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Criminal Defense Attorney in Dayton, Ohio

Facing criminal charges is a serious matter and can have a major impact on your life and future. It's also one of the most isolating and terrifying experiences you can go through.  

As a dedicated criminal defense attorney based in Dayton, Ohio, I'm committed to defending the rights of individuals accused of crimes. You have the right to a fair trial, and I’m here to make sure that happens. Whether you're facing charges for a minor traffic violation or a serious felony, having an experienced attorney at your side can make the ultimate difference in the outcome of your case. 

My defense practice Frank A. Malocu Attorney at Law has a large focus on traffic violations and OVI cases, but I also handle a wide variety of misdemeanors and felonies. As your attorney, I will make sure you are treated fairly no matter your race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, or any other trait that sets you apart from others.

My rates are affordable, and my goal is to secure the justice you deserve. To learn more about my services, contact my office now to schedule a free consultation. 

Cases I Handle 

With years of experience, I have built a thorough understanding of the local legal system and cultivated relationships with key legal professionals and a variety of experts throughout Dayton, Ohio. This allows me to unpack every detail of your case effectively and provide the strong representation you need during this challenging time.  

Here's an overview of the range of cases I handle:  


Misdemeanors are criminal offenses that are generally considered less severe than felonies. They typically involve less serious conduct and carry lighter penalties.

However, being charged with a misdemeanor can still have significant consequences, including fines, community service, probation, and even short-term imprisonment. I've successfully defended clients facing the following: 

  • Petty theft: Minor theft offenses involving property valued below a certain amount. 

  • Disorderly conduct: Charges related to public disturbances or disruptive behavior. 

  • Vandalism: Charges involving damage to property, such as graffiti or breaking windows. 

  • Assault: Non-aggravated assault charges that do not involve serious injury or use of a deadly weapon. 

  • Public intoxication: Charges related to being intoxicated in a public place. 

  • Domestic violence: Lower-level charges related to domestic disputes not involving severe injury. 

  • Drug possession: Possession of small amounts of controlled substances for personal use. 

  • Trespassing: Unauthorized entry onto another's property. 


Felonies are more serious criminal offenses and carry harsher penalties than misdemeanors. They often involve more significant harm to individuals or property and can result in longer prison sentences, hefty fines, and other severe consequences. I have experience handling a range of felony charges, including: 

  • Drug trafficking: Charges related to the distribution, sale, or transport of illegal drugs. 

  • Aggravated assault: Assault charges involving a deadly weapon or causing serious bodily harm. 

  • Burglary: Breaking and entering into a property with intent to commit theft or another felony. 

  • Robbery: Taking property from a person through force or threat of force. 

  • Murder: Charges involving the unlawful killing of another person. 

  • Sexual offenses: Serious charges involving sexual misconduct, assault, or exploitation. 

  • Fraud: Charges related to deceptive practices or schemes for financial gain. 

  • Arson: Deliberate setting of fires to property, endangering lives or causing extensive damage.

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OVI (Operating a Vehicle Impaired) Defense 

OVI, commonly known as DUI (driving under the influence), is a serious offense with severe consequences. If you have been charged with an OVI, it's essential to seek experienced legal representation immediately.

I am well-versed in Ohio's OVI laws and can provide aggressive defense strategies to challenge evidence and protect your rights. Here's an overview of the different types of cases I take on:  

  • First-time offenses  

  • Second offenses  

  • Third offenses  

  • Felony OVIs 

  • Super OVIs 

  • Underage DUIs  

Traffic Violations 

Traffic violations encompass a broad spectrum of offenses, each with its own set of consequences. As an experienced attorney, I handle various types of traffic violations to ensure that you receive the best possible defense. Some of the common traffic violations I handle include: 

  • Speeding tickets 

  • Reckless driving 

  • Driving without a license or with a suspended license 

  • Texting while driving 

  • Running red lights and stop signs 

  • Failure to yield 

  • Vehicle registration and insurance violations 

The Importance of Working With a Trial Lawyer 

In complex and high-stakes cases, having dedicated legal representation offers protection and peace of mind through an otherwise daunting process. A seasoned attorney brings a wealth of knowledge about the legal system and criminal law, providing defenses and strategies that you may not be aware of.  

Criminal trial lawyers are equipped to negotiate plea deals, navigate pre-trial motions, and represent you effectively in court. They ensure your rights are protected and can often mitigate the consequences of a conviction.  

My Approach 

I believe that collaboration between attorney and client is essential for a successful defense. I'll also help you prepare for trial proceedings and keep you informed at every stage of the process, providing you with all the options available as new developments arise and recommending the best course of action. 

With over 32 years of legal experience, I approach each case with a tailored strategy, because I understand that the circumstances behind every charge are unique. My first step is to thoroughly investigate all aspects of the arrest. This meticulous examination often uncovers procedural errors or rights violations that can significantly influence the outcome of your case.  

I will also gather and assess any available evidence, such as witness statements or traffic video footage, to build a robust defense. Throughout the entire process, my goal is to ensure that you are not unjustly penalized and that you have the best possible chance for a favorable resolution.  

At Frank A. Malocu Attorney at Law, I work with clients across Montgomery County, including Northridge, Huber Heights, Fort Mckinley, Residence Park, Englewood, Greene County, including Beavercreek, Pleasant View, Xenia, and New Jasper, and Miami County, including Pigeye, Cowlesville, Troy, Piqua, and Covington. Contact me to schedule your free consultation today.

Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Dayton, Ohio

Consulting a skilled lawyer can make a profound difference in the outcome of your case. If you've been charged with a crime, do not hesitate to reach out for a consultation. Whether aiming for a reduction in charges, an outright dismissal, or a plea deal that minimizes the impact on your life, I will maintain an unwavering commitment to protecting your rights and future. Call or message me today to schedule a consultation.