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If you are the subject of a criminal investigation, you may be feeling concerned and anxious for your future. Furthermore, if you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you will want to give yourself every possible advantage for your upcoming court appearances. Every criminal accusation is a serious matter and you need to act quickly to protect yourself.

Hiring a Toledo criminal defense lawyer to handle your case is the first step in the right direction. An attorney from Groth & Associates will provide essential help to protect your Constitutional rights while you are in police custody . We put our full effort into collecting evidence that refutes a prosecutor’s case and argues for a just outcome in Northwest Ohio courtrooms. Get in touch with our team as soon as possible so that you are on solid legal ground.


Any criminal charge is a cause for concern. Criminal accusations are serious, and State and Federal felonies carry prison time. As a rule, these are offenses where convictions can bring at least one year or more in prison as a penalty, such as drug trafficking, felonious assault, felony domestic violence, fleeing and eluding the police, and theft.  More serious charges include murder, manslaughter, rape, gross sexual imposition, Federal offenses and aggravated vehicular homicide.

Our attorneys are prepared to step in to protect your rights and freedoms of individuals facing felony-level charges. Even cases that fall under the umbrella of misdemeanors can bring lengthy jail sentences and create a criminal record upon conviction. Serious examples include:

In all cases, our Toledo criminal defense attorneys will fight for you to either bring the case to trial to defend or work to resolve the case.

Domestic Violence
Drug Trafficking
Gun Charges
Child Custody

What Our Clients Say

Read through some testimonials from prior clients who testify to our experience and professionalism
Mr. Williams and his team were very swift with my case. He took the time out of his personal time to ensure that he responded to the opposing counsel. Mr. Williams also coached me and guided me in regards to compliance. If you are in need of any legal services...
- Kendall Harvey Sr
Hopefully you are never in need of a divorce lawyer, but if you do, Aaron Misthal with Groth & Associates will go above and beyond make sure you are taken care of. The knowledge and experience of this law firm in your corner will protect your assets, and the individual...
- Steve Oberhauser
Joshua Williams has been a most amazing professional person. He’s been an important peace to my growth and family I recommend him to everyone I hear looking for a wonderful person who gets the job done
- Joshua Thomas
Our experience with Attorney Stevin Groth was nothing short of life changing. When we first contacted Mr. Groth, he gave us his cell phone number and we were able to directly contact him day or night. His knowledge of the Ohio judicial system was astounding. He handled all aspects of...
- Al and Jennifer


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Stevin J. Groth

Stevin J. Groth, originally from Davis, California established Groth and Associates in 2001. Prior to that he was an Assistant Lucas County (Ohio) Prosecutor, handling felony criminal and civil matters for the Lucas County Commissioners and their Agencies. After that experience, he was a founding partner with a mid-sized general practice law firm in Toledo.

He is licensed in Ohio, and in the Northern and Southern United States District Courts of Ohio, as well as the Southern District of Michigan. He has successfully handled complex matters in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and California.

Stevin is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Ohio Academy of Justice, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Lucas County Bar, the Wood County Bar, the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and many other community related organizations.

Allison Groth

Allison grew up in Toledo, attending and graduating from Catholic schools locally. She is well known in both the legal community and the community at large, with a strong network.

Steven L. Crossmock

Steven Crossmock has been an attorney licensed since 1989. He has practiced in the Northwest, Ohio area since being admitted to the Ohio Bar. His practice has concentrated in the areas of representing injured people and defending the rights of the accused.

Steven is currently licensed in Ohio as well as the Federal Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Steven has been admitted and represented clients in the States of Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee and Kansas. He has briefed cases before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Steven has authored Friends of the Court (Amicus) for cases pending in the Ohio Supreme Court. Steven has orally argued cases in front of the Ohio Supreme Court.

Hank Schaefer

Hank Schaefer is a native of Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Toledo School of law in 2008. He is licensed in Ohio and has been practicing law for over ten years.

Joshua E. Williams

Joshua E. Williams joined Groth and Associates in 2016 as an intern. He continued to work at Groth and Associates as a criminal defense paralegal and trial specialist while he pursued his undergraduate degree.

Joshua grew up in Toledo, attending Roy C. Start High School and the University of Toledo. While attending UT, Joshua earned his A.A.S. and B.S. in paralegal studies where he specialized in litigation and trial practice. Joshua was then a law clerk for Groth and Associates as he attended the University of Toledo College of Law, where he earned a full academic scholarship.

While attending UT Law, Joshua represented his law school for two consecutive years in the Ohio Attorney General’s mock trial competition where he took home top honors of best witness and best attorney in 2019.

Providing a Proactive Defense

Every person facing a criminal charge deserves aggressive legal representation through every stage of their case. Even if an arrest has not yet happened, a lawyer could help someone determine which actions will be in their best interest. Once in police custody, a Toledo criminal defense lawyer could fight to ensure that the defendant is afforded every right that is granted to them under the law. This protection continues through the date of arraignment where a lawyer argues for fairer bail conditions.

We work tirelessly during all court sessions across Northwest Ohio, up to and including a final trial. This includes the introduction of evidence that disputes a prosecutor’s claims, filing motions to exclude controversial evidence, and presenting defenses to the jury that may help raise the idea of reasonable doubt in their minds. In summation, a Toledo criminal defense lawyer is prepared to help every step of the way.

Contact a Toledo Criminal Defense Attorney Now

Every moment during a criminal case in Northwest Ohio is a critical moment. From the time that you become aware of an investigation, to the arrest, arraignment, trial, and sentencing, it is important that you have someone by your side every step of the way to advocate for you. A Toledo criminal defense lawyer is your partner on this difficult journey. Our aim is to create reasonable doubt in the State’s case while protecting your Constitutional rights at every turn. Give us a call today to learn how we could help you in your time of need.

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