Columbus & Central Ohio Criminal Defense Attorney

Columbus Criminal Defense Attorney Joe Edwards

Columbus Defense Lawyer & Trial Attorney

A proven trial attorney and formidable litigator, Columbus, Ohio Criminal Defense Attorney Joseph Edwards has more than three decades of legal experience. Attorney Edwards has represented defendants in state & Federal criminal cases ranging from murder and internet sex crimes to felony drug cases, RICO, and conspiracy charges. With an unprecedented commitment to providing the best legal defense for his clients, Joe cares deeply about achieving the most favorable possible outcome for the clients he serves.

Joe’s extensive background in criminal law helps to give his clients a specialized insight when considering their chances in proceeding to trial or alternative case resolutions. He started his legal career working as an Assistant Attorney General in the federal litigation section under Ohio Attorney General Celebrezze then worked as an Assistant Prosecutor for the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office.

Having legal experience on “the other side of the bench” and working as a prosecuting attorney gives Attorney Edwards’ clients a unique perspective along with the requisite skill set, whether it proceeds to a high stakes jury trial or to deliver favorable, results-driven negotiations.

Legal Practice Areas

When you have been charged with a crime, you need experience on your side. As a former prosecutor, Attorney W. Joseph Edwards understands Ohio criminal law and how prosecutors build cases against defendants. For the past 30 years, he has represented individuals in local, state, and federal court.

Columbus Criminal Attorney

Since 1990, Attorney Edwards has operated his law practice in Columbus, Ohio focusing on criminal defense at the state and federal levels. Attorney Edwards has tried over one hundred felonies before a jury, argued more than ten cases before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and at least seven cases before the Ohio Supreme Court. He has handled over one-hundred fifty criminal appeals and has consistently represented persons accused in a diverse array of matters.

Columbus defense lawyer Joe Edwards provides his clients an honest case analysis and to-the-point approach to advocacy.

Columbus Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Throughout Ohio

From his law offices in Columbus, Edwards practices primarily in Central Ohio, focusing his practice in Franklin, Delaware, Madison, Licking, Pickaway, Ross, Fairfield and Muskingum counties. Additionally, Edwards practices throughout the Sixth Circuit, focusing mainly in the Northern and Southern Federal Districts of Ohio.

State Defense Attorney

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When you are facing criminal charges in state court, do not delay in protecting your rights. You need answers and want favorable results. Contact Attorney Edwards for help on your case at 614-309-0243.

Federal Defense Attorney

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If you are under federal investigation, or a potential witness for one, it is your right to hire an experienced federal defense attorney immediately and prior to meeting with any federal agents on the case.  Any responses you give to investigators can directly relate to any impending charges. These investigations include drug conspiracies, fraud, cyber crimes, obstruction of justice, and more.

Drug Charges

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A person can be charged with drug offenses in either State or Federal Court. Drug charges can range from PossessionTrafficking, Cultivation of Marijuana, Corrupting Another with Drugs, and Deception to Obtain Dangerous Drugs.

Violent Crime Charges

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Under Ohio Law, offenses of violence can range from misdemeanor charges to capital murder cases where the defendant faces the death penalty.


This type of case can offer legal defenses such as  self-defense, proper identification, causation and constitutional issues (such as Miranda rights and illegal searches).

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