Ohio Criminal Defense and Family Law Firm

Rittgers & Rittgers

Rittgers & Rittgers
312 Walnut Street, Suite 1600
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Phone(513) 932-2115

Website www.rittgers.com
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Law Firm Overview

Rittgers & Rittgers, Attorneys at Law is based in Lebanon, Ohio and specializes in criminal defense. Rittgers & Rittgers serves clients throughout Southwest Ohio and the surrounding areas as a top ranked law firm with a long track record of success. The firm was founded by spouses Charles H.
Rittgers and Ellen B. Rittgers and they have been defending clients in criminal cases for the past 30 years. With 75 years of combined experience Rittgers & Rittgers has established a strong reputation with the Ohio legal community and has gained the trust of past and prospective clients.

Attorney Charles H. Rittgers has been invited to appear on numerous TV outlets, including the O’Reilly show, Inside Edition and CNN. Due to his track record of success, ninety percent of Charles Rittgers’ clients have been referred by other lawyers or former clients. Charles and Ellen Rittgers are joined by their son, Charles M. Rittgers, along with carefully selected attorneys to form the legal team of Rittgers & Rittgers. If you have been accused of a crime, you want to choose a law firm who is trusted and tested in criminal defense. Rittgers & Rittgers, Attorneys at Law have the experience, expertise and reputation to ensure that their clients receive the highest level of legal representation.

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Misdemeanors, Vehicular Manslaughter, Vehicular Homicide, Gross Sexual Imposition, Importuning, Forfeiture of Assets, OVI, Marital Property Division, Step-Parent Adoption, Police Brutality.

Areas of Law Description

At Rittgers & Rittgers, our attorneys offer legal representation on the following areas of practice:

- Criminal Defense

The criminal defense lawyers at Rittgers & Rittgers have over 75 years of combined legal experience fighting for the rights of those accused of crimes. We provide aggressive defense representation in a wide range of criminal matters, including both felonies and misdemeanors in state and federal courts. Our vast experience including prosecuting cases ranging from aggravated murder to DUI enables us to put that experience to work for you.


The state of Ohio treats drunk driving very seriously, and the potential penalties for an OVI conviction are severe. It is important to work with an attorney who can effectively handle your case. With over 75 years of combined legal experience, our Warren County OVI defense lawyers at Rittgers & Rittgers have the knowledge required to fight your DUI/DWI/OVI arrest — no matter what circumstances you may be facing.

- Family Law

The family law attorneys of Rittgers & Rittgers understand that the legal issues involved in matters such as divorce are only some of the challenges you will face in the process. We understand the interrelated nature of the emotional, financial and legal issues that affect any family law dispute. We are experienced trial attorneys. We are also trained in collaborative law, a model which allows resolution of disputes without judicial intervention. We have the experience and knowledge to protect your rights from the negotiation table to the courtroom.

- Divorce

The divorce lawyers of Rittgers & Rittgers are prepared to help you resolve your disputes in the manner that works best for you and most suits your needs. Throughout our over 75 years of combined legal experience, we have remained on the cutting edge of divorce and family law techniques. Whether your needs are best served through collaborative law or through litigation, we can help. We will take the time necessary to understand your needs and goals and work with you to determine the best strategy to meet them.

- Personal Injury

The personal injury law firm of Rittgers & Rittgers has over 75 years of combined legal experience protecting the rights of seriously injured people throughout Ohio. We understand the steps that need to be taken to get you the compensation you are entitled to. We are caring and straightforward in our approach to personal injury cases. We will talk to you at the outset, letting you know about your options, as well as all possible outcomes. We will make certain that there are no surprises along the way.


  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Association for Justice
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers

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 Driving After Dark or DUI: Which Poses the Worst Danger for Teen Drivers?

Everyone knows that teen drivers are more likely to be involved in accidents, and statistics have long shown that motor vehicle accidents are the primary cause of death among young people. But how do the various dangers that escalate teen accident rates compare?

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 Prescription Drugs and DUI: Challenges to Prosecution of Suspects

Drugged driving cases involving prescription drugs are often dependent on an officer's subjective assessment of the driver's intoxication.

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 Ohio Parochial School Principal Accused of DUI

People accused of DUI in Ohio should consider all of the consequences of a high profile arrest and prosecution.

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 Examining the Causes of a Deadly Ohio Truck/Pedestrian Accident

A recent Ohio truck/pedestrian accident shows how sometimes an attorney must dig deep to uncover evidence of liability for a wrongful death.

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 Ohio Leads Nation's Surge in Female OVI

When Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced an increased targeting of impaired drivers, he specifically noted the national increase in female drivers arrested under drunk driving charges.

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 New Scholarship Program for Local Students $10,000 to be Awarded to Warren County Seniors

Rittgers & Rittgers will award four scholarships totaling $10,000 to deserving high school seniors in Warren County Ohio.

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 Ohio Implements New Intoxilyzer 8000

The state of Ohio has purchased 700 new Intoxilyzer 8000 machines designed to measure breath alcohol levels. The machines cost $6.4 million, with a grant from the federal government footing the bill.

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Divorce and Collaborative Law

ELLEN B. RITTGERS: The common misconception is I can't do collaborative because there's too much here. We have multiple businesses and high income. And that actually is the perfect case.
JASON A. SHOWEN: Collaborative law is a great way of approaching domestic relations cases.
ELLEN B. RITTGERS: I think the biggest thing is the fact that the two parties work together. And so then if they have any children, they're not going back and forth to court.
They are not turning their lives over, their finances, or their children to somebody in a robe who's going to listen to the facts and make orders.
JASON A. SHOWEN: They are on the front lines making the decisions for themselves.
ELLEN B. RITTGERS: You sign a contract, which lays out all of the rules. In difficult cases, you might bring in a third collaborative lawyer to help work with all four parties around the table.
JASON A SHOWEN: If we're representing somebody, we're going to tell them what the realities of their case is.
ELLEN B. RITTGERS: If they work together and they're not fighting each other, they're going to pay less in attorney fees.
JASON A. SHOWEN: 90% of all domestic relation cases, they come and hire us. They end up settling. Any way that we can start approaching now to address getting these people beyond whatever issues are causing them to break up and focus on the future and future communication is a great step in the right direction.
ELLEN B. RITTGERS: You are working toward agreement and building an agreement.
[GRAPHIC: Rittgers & Rittgers, 12 East Warren St, Lebanon, Ohio 45036, Personal Injury, Motor Vehicle, Premises Liability, 866-629-8639 Rittgersinjurylaw.com]

Family Law Attorneys

ELLEN B. RITTGERS: In domestic relations practice or family law practice, I focus on divorce and custody. Divorce, of course, will involve division of all assets, allocation of debt, the matters of spousal support. I think of custody as almost a different area of the law. We're focusing on the children or on the child.
JASON A. SHOWEN: Bad things happen to good people at lot. It's a very emotionally charged business. It's a very emotionally charged situation. It's next to death. Many think divorce is the most devastating thing that could happen to somebody.
There's so many areas inside of a domestic relations case that have the potential of going awry that you may need the court's assistance, which may mean that you have to physically try the case.
RENEE L. CRIST: One party might accuse the other of either abusing them, harassing them, stalking them. So then the other party has the option to go in the domestic relations court and ask for a civil protection order. And what that does is that then prevents the other party from continuing to abuse, harass, and stalk them. And then they have to move out of the residence at that time.
JASON A. SHOWEN: It's something that's prevalent in society today, whether we like it or not. You spend a lot of time in the courtroom. And you're constantly preparing for court. You're constantly preparing how to try the case, your witnesses. Divorce is as traumatic as a death in the family may be.
ELLEN B. RITTGERS: It's a more emotional area of law than many other areas of law.
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Criminal Defense Lawyers, Warren County, Ohio

CHARLES H. RITTGERS: When we receive a call from someone who's being investigated by the police, that individual is usually in need of immediate legal assistance. And we are very prompt in responding to that individual.
JASON A. SHOWEN: When you have a case involving a criminal issue, the stakes are so high because we're talking about life and liberty at that point in time, depending on the severity of the crime, severity of the situation.
The fear factor for our client is very high. And therefore, they want to have someone who can instantly understand their circumstances, put it in a way that they can understand what the possible ramifications are, and then make sure that they are treated as the judicial system is set up in the most fair and effective way possible.
CHARLES H. RITTGERS: They should not talk to the police without first consulting with us. These people are frightened. They are not aware of their rights. And they also do not understand that the police are not looking out for their interests. The police have focused on them for whatever reason. Sometimes, police are correct. Oftentimes, they're not correct.
NICHOLAS D. GRAMAN: I wanted to do something where I'd be in the courtroom as often as possible. And criminal defense gives me the opportunity to be in the courtroom nearly every day.
CHARLES H. RITTGERS: If anyone is arrested or if the police are just wanting to ask questions, they need to obtain legal advice from a competent criminal defense lawyer.
[GRAPHIC: Rittgers & Rittgers, 12 East Warren St, Lebanon, Ohio 45036, Personal Injury, Motor Vehicle, Premises Liability, 866-629-8639 Rittgersinjurylaw.com]

Ohio OVI, Drunk Driving Defense

CHARLES H. RITTGERS: OVI, which is operating a vehicle under the influence, is what most people would recognize as a DWI, DUI. Part of the new OVI statute is that they've clarified and classified certain drugs and the limited amount of drug you can have within your system should they decide that you're impaired of using a drug, like cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines, et cetera.
NICHOLAS D. GRAMAN: The main concern people have who have been charged with a drunk driving offense usually is what kind of impact it's going to have on their license and their ability to get around. And then they're also concerned about the loss of their freedom.
CHARLES H. RITTGERS: Your rates will go up once your insurance company finds out that you've been convicted of OVI. You're usually placed on probation. Or if you're a car dealer and you're convicted of OVI in Ohio, you're going to lose your dealership. You could lose your job if you work for an insurance company.
NICHOLAS D. GRAMAN: They're concerned they're not going to be able to drive, to take care of their kids, to go to work, to be able to earn a living.
CHARLES H. RITTGERS: I'm certified in field sobriety testing. I've taken the same course that the law enforcement officers take. And when I'm in the courtroom and I hear their testimony as how they gave the field sobriety test to my client, I want to make sure that they've done them correctly. And I can safely say that in over 90% of the cases that I have had that the officer never has done those tests correctly.
It's not necessarily against the law to drink and drive. It's against the law to drive impaired. I have three or four Ohio Supreme Court cases that have changed the law in Ohio when it comes to OVI. We believe we're usually at the cutting edge of the OVI defense.
[GRAPHIC: Rittgers & Rittgers, 12 East Warren St, Lebanon, Ohio 45036, Personal Injury, Motor Vehicle, Premises Liability, 866-629-8639 Rittgersinjurylaw.com]

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

CHARLES H. RITTGERS: Motorcycle accidents are different as far as the extent of the injuries. A motorcycle operator is not protected like a car driver with sheet metal all around them. Car drivers usually don't pay any attention to motorcyclists. They don't see them. When they do see them, they don't see them as a threat.

They're more likely to take the chance in pulling out in front of a motorcyclist.

Motorists will often blame the motorcycle rider for the accident by claiming that they were going too fast, they weren't wearing a helmet, when in fact it's the car driver who isn't obeying the rules of the road.

Because we're playing with the radio, talking on our cell phones, we lose our concentration. And for whatever reason, we may go over the double yellow line. We may go off the edge of the road. And we may ignore that red light because we're too busy talking or having an argument over the cell phone. Or we're turning around, making sure that our child is seatbelted in.

Oftentimes, that failure results in some serious injuries to some third party that was minding their own business. We all are required as drivers to follow the rules of the road.

[GRAPHIC: Rittgers & Rittgers, 12 East Warren St, Lebanon, Ohio 45036, Personal Injury, Motor Vehicle, Premises Liability, 866-629-8639 Rittgersinjurylaw.com]

Truck Accidents

CHARLES H. RITTGERS: A trucker is a professional driver. They should be held to a higher standard, specifically because they have a special license, which is called CDL. And they are driving an instrument of death if it is not properly maintained and taken care of and driven according to the rules of the road.

When a person is injured or killed in a collision with a semi, they need to look at the personnel file of the truck driver, whether he has criminal convictions, what is his training, whether he's ever been cited before. They need to look at the inspection records of the semi. They need to look at cell phone records. Was the truck driver texting, going 65 miles an hour.

The load that they're carrying shifted, possibly because it was not properly loaded to begin with. There are so many things that a lawyer needs to look at.

JASON A. SHOWEN: The insurance companies are going to fight you tooth and nail about the smallest or the biggest of injuries. No matter how obvious or how easily proven, they are going to run you through. And therefore, you have to have a firm that's going to be able to understand that, defend it.

CHARLES H. RITTGERS: In order to try and make their lives whole again.

[GRAPHIC: Rittgers & Rittgers, 12 East Warren St, Lebanon, Ohio 45036, Personal Injury, Motor Vehicle, Premises Liability, 866-629-8639 Rittgersinjurylaw.com]

Car Accident Injury Lawyers

CHARLES H. RITTGERS: The bulk of our personal injury practice is car accidents. The people that we normally represent are the people that are seriously injured in the car. That could be a passenger, could be multiple passengers, could be the driver of the car itself.

There are different avenues in attempting to collect monies for these people and the lost wages for their pain and suffering, for their medical bills. And those sources include not only the wrongdoer's insurance company but also our clients' own insurance, uninsured, underinsured motorist coverage.

There are certain injuries that the insurance industry tells us, well, they're not really injuries. They put a bad connotation on whiplash as if that's not an injury. A whiplash injury can be as serious as a broken leg or a broken back. And the reason for that is whiplash injury causes scarring to muscles and tendons. And when the muscles and tendons rub on that scar tissue, it causes severe pain.

And if you are a blue-collar worker who works hard labor by lifting and doing what's required in your job on a daily basis, you might not any longer be able to hold that job because of the pain. There is no charge for that initial consultation.

[GRAPHIC: Rittgers & Rittgers, 12 East Warren St, Lebanon, Ohio 45036, Personal Injury, Motor Vehicle, Premises Liability, 866-629-8639 Rittgersinjurylaw.com]

Cincinatti Personal Injury Law

If you have been injured in an accident or suffered injury, it is important to speak to an attorney. Before meeting with your attorney, it is wise to prepare information relating to your injury. This checklist provides different types of information you may be asked to bring to an initial meeting with your personal injury attorney.

Rittgers & Rittgers, Law Firm Overview, Ohio Attorneys

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CHARLIE H. RITTGERS: I'm Charlie Rittgers. I'm Founding Partner of Rittgers & Rittgers. I've been practicing law since 1978.
ELLEN B. RITTGERS: I'm attorney Ellen Rittgers, one of the founding members of Rittgers & Rittgers. I've been practicing law since 1979. My husband and I decided to come together and form this firm because of our experience in different areas of the law.
CHARLIE H. RITTGERS: Our attorneys give each case that we take in 100% of their attention.
RENEE L. CRIST: We mainly each have our own cases. They meet with us. And that's who they want to represent them. They've chosen us to represent them. And I think they want us to see them the whole way through the process.
JASON A. SHOWEN: The knowledge base that we have allows us to effectively represent the client 100%. There's very few things that any of us haven't seen or a variation of.
CHARLIE H. RITTGERS: I think what sets us apart is the fact that we actually try cases. There are a lot of lawyers that hold themselves out as criminal defense lawyers. Or they know how to do DUIs. Yet those lawyers have never, ever taken a case to trial.
JASON A. SHOWEN: People don't come here because they've got good news. They usually come here because there's something not good happening. And our goal is to take that and give them the best result that is possible with the situation given.
CHARLIE H. RITTGERS: We have offices in Lebanon, Ohio, Westchester, Ohio, and Cincinnati, Ohio. A prosecutor is not going to be afraid of some lawyer who they know will never take the case to trial.
[GRAPHIC: Rittgers & Rittgers, 12 East Warren St, Lebanon, Ohio 45036, Personal Injury, Motor Vehicle, Premises Liability, 866-629-8639 Rittgersinjurylaw.com]

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