01. Criminal Defense

"Justice is indiscriminately due to all, without regard to numbers, wealth or rank"


-John Jay



Joe Tekulve will fight tirelessly to ensure that YOUR rights receive the maximum amount of legal protection afforded under the United States Constitution. 

An aggressive criminal defense attorney, Joe Tekulve will do everything possible to secure a favorable result for you.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offense in Clermont, Hamilton, Brown, Butler or Warren Counties, do not hesitate to give us a call at (513) 752-0001 or email us at joetekulvelaw@gmail.com

Areas of Practice

Drug Offenses

  • Drug trafficking

  • Drug possession

  • Possession with intent to sell

  • Driving under the influence of drugs

  • Prescription drug fraud

  • Manufacturing of illegal substances

  • Conspiracy to sell drugs

  • Operation of a methamphetamine laboratory

  • Sale of illegal substances in a school zone

  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

How to Defend Yourself Against the Police

Do Not Say Anything. If they ask you questions, ask for a lawyer immediately. Never make incriminating statements that can later be used against you.

Do Not Consent to a Search. Unless the police have a warrant or probable cause to believe you have committed a drug offense, they have no authority to search you, your home, your car or your personal belongings. They can, however, ask for your consent to search. Just say no

Remain Calm. It is always best to stay calm and be police when dealing with the police. Angering a police officer never creates a favorable result. 

Domestic Violence

In Ohio, domestic violence is defined as any act or threatened act of violence upon a family or household member, or upon someone with whom the accused has had an intimate relationship. Parents, step-parents, roommates, partners or anyone residing in the same household can be accused of domestic violence. The following acts are considered domestic violence in Ohio: 

  • Actual or threatened physical harm

  • Sexual assault

  • Rape

  • Sexual battery

  • Statutory rape

  • Stalking

  • Criminal harassment, such as threatening letters or phone calls

  • Kidnapping

  • Pushing, hitting, slapping, choking, kicking or biting

Domestic Violence Charges Can Create Serious Consequences

Domestic violence charges are some of the most serious misdemeanor offenses because they can include potential consequences, such as:

  • Prison sentence

  • Permanent restraining order

  • Inability to return to your house

  • Inability to see your children

  • Difficulty finding or keeping a job

  • Difficulty finding or keeping an apartment

  • Mandatory enrollment in a domestic violence treatment program

  • Inability to possess firearms

Additionally, Domestic Violence convictions carry enhancement penalties for subsequent offenses, with each later offense being charged as a Felony instead of a Misdemeanor. Here, it is always best to have the initial offense reduced or eliminated at the outset, if possible, to avoid much more serous charges in the future should the incident again arise. 



Crimes of Violence 

Crimes of violence are offenses related to the infliction of physical harm upon another, and often include:

  • Murder

  • Manslaughter​​​

    • Voluntary manslaughter​

    • Involuntary manslaughter

  • Homicide

    • Reckless homicide​

    • Negligent homicide

  • Vehicular homicide

  • Assault

    • Felonious assault​

    • Negligent assault 

  • Menacing by stalking

  • Hazing

  • Various sexual offenses

Crimes of violence are generally the most serious and heinous types of offenses dealt with in criminal courts.  Not only are jurors, the public, and prosecutors often quick to judge, but courts tend to hand down larger jail or prison sentences for these types of crimes. 


Many crimes of violence cannot be sealed or expunged upon conviction - leaving you with the offense on your record for life - a record that could negatively affect you in a number of ways for years to come. 


It is imperative that you have a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney to guide you through any crime of violence charge. 


Sex Crimes 


Being accused of a sex crime can make an otherwise normal person look like a monster.  When you are the person accused, you likely face anger and hostility from everyone involved in your case - families, the police, the prosecutor,and even the judge trying the case - and may begin to believe that your situation is hopeless.  Joe Tekulve understands that not every person accused of a crime is guilty, and that you are entitled to vigorous representation no matter your situation.  

Sex crimes often include:

  • Rape and sexual assault

  • Prostitution and solicitation

  • Domestic violence

  • Statutory rape

  • Child molestation

  • Date rape

  • Indecent exposure and "sexting"

  • Internet sex crimes 


Sex crimes can range from low-level misdemeanors to serious felonies.  Regardless of the severity of the offense, being convicted of a sex crime can have a tremendous impact on your health and your life.  You may be placed on probation or sent to jail, where fellow convicts often treat sex offenders harshly.  Also, having to register as a sex offender can limit your job opportunities, destroy your social life and restrict where you can live.  


Theft, Fraud & Trespass Crimes 

There are a wide variety of criminal offenses associated with theft.  These charges vary by where the property was taken, how it was acquired, the value of the property and whether violence was involved.  Theft is the taking of property of another.  Depending on the value of the property or the class of person stolen from, it may be considered petty theft or grand theft and may be a misdemeanor or a felony.  Theft and fraud offenses include:

  • Unauthorized use of property

  • Theft 

    • Petty theft (theft under $1,000.00)​

    • Grand theft (theft over $1,000.00 or where additional circumstances apply)

  • Receiving stolen property

  • Counterfeiting

  • Forgery

  • Medicaid fraud

  • Identity fraud

  • Insurance fraud

  • Workers' compensation fraud

Charges often become more serious when they are accompanied by an accusation of violence, or when the theft occurs inside the home or business of another.  Muggings and other crimes where property is taken directly from a person by force usually result in a charge of robbery or armed robbery.  Breaking and entering into the home or business of another and taking property usually results in the charge of burglary, which is considered a crime of violence even if no one was hurt or threatened.  Theft crimes of violence can include:

  • Robbery

    • Armed robbery

  • Burglary

  • Carjacking

Trespass Crimes

A Trespass occurs any time you are somewhere you are not allowed to be.  Criminal charges can be brought for:

  • Criminal trespass

    • Criminal trespass on a place of public amusement​

  • Breaking and entering


Offenses Against Justice & Public Administration 

  • Resisting arrest

  • Obstructing official business

  • Obstructing justice

  • Tampering with evidence

  • Failure to comply with order or signal of police officer

  • Escape

  • Perjury

  • Intimidation

  • Bribery

Offenses Against the Public Peace

  • Inciting to violence

  • Riot

  • Disorderly conduct

  • Telecommunications harassment

  • Inducing panic / Making false alarms

How We Win Cases

First, we gather every single police report related to the accusation and subpoena 911 and dispatch recordings. Then, if needed, we go to the crime scene, take photographs, and record measurements. Next, we interview witnesses and compile a near-complete picture of the event in question. After a thorough investigation, we listen attentively to our client's side of the story.


Once we have a good grasp on the case, we work one-on-one with the client to devise a strategy of attack. The strategy of attack will take into account potential avenues of relief, the strengths and weaknesses of the case, potential police error/misconduct, and any other relevant factor that could affect the ultimate outcome of the case. 


Joe Tekulve Law

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© 2019 by Joseph G. Tekulve, Attorney at Law

785 Ohio Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245

Tel: (513) 752-0001 / Fax: (513) 752-0289

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