Rittgers & Rittgers,  Attorneys at Law

Southwest Ohio Full-Service Law Firm

Rittgers & Rittgers, Attorneys at Law

12 East Warren Street
Lebanon, Ohio 45036

Phone(513) 932-2115
Fax (513) 934-2201

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.

Languages: English

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: College Student Offenses; Drug Trafficking; Felonies Misdemeanors; Forfeiture; Internet Crimes; Marijuana Possession and Trafficking; Parental Sex Crimes; Prescription Drugs; Traffic Violations; Vehicular Homicide; Marital Property Division; Parental Rights; Retirement Savings; Spousal Support; Distracted Driving Accidents; Drunk Driving Accidents; Head-On Collision; Hit-And-Run Accidents; Rear-End Collisions; Teen Driver Car Accidents; Motorcycle Passenger injuries; Road Hazards; Recreational Vehicle Accidents; ATV Accidents; Drunk Truck Drivers; Fatal Truck Accidents; Truck Driver Error; Trucking Company Negligence; Truck Tire Blowouts; OVI; Commercial Driver OVI; Driver’s License Suspension; Drugged Driving; Multiple OVIs; Child Injuries; Neonatal Medical Malpractice; Insurance Claim Disputes; Uninsured/Underinsured Accidents; Amusement Park Accidents.

Areas of Law Description

- 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.


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.

- 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.

- 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.


Charles Rittgers Mr. Charles H. Rittgers
Criminal Law, Personal Injury


  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Articles Published by Rittgers & Rittgers, Attorneys at Law

 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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Videos Provided by Rittgers & Rittgers, Attorneys at Law

Why am I receiving mail after I have been injured

Charlie M. Rittgers: “Many people wonder why they receive mailings from attorneys after they’ve been in car crashes. What a lot of people do not know is that lawyers hire outside companies to go through traffic crash reports. They go to the police station, they look for people’s addresses and they send mailings soliciting business. A lot of lawyers also work with chiropractors and the chiropractors call injured individuals trying to get them to come to their office for treatment. We never do that. We’ve never sent a mailing nor do we partner with chiropractors who call individuals to try to solicit the business. Most of our clients are referred to us. What you should know is that a lot of the firms that do the mass mailings are going to have a number of files and they are going to try to turn your case over very quickly without taking the time that your case deserves. I’m Charlie Rittgers, of Rittgers and Rittgers. We have several office locations in Southern Ohio and eleven (11) attorneys who concentrate in injury law, criminal defense and family law.”

How do I get my license back after I’ve been charged with an OVI

Charlie M. Rittgers: “If you’ve been charged with an OVI in Ohio, you were likely given a law enforcement administrative license suspension that either says that your license has been suspended for ninety (90) days or one year if it’s a first offense. Many people ask, “How can they take my license if I’m still innocent, if I haven’t been convicted of anything?” Under Ohio law, the state says that if you test and test over the legal limit or if you refuse to test, your license will be suspended during the pendency of the case. What you should also know, however, is that you lawyer can get you driving privileges. You should call Rittgers & Rittgers and we can help you get your license back while your case is pending. I’m Charlie Rittgers, of Rittgers and Rittgers. We have several office locations in Southern Ohio and eleven (11) attorneys who concentrate in injury law, criminal defense and family law.”

What is uninsured and underinsured motorists insurance coverage

Charlie M, Rittgers: “Many people ask us what uninsured, underinsured motorists’ coverage is. Underinsured and uninsured motorists coverage protects you in the event you are struck by a driver that either doesn’t have auto insurance or does not have enough auto insurance to cover your injuries and damages. Everyone should look at their policy and get as much uninsured, underinsured coverage as they can afford. We typically recommend a minimum of one hundred thousand (100,000) dollars in uninsured, underinsured motorists’ coverage. What people don’t know is that the state limits in Ohio for liability are only twenty five thousand (25,000) dollars. What people also don’t know is that you can go to the BMV and get a driver’s license without showing proof of insurance. So there are a lot of drivers on the roads that have very little coverage; and a lot of drivers on the roads that have no coverage. To protect your family and to protect you, please make sure that you have at least one hundred thousand dollars (1000,000) dollars in uninsured, underinsured motorists coverage. I’m Charlie Rittgers, of Rittgers and Rittgers. We have several office locations in Southern Ohio and eleven (11) attorneys who concentrate in injury law, criminal defense and family law.”

What should you know about domestic violence

Charlie M. Rittgers: “At Rittgers and Rittgers we frequently handle domestic violence cases. What a lot of people do not know is that when a charge of domestic violence is levied a protection order is in place. And the alleged victim and the accused are not permitted to have any communication whatsoever. A lot of people also do not know that regardless of whether or not the accuser, the alleged victim, wants to dismiss the case, the government does not have to do it. The Judge and prosecutor do not need to dismiss the case simply because the accuser wants it dismissed. If you’ve been accused of domestic violence or you’re the alleged victim of domestic violence, you should contact a competent attorney who has successfully handled a number of domestic violence cases immediately. I’m Charlie Rittgers, of Rittgers and Rittgers. We have several office locations in Southern Ohio and eleven (11) attorneys who concentrate in injury law, criminal defense and family law.”

What should I do if I have been stopped by the police after I have been drinking?

Charlie M. Rittgers: “We are often asked what a person should do if they are pulled over after they have been drinking. Always have your license, proof of insurance and registration ready to hand to the officer when they are at your window. Secondly, be polite. The officers have a difficult job and being polite might help you if you are charged. Third, remember that you’re on camera. Your voice can be heard, your body language and all your actions can typically be seen on camera, so remember that. Finally, know that you’re allowed to refuse all tests. You’re not only allowed to refuse the breath test but you are also allowed to refuse the field sobriety tests. So if you’ve been drinking, please remember, be polite, be prepared and refuse all the tests. I’m Charlie Rittgers, of Rittgers and Rittgers. We have several office locations in Southern Ohio and eleven (11) attorneys who concentrate in injury law, criminal defense and family law.”

What should I do if I have been contacted by the police?

Charlie M. Rittgers: “People often ask what should they do if they have been contacted by the police. People often say, “Well, if I contact a lawyer won’t I look guilty?” The answer to that question is, smart people contact lawyers before they talk to the police. Guilty people don’t necessarily do that; but all smart people contact lawyers before they speak with the police. The police are not necessarily your friends and the police are allowed to lie to you. Please contact a competent criminal defense attorney if you’ve been contacted by the police regardless of whether or not you think you are under a criminal investigation. I’m Charlie Rittgers of Rittgers & Rittgers. We have several office locations in Southern Ohio and eleven (11) attorneys who concentrate in injury law, criminal defense and family law.”

Rittgers & Rittgers Client Testimonial

Kim: “On Sunday morning we were getting ready to go on a short trip.”
Charlie M. Rittgers: “Tammy and Kim were in the back seat of a vehicle that was traveling on I-75 when a semi tractor trailer ran into the back of their car.”
Tammy: “I don’t remember a lot from the accident itself but from hearing what the others have said you know I you know it was pretty overwhelming.”
Charlie M. Rittgers: “When you look at Tammy, she speaks like a normal person, she looks like a normal person and outwardly you cannot see any injuries. So it was our job to show the trucking company the true damage and the extent of the damage they caused that day on the roadway. And we focused on who Tammy was before this crash, compared to who Tammy is now.”
Tammy: “It took me about a year of physical therapy so, I had a few setbacks here and there but I’m doing pretty good now.”
Charlie M. Rittgers: “They received a number of calls from chiropractors, to their home and cell phone. They also received a number of letters from law firms who were tying to get the case.”
Tammy: “After meeting with Charlie he pretty much told us what to expect, what was going to happen and that he would they were here to take care of everything. We wouldn’t have to deal with anything; the bills, the multiple bills, the doctors, things like that.”
Charlie M. Rittgers: “One of the greatest satisfactions for me as an injury attorney is to see a settlement or verdict alleviate a person’s financial burdens.”
Tammy: “They had our backs.”
Kim: “Yeah, I agree. And there’s a personal contact there that seemed like it come through there’s some genuineness there that were caring about the persons other than just the case itself.”
Charlie M. Rittgers: “For Tammy and Kim, knowing that they have this settlement will alleviate any stress, any unknownness to whether or not they’ll have the ability to afford medical treatment in the future if it’s needed. Or whether or not they’ll have the ability to stop working if work becomes difficult, and knowing that they’ve achieved this settlement will take that stress off their plate.”

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

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]

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