Firm Overview

The Meranda Law Firm is dedicated to providing loyal, aggressive legal representation at an affordable rate for all of our clients. Our commitment and preparation far exceed client expectations. No matter the crime, whether it be a Felony, DUI/OVI, or any other Misdemeanor, the attorneys at The Meranda Law Firm demand the best possible result for each and every client. There is only one priority at The Meranda Law Firm - OUR CLIENTS.

The lawyers at The Meranda Law Firm also focus on all aspects of Domestic Relations Law including: Divorce, Dissolution, Legal Separation, Annulments, Child Custody, Allocation of Parental Rights, Child Support, Alimony, and also provide information on counseling services to help children cope with the emotional stress of a divorce. We understand that a divorce, especially when children are involved, can be an extremely difficult and emotional process. Unlike most firms, The Meranda Law Firm takes each case personally and treats the client as if we were taking care of our own family member.

The Meranda Law Firm was established in 2008. It has grown substantially in a short-period of time because the Attorney's at The Meranda Law Firm are dedicated to obtaining results for our clients by overcoming obstacles through dedication and hard work. The Attorney's at The Meranda Law Firm have an underlying motto, "If we are not happy then our clients are not happy." Because of this mentality, it has enabled our firm to expand and open a second office in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The majority of The Meranda Law Firms clientele base comes from referrals.

Example cases

Case Number 2009 CR 00238
Our client was charged with AGGRAVATED TRAFFICKING IN DRUGS (ECSTASY)(F2); AGGRAVATED POSSESSION OF DRUGS (ECSTASY)(F2); AGGRAVATED POSSESSION OF DRUGS (PSILOCYBIN MUSHROOMS)(F5); POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA (MM); and POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA (M4). As a result, our client was facing 17 years in prison and a $32,000 fine. Through persistence and aggressive advocacy, The Meranda Law Firm successfully negotiated the sentence to the mandatory minimum of 2 years and a $7,500 fine.

Case Number 2009 CR 00005
Our client was charged with BURGLARY (F4); ASSAULT (M1); ASSAULT (M1). As a result, our client was facing 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. After hiring The Meranda Law Firm, our client was granted an Intervention in Lieu of Conviction. Once our client successfully completes this program, she can have her record sealed. The effects of a sealed record are quite substantial and our client will be able to seek employment without having the concern of a tarnished record due to one indiscretion.

Case Number 2009 TR C 2500
Our client was charged with an OVI/DUI (high breath test) as well as FAILURE TO CONTROL after he was involved in a single-car accident. This was our clients 3rd OVI/DUI in his lifetime. Through endless negotiation with the prosecutor and judge, The Meranda Law Firm was able to mitigate the facts. The client received the absolute minimum for a high breathalyzer test, as well as the minimum fine.

Main Office

Main
33 West Main St.
Suite 205
Newark  OH  43055

Phone
  • (740) 349-8000
  • (614) 824-5373
Fax
  • (740) 349-0040

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

The Meranda Law Firm does offer FREE INITIAL CONSULTATIONS with no set time limit for all cases.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

There are discounts for all Military - Active, Reserve, or Retired Members. Moreover, there are discounts for new clients that mention Nolo's Lawyer Directory.

Criminal Defense and Divorce cases are extremely wide-ranging and can vary in complexity. For any Criminal Case, The Meranda Law Firm needs a thorough understanding of what issues are involved and what expectations the client has before quoting a specific price. Criminal cases are usually billed with a one-time, flat fee.

Divorce cases also vary in complexity and the issues could be quite different from one case to the next. The Meranda Law Firm charges an hourly rate in all Domestic cases with a varying up front retainer fee.

Hourly Rates

Flat Fee for Criminal cases. Divorce are billed on an hourly basis.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Spanish and Arabic.

Other Offices

  • Columbus Office
    729 South 3rd Street
    Columbus,  OH  43206

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Criminal Defense and Divorce Law are the two areas of practice that have the biggest impact on people's lives in my view. Most clients come to my office desperate and in need of someone that is just as passionate about their case as they are. Fortunately, all of the attorneys at The Meranda Law Firm take each case personally. For both of these areas of practice, the client has come to our office frustrated, stressed, scared, and in many instances angry. Relieving someone of that stress is one of the most satisfying feelings an attorney or anyone can get.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I am a firm believer that the client and I work together on their case. Because of this philosophy, I always welcome any insight my clients have on their issue. Oftentimes attorneys have a very structured way of thinking and our clients bring a different dimension and point of view to the case. Listening and encouraging clients to school themselves on their legal issue is an essential tool for attorneys, unfortunately it is often overlooked. At The Meranda Law Firm, this is one tool we do not take for granted.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Again, ALL of the attorneys at The Meranda Law Firm are meticulous when it comes to gathering all possible information regarding a case. If a client feels that a document is important, then it is a priority for all our lawyers. We certainly will not make a determination as to its relevance until we have thoroughly reviewed the document. A DUI/OVI or Divorce can be quite complicated and the smallest detail could change the case. Attention to detail is essential and demanded by myself and all attorneys that work for The Meranda Law Firm.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

In Criminal and Domestic cases I do not recommend someone represent themselves. Instead of coaching a client, it would be much more efficient to represent the client pro bono.

Zachuary T. Meranda

I began my legal career at the Washtenaw County Public Defender's Office. My passion for Criminal Defense grew with each moment as I witnessed a system that left me as the last line of defense. This is a responsibility that I take very seriously. My time as a Public Defender allowed me to gain experience essential to the practice of Criminal Law.

My career path then took me to Crabbe, Brown & James, LLP, in downtown Columbus, Ohio. This experience required extensive research and writing on complex legal issues. At Crabbe, Brown & James, LLP, I honed two very important legal skills. First, this position polished my writing skills to ensure that I mastered one of the single most valuable skills an attorney possesses, the ability to write persuasively. Secondly, I learned that in order to be a successful attorney you need to pay close attention to detail, mastering this skill has enabled me reach winning verdicts for my clients.

In pursuit to gain as much experience and legal knowledge as possible early in my career, I began working for Scotts Miracle-Gro Company as a contract lawyer. At Scotts, I assisted in all facets of Federal EPA investigations and audits of pesticide products manufactured and sold by an $8 billion dollar consumer products company. I was directly involved in reviewing and analyzing information related to pesticide registration.

After longing to have more personal relationships with clients, I decided to start The Meranda Law Firm. The two biggest areas of law that I thought directly impacted people's lives was Criminal Defense and Domestic Relations. Therefore, I began a firm completely dedicated to zealous representation in these two areas of law. Now with two other passionate attorney's working at my firm, clients can rest assured that their legal concern is handled by lawyers committed to getting what the clients want. The Meranda Law Firm is always available for our clients 24/7.

I do not believe that there is a single experience that has made me into the attorney that I am today. I believe that "life" in itself has honed me and made me into the attorney I am today. I believe that being straight forward and honest has enabled me to get to the heart of people's problems, and those clients know that I am not here to collect a check but to resolve a current life problem. Every attorney and non-attorney at The Meranda Law Firm has this attitude and perspective on life.

Every attorney at The Meranda Law Firm provides professionalism and is dedication to resolving our clients' legal matters in the most effective manner possible. We keep our clients informed on their cases and let them assist us in the decision making.

Personal interests:

Working out, going to social gatherings, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

License
  • Bar Number: 0083173
    Ohio , 2008
Education
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2008
    Lansing, MI
    Moot Court, Mock Trial, Grade Appeals Board, BAR/BRI Chairperson, Research Assistant, Dean's List, and Honor Roll.
  • Wright State University
    Bachelor of Arts , 2004
    Dayton, OH
    Political Science

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