Douglas A. Funkhouser

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbus, OH

Douglas A. Funkhouser Co., L.P.A.
 | 765 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43206
Phone: 614-443-5404
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011, 2015 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Douglas A. Funkhouser focuses his practice on criminal defense with a concentration on serious felony cases and specific attention to OVI/DUI cases. He founded the law firm of Douglas A. Funkhouser Co., L.P.A. in Columbus, Ohio in 2000.  Since founding his law firm, Mr. Funkhouser successfully defended serious felony cases and misdemeanor charges.  These cases involved charges of aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, rape, felonious assault, assault with a deadly weapon, theft, drug possession, domestic violence, sexual assaults, and white collar offenses.  Mr. Funkhouser's jury trial expereince is primarily in Franklin County, Ohio, but he also handles cases throughout central Ohio.  Mr. Funkhouser prides himself on being the most prepared attorney in the courtroom.   

Mr. Funkhouser graduated with honors and received his J.D. from Capital University Law School in 1995. He is a member of the Columbus Bar Association. Shortly after passing the Ohio and Federal Bar, Mr. Funkhouser became a Captain in the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate and was admitted to the U.S. Military Courts Bar.  Captain Funkhouser worked as a prosecutor in the Second Infantry Division stationed near the DMZ in South Korea and later as a legal adviser for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command in Virginia. He founded the law firm of Douglas A. Funkhouser Co. ., L.P.A. in 2000 after leaving the Army to focus strictly on criminal defense.

Douglas Funkhouser has several awards to his credit, including:

  • Selected to the Ohio Rising Stars list in 2009
  • U.S. Army Basic Parachutist Badge (Airborne)
  • Australian Royal Army Basic Parachutist Badge
  • Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal
  • Awarded the Army Commendation Medal
  • Awarded the National Defense Service Medal

Mr. Funkhouser strives to remain accessible and attentive to his criminal defense clients at all times. He possesses a unique combination of criminal defense knowledge, felony trial experience and service as a prosecutor in the military court system. This diverse background makes him an asset in the courtroom.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (40%): DUI/DWI

Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI: DUI/DWI

Criminal Defense: White Collar: White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2011, 2015 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2009

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White Papers

  • Changes to Ohio Expungement Law to Seal Criminal Records (2014) - In 2014 Ohio made significant changes to who and how someone can seal their criminal record.  Fortunately, these changes expanded the pool of qualified applicants.  It is important for people with eligible criminal records to know that they can seal otherwise damaging records. Ohio Changes Rules to Seal and Expunge Criminal RecordsNew Law Expands Who is Eligible for Expungement and Sealing Criminal Records By Douglas A. Funkhouser, Esq. For the second time in two years, the Ohio State Legislature passed a new law expanding the class of people eligible to seal a criminal record.  In 2012, Ohio Senate Bill 337 changed the requirement of “first offender” to “eligible offender,” expanding the types of convictions and how many convictions that a person can seal and expunge from their criminal record.   Now with the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 143, passed in June 2014 and effective September 19, 2014, the law further expands the qualifications for obtaining an expungement.  This means that individuals previously denied the expungement/sealing of their record may now be eligible.  The significant provisions of the new law include: •Applicants are now eligible to seal up to two misdemeanor convictions, regardless of whether the two convictions are for the same offense. • Clarifies that orders to seal records apply to entire case records and not just records of convictions. • Applicants are permitted to include records for more than one case in a single application.  Charging $50 for each case an applicant requests to have sealed is prohibited. • The court is no longer required to send notice of orders to seal records by certified mail, return receipt requested. The most impactful of these changes is that an individual with two convictions for the same offense may now qualify to have the records of those same offenses sealed.  Now those who are charged with or convicted of a repeat offense are no longer unduly penalized by being automatically disqualified from the ability to apply to have their records sealed.  It is important to understand that even if you now qualify to have you record sealed, expungement is not guaranteed and ultimately resides in the discretion of the court.   If you were not eligible for an expungement under the old law, and are not sure if you are eligible under the new expungement law, it is important to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney who can determine if you meet the requirements to be eligible for sealing of your record. Mr. Funkhouser is well-versed in Ohio laws regarding sealing criminal records and has successfully represented clients in the area.  Call Funkhouser Law at (614) 443-5404 to learn how Mr. Funkhouser can be of service to you.

  • About Douglas Funkhouser

    Admitted: 1995, Ohio

    Professional Webpage: http://funkhouserlaw.com/attorney-profile/

    Honors and Awards:

    • Graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Trial Advocacy Program, Okinawa, Japan, 1998.
    • Graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School, 1996.
    • Member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
    • Member of the Columbus Bar Association.
    • Admitted to the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1995.
    • Admitted to the Ohio Bar, 1995.
    • Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army, Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Overseas Ribbon, the Australian Royal Army Parachutist Badge, and the U.S. Army Basic Parachutist Badge.

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. Military Courts, 1996
    • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1995
    • State of Ohio, 1995
    • Member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Member of the Columbus Bar Association

    Verdicts and Settlements:

    • I successfully defended two separate rape jury trials so far in 2013.  In the first trial that concluded in January, the client was found not guilty of four counts of rape, thus avoiding a mandatory life sentence. In the second trial, that client was also found not guilty of several rape allegations that mandated a life sentence if convicted.  The second trial also resulted in a not guilty verdict for allegations of sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. , 2013

    Video:

    • Here is a video I did for the Columbus Bar Association covering a typical OVI traffic stop.  https://youtu.be/F5BOUeXP2Pw  , What to do when you are pulled over for an OVI?, 2014
    • I made this video for the Columbus Bar Association in conjunction with their series on informing the public about their rights.  I think this is a very important area that most people accused of a crime fail to look into when they are approached by law enforcement.  https://youtu.be/FIVWd4-YOmM  , What to do when you are accused of a crime?, 2014

    Educational Background:

    • Graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Trial Advocacy Program, Okinawa, Japan, 1998.
    •  Graduate, The United States Army Judge Advocate General's School, Basic Course. Charlottesville, Virginia. January, 1996 to April, 1996
    • Bachelor of Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, June, 1992: Major: History, Completed the Capstone Program with a minor in Business Administration.
    • Central Region Champion, Jessup Moot Court Competition, 1993-1994
    • Juris Doctor, Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio, May, 1995: Graduated with Honors: Order of the Barristers

    Industry Groups

  • Criminal Law Committee Of The Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio Association Of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Office Location for Douglas A. Funkhouser

    765 South High Street
    Columbus, OH 43206

    Phone: 614-443-5404

     

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