Lape for legal assistance.

Drug Crimes: Drug Possession and Drug Trafficking

Whether you’re charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana or with trafficking a large amount of drugs, you will need an experienced drug crime attorney to prepare your defense. In the State of Ohio, all drug crime convictions carry a license suspension of at least six months and they often carry jail or prison terms, depending on the degree of offense.

Knowledge of the laws surrounding Fourth Amendment searches and seizures is imperative in drug related crimes.  The most common illegal searches occur in relation to drug crimes. Attorney Stephenie Lape is experienced in fighting drug crimes and does not hesitate to challenge the police on the legality of their searches and tactics.

Non-payment of Child Support

Non-payment of child support is a felony and can carry probation, fines, and prison sentences.  Most people facing these charges have arrived at that situation because of reasons outside their control. With the proper assistance, this matter can be resolved with the least amount of harm possible. Contact Stephenie Lape to learn more.

Post Conviction Matters

Stephenie Lape, PLLC handles many different post conviction or post sentencing matters including:

  • Expungements
  • Motion to Withdraw Plea
  • Judicial Release
  • Pardons
  • Motion For New Trial

If you need post conviction relief, contact a dedicated criminal defense attorney to discuss your options.

Criminal Appeals

Trial court judges do not always make correct legal decisions. That’s why our legal system provides appellate courts. When you do not agree with the decision made by a judge in a criminal case, you have the right to appeal to an Ohio Court of Appeals.

A well-researched and persuasively-written brief and a knowledgeable oral argument are essential to the success of an appeal. A well-written brief requires a diligent review of the record and thorough research. Attorney Stephenie Lapehas the required dedication and experience to file, brief, and argue your criminal appeal. Contact Stephenie Lape, PLLC today.

Phone: (513) 621-8710
Fax: (513) 621-8703
810 Sycamore Street, 6th Floor, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202