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Attorney John Bates defend clients accused of crimes in state and federal criminal prosecutions, including traffic offenses, drunk driving, misdemeanors and felonies. He also handles appeals and post-conviction relief. Attorney John Bates has previously worked with the Office of the Ohio Public Defender in the death penalty section when the State of Ohio first reinstated capital punishment in 1981. Additionally, Mr. Bates is a member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers.

Whatever your legal situation is, if you are being questioned or investigated and don't know what your legal rights are, you should exercise your right to remain silent and then obtain legal counsel as soon as you can. You should always be courteous and respectful with law enforcement. It is important to hire an attorney and let the attorney assist you in your defense or plea bargain.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

Criminal Defense

  • Traffic Offenses
  • Misdemeanors
  • Domestic Violence
  • Felonies
  • Weapons Violations
  • Concealed Carry Weapons (ccw) Issues
  • Concealed Handgun License (chl) Issues
  • Texting/Sexting
  • Internet Pornography Crimes
  • Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings

Call Attorney John Bates today at 614-221-3630 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Profile

Attorney John H. Bates


  • Ohio, 1993
  • Michigan, 1998 (conditioned upon residency)
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 2010


  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio, May 1992, J.D.
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, March 1987, M.A., Educational Theory & Practice
  • Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, May 1984, B.A., Political Science and History

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association (Bankruptcy, Criminal and Juvenile Law Committees)
  • Franklin County Association for Justice
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Ohio Auto Theft Investigators Association
  • National Eagle Scout Association

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