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  • Am I Eligible for Expungement in Ohio?

    If you were convicted of criminal charges, you no doubt have already realized that the consequences of a conviction reach beyond your fines, jail time, and other penalties. With a criminal record, it can be difficult to find employment, housing, and more, not to mention that it can put a strain on existing personal and professional relationships. An expungement can seal your criminal record, ...
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  • What Crimes Require Sex Offender Registration?

    In 2008, Ohio adopted the Adam Walsh Act. This changed Ohio’s Sex Offender Registration laws by classifying sex offenders by tiers, rather than by the previous designations of “Sexual Predator” or “Sexually Oriented Offender”. Sex Offender Tier Classification System in Ohio Under Ohio law, sex offenders must register on a periodic basis that is determined by their Tier classification. ...
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  • Penalties for OVI & Child Endangerment

    The crime of “child endangerment” is a criminal act or failure to act which places a child’s health or safety at risk of imminent danger. Ohio law regarding endangering children is design to protect those who are unable to help themselves, such as children under 18 years of age and physically or mentally handicapped individuals under 21 years old. Creating a substantial risk to the health or ...
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  • Keeping Your Memorial Day OVI Free

    With Memorial Day weekend only a few weeks away, many people are planning festive celebrations to kick off the official beginning of summer. If part of your festivities involves drinking alcohol, ensure that you have a course of action to avoid an OVI arrest since there will most likely be a lot more Ohio police officers out this weekend to keep an eye out for drunk drivers, as well as OVI ...
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  • Most Common OVI Mistakes

    If you were recently arrested for an OVI in Ohio, there is still a possibility that your case can be entirely dismissed or have your charges reduced significantly. You need to be aware of the potential mistakes which could have adverse effects on your case. The following are the most common mistakes that could jeopardize your pending OVI case: Say something incriminating. There is often no way of ...
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  • What to Do If My Child Faces OVI Charges?

    In Ohio, persons under the age of 21 who are charged with drunk driving offenses face a different situation compared to those who are over 21 years old. Although the BAC for those age 21 and over is .08%, the limit for those under the age of 21 is .02%. Those who under 21 years old are prohibited from consuming alcohol, which is why the limit is reduced significantly compared to those who can ...
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  • Examining Ohio's Criminal Law: Statute of Limitations

    Statutes of limitations set forth the maximum time period within which the government may charge an individual with the commission of a crime. Failing to level the charges within the applicable time period will likely result in dismissal of the case. Ohio Statute of Limitations While the statute of limitations usually varies with the crime, generally, violent crimes have a longer statute of ...
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  • DUI CHECKPOINT UPDATE

    The Ninth District Court of Appeals recently came out with an important decision regarding probable cause to arrest at DUI checkpoints. The case arose in Summit County, Ohio and is captioned State of Ohio v Steven Hopp. DUI checkpoints have been frequently used in Ohio. At these checkpoints the police set up at a location and stop motor vehicles passing through to check for signs of impaired ...
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  • Ohio's "Good Samaritan" Law For Drug Overdoses

    Ohio has recently enacted a “Good Samaritan” law pertaining to the prosecution of persons for a minor drug possession offense after seeking medical assistance for themselves or another regarding a drug overdose. The following is a brief overview of the new law. The law is part of O.R.C. 2925.11 Possession of Controlled Substances. It was recently enacted in response to the current heroin epidemic ...
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  • Police Dash Cams and Their Use in DUI Cases

    As technology continues to improve, the use of video cameras in dashboard cameras and body cameras by police has increased dramatically. These videos are now a crucial part of a DUI case. Dashboard mounted cameras are continuously running. Most will automatically turn on and record when the officer activates his overhead lights, but they can be manually activated as well. Once turned on the camera ...
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  • What To Do If You Are Pulled Over and Have Been Drinking

    Police Officers everywhere are putting an increased emphasis on DUI enforcement. As a result more and more people are being pulled over for minor traffic violations. Every year many people who felt they were perfectly fine to drive are arrested for DUI. The following is an explanation of a common sense way to conduct yourself if you have been pulled over and have been drinking. The first thing you ...
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  • Little Known Traffic Violations Used By The Police To Stop And Check For DUIs. Part 2

    There are a number of traffic violations which many people don’t even realize are against the law. These violations are often used by the Police and Highway Patrol to make traffic stops, especially at night to check for impaired drivers. This is part of a series of blogs I will be writing to provide information on some of these offenses. The next offense we will discuss is “Operating in a Weaving ...
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  • Little Known Traffic Violations Used By The Police To Stop And Check For DUIs. Part 1

    There are a number of traffic violations which many people don’t even realize are against the law. These violations are often used by the Police and Highway Patrol to make traffic stops, especially at night to check for impaired drivers. This is part of a series of blogs I will be writing to provide information on some of these offenses. The first offense we will discuss is Ohio Revised Code ...
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  • What to Know about Ohio's New Open Container Law

    A bill was passed by the House and Senate in Ohio that would allow an adult to carry an open container of alcohol in “outdoor refreshment areas”. Governor Kasich signed the bill and it is effective immediately. Provided the alcohol was purchased in a designated zone, these areas would be exempt from normal city open container laws. The objective of the bill is to create tourist friendly ...
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  • Thinking About Drinking At The Republican Convention?

    Following the miraculous victory of the Cleveland Cavaliers, anyone who found themselves celebrating in Northeast Ohio witnessed something not seen in fifty-two years, a championship. Following game seven, and especially during the victory parade, the people of Cleveland could be found not only celebrating in the local bars, but also on the streets. Even with the presence of police it was not ...
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