John H. Bates Attorney At Law

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Criminal Defense and Trial Attorney in Columbus, OH

Overcoming legal challenges of any kind can be an overwhelming, complicated, and expensive endeavor. If allegations arise that could lead to criminal prosecution, it’s imperative to hire the right law firm to represent you.

If your liberties and livelihood hinge on the outcome of a criminal trial in Central Ohio, I am the experienced defense lawyer you need in your corner throughout the legal process.

I am John H. Bates. For more than 20 years as a criminal defense and trial attorney in Columbus, OH, I have used my full-service Columbus law firm to successfully defend clients accused of felony and misdemeanor crimes in state and federal criminal prosecutions, including:

  • Theft
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Crimes
  • College Student Crimes
  • Traffic Offenses
  • White-Collar Crimes
  • Weapons Violations
  • Texting/Sexting
  • Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW)
  • Assault Charges
  • Concealed Handgun License (CHI)


Protect Your Rights in Court

All actions have consequences, even if they’re unintended or misguided. When any kind of criminal accusation is made against you, legal counsel should be sought after immediately. Most of us don’t realize the rights and due process we’re entitled to when attempting to navigate through the legal system.

If you’re accused of theft and larceny, drug crimes, or white-collar crimes, it’s important to remember that you’re innocent until proven guilty. These types of cases can lead to years of criminal trials, jail time, and mounting legal fees. With my experience battling these types of allegations, you can trust that your rights are being treated with respect throughout each step of the legal process.

Additionally, I handle appeals and post-conviction relief. I had previously worked with the Office of the Ohio Public Defender in the death penalty section when the state of Ohio first reinstated capital punishment in 1981. I am also a member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers.

Protecting Your Good Name

In addition to criminal defense representation, I can also navigate the process for petitioning the court for the expungement or sealing of your criminal record pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Sections 2953.31 and 2953.57. This can be a crucial component of ensuring your ability to move forward after serving a criminal sentence.

Client Focused, Results Driven

With severe allegations like domestic violence, assault, or weapons violations, you need someone in your corner at all times — ready to fight on your behalf. As an experienced defense attorney, you can trust that your rights will be protected with my knowledge and aggressive representation. When you call John H. Bates Attorney At Law, you’ll get the legal representation you need.

Most types of criminal defense cases that I handle are charged on a flat-fee basis. I also offer credit card payments and payment plans. For a free initial phone consultation, call me in Columbus at 614-221-3630. All email messages are responded to promptly.