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Criminal Defense and Trial Attorney in Columbus, OH

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


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Additionally, I handle appeals and post-conviction relief. I have 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.

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.

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Criminal Defense and Trial Attorney in Columbus, OH