Criminal Defense

Cases We Handle

Fighting for Clients in Central Ohio 

The criminal justice system is extensive and can be unforgiving. From arrest to trial and in some cases incarceration, a person may encounter challenges at each touchpoint which is why it is crucial to have a legal advocate on their side. 

If you have been accused of a crime, our Columbus criminal defense attorney can help. At the Law Office of Matthew Doyaga, LLC we recognize the unimaginable emotional toll criminal accusations can take on a family. Our team of dedicated legal advocates offers personalized counsel backed by experience and a successful track record. Our firm is passionate about helping our clients secure their futures and protect their freedom. 

Call our Columbus criminal defense lawyer at (888) 490-7958 for more information.



Cases We Handle

At the Law Office of Matthew Doyaga, LLC we work with a variety of criminal cases including:  

  • OVIs 
  • Domestic Violence
  • Gun Charges 
  • Theft

Our attorney consults with each client personally and offers personalized legal strategies that account for the client’s needs and the specific elements of the case. No two cases are the same and neither should the legal strategy. When our clients entrust their cases to us, we work tirelessly to ensure that their rights are protected every step of the way. 



Understanding Arrests 

An arrest is not an arbitrary action by law enforcement. There are processes police must  follow to perform an arrest legally. The two legal principles by which law enforcement abide include probable cause and reasonable suspicion. 

Probable cause is the grounds for arrest. When law enforcement has probable cause, they possess hard evidence to support the claim that a person committed or participated in criminal activity. Police must have clear and objective circumstances to support their claim. Without probable cause, police cannot legally make an arrest and may not receive a warrant from the judge. 

Reasonable suspicion is an inclination or supposition that a person may be involved in criminal activity. This differs from probable cause in that it is suspicion without concrete evidence. A law enforcement officer may suspect criminal activity based on context clues or hearsay. 

For example, an officer may observe a suspicious interaction between two people in a public park. The police officer may notice a small bag with an unidentified white substance, but unless they can prove that it is an illegal substance, or that either individual is actively violating the law, they cannot make an arrest. 

Special Circumstances

In some cases, reasonable suspicion and probable cause may intersect. Often, when a police officer suspects a person of driving recklessly or under the influence, they may discover proof of wrongdoing. For example, officers may ask the driver to perform a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer to gain proof that the person was breaking the law. In other cases, the officer may discover alcohol or drug paraphernalia in the car after pulling the driver over. 

In both circumstances, the officer has reasonable suspicion that the driver is under the influence and finds probable cause to support an arrest for OVI. 

Trustworthy Counsel Backed by Experience 

The Law Office of Matthew Doyaga, LLC understands how devastating criminal charges can be and we offer a variety of legal services to help our clients protect their best interests. Our attorney has helped countless clients through the most challenging phases of their lives and offered support and guidance every step of the way. 

When you choose our firm, you are gaining an advocate and fierce defender. Attorney Matthew Doyaga is passionate about helping those who need it most and meets each client personally. Each case is important to our firm, and we treat our clients with the compassion and care they deserve.

 Have you or a loved one been accused of a crime? Contact our Columbus criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Matthew Doyaga, LLC.


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