Charles M. Rittgers

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Lebanon, OH

Rittgers & Rittgers, Attorneys at Law
 | 12 East Warren Street, Lebanon, OH 45036
Phone: 513-548-5098
Fax: 513-934-2201
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%)
Attorney Profile

As an attorney at Rittgers & Rittgers, Attorneys at Law, Charles M. Rittgers is committed to representing clients in West Chester, Cincinnati and Lebanon, Ohio, as well as those across the state. He also represents clients in Florence and throughout Kentucky. Mr. Rittgers focuses his practice on criminal defense, DUI and OVI cases. He also represents plaintiffs in personal injury matters.

In 2006, Mr. Rittgers earned a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College. He then received a Juris Doctor and graduated cum laude in 2010 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. While in law school, he was part of the school's Law Review and made the dean's list.

Suffering an injury or facing criminal charges comes with serious consequences. Mr. Rittgers analyzes every detail of a case. He then provides counsel about when a settlement or a plea is appropriate and when going to court is the best option. A fierce advocate in and out of the courtroom, Mr. Rittgers strategizes to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients in every matter he takes on.

Among his successes, Mr. Rittgers obtained a jury verdict of $9 million for a motorcycle accident victim. For his accomplishments, Mr. Rittgers holds an Avvo "Superb" rating and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

A regular speaker and published author, Mr. Rittgers has been asked to share his legal opinions on local and national media. He also is active in the legal community, holding memberships in the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Warren County Bar Association and the alumni advisory board of the Law Review at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (40%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Personal Injury - General (30%): Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%): DUI/DWI

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, DUI/DWI

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Rising Stars: 2013 - 2019

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White Papers

  • Motorcycle Whitepaper (2014) - Ohio Motorcycle Injury Lawyer

  • OVI Whitepaper (2017) - Ohio OVI law

  • About Charles Rittgers

    Admitted: 2010, Ohio

    Professional Webpage: http://www.rittgers.com/Our-Team/Charles-M-Rittgers.shtml

    Honors/Awards:

    • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Certified Member
    • Super Lawyers Rising Stars list
    • Top 40 Under 40 by the American Trial Lawyers Association

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Warren County Bar Association, 2019
    • Ohio Association of Justice - PAC Member, 2019
    • Cincinnati Bar Association - Scheduled Speaker, 2019
    • Ohio Association of Justice , 2018
    • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Committee Member, 2019
    • Ohio Association of Justice - Scheduled Speaker, 2019
    • Warren County Bar Association, 2018
    • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Committee Member, 2018
    • Law Review Alumni Advisory Board for the University of Cincinnati College of Law

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Pro Bono.  Represented the Estate of Khloe Pitts - a three year old - who was tragically killed as she walked in a crosswalk with her mother and father after leaving the Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights.  Investigated potential liability against the Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Police, and ODOT.  Settled the case for the insurance policy limits for the automobile and helped the family through the criminal, probate and civil process.  Despite the recovery from the insurance policy, did not take a fee as counsel for Khloe's estate. , 2017
    • Represented a 17 year old boy who was charged as an adult for Murder pro bono after being requested to help by several people who knew the true character of the defendant.  Acquited of the Murder charge after a jury trial in Butler County Common Pleas Court., 2013
    • Freestore Foodbank service day with OAJ, 2019

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Spoke to bar members on Annie Law OVI update, Speaker, Ohio OVI Update, Warren County Bar Association, 2017
    • Spoke to a group of northern Kentucky and southern Ohio attorneys about the most common documents necessary to fight for maximum recovery in injury and death cases.  Shared the most common documents related to injury practice.  Gave a primer on anchoring and thinking in large numbers.  Helped educate and combat subrogation recovery., Keynote Speaker, Obtaining Maximum Recovery in Injury and Wrongful Death Cases, The Lawyers Club of Cincinnati, Injury, Lawyers, Trial Lawyers, 2019

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Not guilty jury veridict in Public Indecency trial after no real plea bargain was offered by the prosecutor. http://countycourt.co.warren.oh.us/BenchmarkCounty/CourtCase.aspx/Details/249216?digest=y705Y7oafNmCrtsOzYK1FA, 2018
    • $5,000,000.00 truck crash settlement working with co-counsel in Butler / Warren County crash case., 2018
    • $2,100,000.00 partial settlement of wrongful death against nursing home, 2019
    • $500,000 settlement for policy limits in a farm burn accident after insurance initially denied all coverage to family, 2018
    • $1,100,000.00 settlement for policy limits in a non-death motorcycle crash, 2018

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    Educational Background:

    • Lebanon High School
    • Dartmouth College, B.A., 2006
    Office Location for Charles M. Rittgers

    12 East Warren Street
    Lebanon, OH 45036

    Phone: 513-548-5098

    Fax: 513-934-2201

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    Last Updated: 4/9/2019

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