Ohio Man Charged With Rape, Sexual Battery, and Gross Imposition – Jury Finds Him Not Guilty

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A client of the Meranda Law Firm LTD was charged with rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition, all of which are felonies in Ohio. After more than a year and a half of preparations and a four day trial, the jury finds the defendant not guilty on all charges.

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An Ohio man was charged with rape – a first degree felony, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition, both of which are felonies in the third degree. The defendant hired attorney Zach Meranda and attorney Douglas Funkhouser to represent him in his criminal case. (Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 11CR5537)

According to court documents, after more than a year and a half of trial preparation and a four-day trial, the jury acquitted the defendant of all charges, coming back with a verdict of not guilty. This not guilty verdict is a huge win for both attorneys and their respective law firms and more importantly, for their client! The defendant’s arrest record will be disappearing soon through an expungement since the jury found him not guilty.

In the state of Ohio the penalties for a first degree felony are: three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, or ten years in prison, and a $20,000 fine. For a third degree felony, the penalties include: one, two, three, four, or five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Therefore, if the defendant was convicted on one or more of the charges, he would have been facing years behind bars and thousands of dollars in monetary fines. Reference: Case No. 11CR5537, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Judge Reese, Columbus, Ohio.

Attorney Zach Meranda of The Meranda Law Firm LTD and Attorney Douglas A. Funkhouser of Funkhouser Law collaborated together in the above case to defend their client to the fullest. While each attorney practices criminal law at his own respective law firm, sometimes two great minds are better than one. Attorney Zach Meranda practices criminal defense in Columbus, Ohio. He earned his undergraduate degree from Wright State University and his juris doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating cum laude. Upon graduating law school, he began his legal career working at the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office, where his passion for criminal defense grew as he realized the criminal justice system left him as the defendant’s last hope for a defense and a chance at justice. (Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 11CR5537)

According to the case documents, he left the Public Defender’s Office to work for Crabbe, Brown & James, LLP in downtown Columbus, where he honed in on his research skills which required writing on complex legal issues. From there he went on to work for Scotts Miracle-Gro Company as a contract lawyer. Working for Scotts, attorney Meranda assisted in all aspects of federal EPA investigations and audits of pesticide products produced by the $8 billion dollar company.

After yearning to go back to his criminal defense roots, he opened The Meranda Law Firm LTD where he focused on criminal law and domestic relations law. Attorney Meranda is a member of Licking County, Columbus, Ohio State and the American Bar Associations and he is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Zach’s co-counsel, Attorney Douglas A. Funkhouser also practices criminal defense in Columbus, Ohio. Attorney Funkhouser earned his bachelor of arts degree from Ohio State University where he majored in history. From there he went on to earn his J.D. from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, graduating with honors and as the Central Region Champion of the Jessup Moot Court Competition, 1993-1994. Over the course of his legal career, attorney Funkhouser has handled thousands of cases, he has successfully conducted criminal jury trials for over 13 years and he has experience handling death penalty cases.

The Meranda Law Firm LTD was created in 2008 by attorney Zachuary Meranda with a focus on criminal defense representation. In 2009, Zach was joined by a partner, his attorney wife Rossia Meranda, whose expertise lies in the areas of family law and juvenile delinquency. Shortly after Rossia joined the team, the husband and wife team was joined by attorney Edward Itayim, a former classmate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Ed also contributes enormously to the areas of criminal defense, juvenile delinquency and domestic relations. With 8 years experience in the United States Marine Corps, Ed adds a wealth of knowledge and experience to the law firm.

The Meranda Law Firm handles virtually all types of misdemeanor and felony cases on the state and federal level including: assault, domestic violence, federal crimes, white collar crimes, sex crimes and serious violent felonies. For more information about the firm’s practice areas or to schedule a private consultation with an attorney at the firm, please call (614) 707-4239 or visit the firm’s website online at http://www.merandalaw.com.

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