Covington criminal defense attorneys

“Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.”

~Author Unknown

About Our Criminal Defense Attorneys in Kentucky and Ohio

Are you or your loved one facing criminal charges in Kentucky or Ohio? If so, you need professional legal representation to get the best outcome in your case. 

Being charged with state or federal criminal charges is a stressful and trying experience for anyone. It is even more if you’ve never had trouble with the law before. Navigating through the complexities of Kentucky and federal laws can be overwhelming, to say the least. 

Our criminal defense attorneys at Roush & Stilz, P.S.C understand that there are people out there who end up on the wrong side of the law and in dire need of professional and competent legal representation. 

We have 18 years of experience in criminal law and have successfully represented people just like you charged with. 

We are fully committed to protecting your rights.

Criminal Laws in Kentucky and Ohio

We have committed criminal defense attorneys in Covington, KY ready to handle criminal cases in Kentucky or Ohio. 

Our attorneys have experience and practical knowledge of . We have a collaborative approach in which we discuss all the pertinent elements of your case as a team to develop a successful defense strategy. 

We have helped clients achieve the best outcomes in diverse areas of criminal laws including the following:

  • Violent crimes such as robbery, domestic violence, murder, assault, gun violations, and other forms of violent crimes
  • Property crimes such as vandalism, burglary, arson, breaking and entering, and larceny among others. 
  • White-collar crimes including alleged embezzlement, fraud, and obtaining property by false pretense
  • Drug crimes and charges including manufacture, possession, and trafficking illegal substances such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. 
  • Sex crimes and statutory sex offenses such as alleged rape, child pornography, and other offenses. 
  • DUI or DWI. We help clients facing first time or subsequent DUI or DWI charges to get the best outcome possible. 
  • Traffic violations including tickets for over-speeding, hit-and-run accidents, moving violations, stop sign violations, DMV hearings, and other driving offenses. 

We also advise clients on the process of expungement of their criminal records. 

We understand how overwhelming the complex nature of criminal law is y which is why we always recommend that you consult our Covington law offices whenever you or your loved one are facing criminal charges.

We do not charge you anything for the initial consultation when you schedule an appointment with our skilled and experienced criminal defense attorneys in Covington, KY. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Types of Criminal Cases We Handle

We handle every type of criminal defense case including the following:

Federal Crimes

Federal crimes are investigated primarily by various federal agencies such as the FBI and ATF. Sometimes these agencies work together with state agencies in their investigation. Federal crimes are prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s office.

Typically, the federal government prosecutes crimes such as mail, wire, or bank fraud, tax evasion, major drug crimes, white-collar crime, human trafficking, and certain violent crimes just to name a few.

The sentences which accompany findings of guilt in federal crimes are life-altering.

Our attorneys are experienced in handling federal criminal matters.

Felonies in Ohio 

In the state of Ohio, felonies are classified into 5 categories, namely 1st, 2nd, 3rd, fourth, and fifth-degree felonies. Ohio also has “special felonies” which are extremely serious crimes also carry life sentences. Ohio is a death penalty state.

First degree felonies, and special felonies,  are more serious and normally carry the heftiest sentences and fines. Fifth felonies are the least serious. 

A felony in Ohio carries a sentence of over one year in prison which is why you should consult our criminal defense lawyers when facing an Ohio felony charge.

Felony in Kentucky

A felony in Kentucky is any crime that is punishable by a sentence of one year or more in prison. The law in Kentucky, namely Class A, B, C, and D felonies. There is also a special, lower level,felony designated for some first time drug offenders. 

Class A felonies are the most serious and are punishable by 20 to 50 years in prison. In extreme cases, life sentences can be imposed. Kentucky is also a death penalty state. Class B felonies in Kentucky have a maximum prison sentence of 20 years while Class C felonies can result in a conviction of 5 to 10 years. Class D felonies in Kentucky carry a prison sentence of one to 5 years. 

Besides serving the prison term, you may also have to pay a fine. Felonies are serious crimes that require the assistance of an able attorney to successfully tackle the charges in a Kentucky court. 

Misdemeanor in Ohio

In Ohio, a misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable by up to 1 year in prison. The state of Ohio categorizes misdemeanors by degrees. First degree misdemeanors are the most serious and often carry longer sentences or bigger fines. 

Misdemeanor in Kentucky 

A misdemeanor in Kentucky is any crime punishable by up to 1 year in prison. Misdemeanors are categorized as Class A or Class B, with Class B being less serious than A. Class A misdemeanors in Kentucky are crimes punishable by jail time to 12 months and a maximum fine of $500. Class B misdemeanors in Kentucky are punishable by a jail term of up to 90 days and a maximum fine of $250. Misdemeanors have statutes of limitation, after which you can no longer be prosecuted for the crime. 

If you are charged with any type of misdemeanor crime in Kentucky, bear in mind that no matter how small or insignificant the crime is, conviction can have serious consequences in your life. 

Contact our criminal defense lawyers to help you navigate the criminal justice system and achieve the best outcome. 


Driving under the Influence or Operating a Vehicle under the Influence are serious crimes in both Kentucky and Ohio. Conviction for DUI/OVI can mean the loss of your privilege to operate a motor vehicle, as well as the need to spend your hard earned money on hefty fines, court costs, and mandatory substance abuse classes/treatment. A DUI/OVI conviction can also mean a stay in jail. If you are convicted of subsequent DUI/OVI’s the penalties will increase. It is imperative to contact an experienced DUI/OVI lawyer if you are charged with this crime.

Traffic Violations 

Whether you are a resident of Kentucky, Ohio  or simply driving through those states, the last thing you need is to get a traffic ticket. The ticket messes up your day. The good news is that we can help you tackle the traffic violation charges. 

Penalties for traffic violations in Kentucky and Ohio vary according to the type of violation you commit. In some cases, you have the option to pay the fine at the court in the district where the ticket was issued or online. If you do not pay the fine in time, an arrest warrant will be issued and you may even get your driving license suspended. Some traffic violations require you to appear in court.

Contact our law firm as soon as possible whenever you are facing any form of a traffic violation. 

Juvenile Offense

There are times when bad or poor decisions lead adolescents to the wrong side of the law. A juvenile mark on your child’s record may have serious consequences, including potential commitment to a juvenile detention facility. 

The child may be limited in schooling or working opportunities in the future just because of a juvenile record that could have been avoided. We provide thorough and professional representation and aggressive defense to safeguard your child’s record.

Talk To an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one is facing state or federal criminal charges in Kentucky or Ohio, contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys Kash Stilz and Pete Roush to schedule a free consultation. You don’t have to face any criminal charges alone.

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