This week, Ohio's Ninth District Court of Appeals released another appellate decision ruling in favor of a DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder attorney. On August 14, 2013, in State v. Hurd, the 9th District reversed a trial court decision finding the defendant guilty of domestic violence after a bench trial.
In Hurd, the defendant was forced to defend herself at trial after she was unable to complete the application process for appointed legal counsel before her trial date. In reversing the defendant's conviction, the Appeals Court opined:
In the present matter, the record is devoid of any indication that [the defendant] waived her right to counsel***[and] the trial court made no inquiries as to whether [the defendant] was advised of the dangers and disadvantages of self-representation. Therefore, because the trial court failed to make any of these inquiries on the record, we cannot say that [the defendant] knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily relinquished her right to be represented by counsel.
The experienced attorneys of DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder have extensive experience defending against criminal offenses in an appellate setting. If you questions regarding Ohio's appeal process, a knowledgeable Criminal Attorney from DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder may be able to help. For legal advice or information, contact, the attorneys at DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder today.