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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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  • 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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  • Marijuana use and D.U.I.

    We are currently seeing an increase in arrests for Driving Under the Influence for persons suspected of using marijuana. As Ohio moves towards the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use this situation is likely to increase even further. The Ohio law prohibiting Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence (commonly referred to as O.V.I. or D.U.I.) covers alcohol and/or drugs ...
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  • Why You Should Resist Resisting Arrest

    In Ohio, you can be charged with resisting arrest if you forcefully resist arrest or interfere with an officer arresting someone else. The important thing to note here is that the arrest must be lawful, meaning an officer cannot arrest you just because they do not like your attitude. You must give the officer probable cause to arrest you. In order to be convicted with resisting or interfering with ...
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  • Texting While Driving Could Cost You More

    While it is currently illegal to text while driving in the state of Ohio, it is only a secondary offense. This means a police officer must pull you over for some other illegal act such as speeding or improperly changing lanes. There is a bill pending that could turn texting while driving into a primary offense meaning that this is all you have to do to be pulled over. Under Ohio Revised Code ...
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  • Small Crimes, Big Penalties

    There are a lot of small, very common laws that most people break on a daily basis because they either do not know it is illegal or they assume that everyone else is breaking it so there is no harm done. However, if you are charged with this crime, the punishment can be much worse than you initially think. Here are some laws that are frequently broken and their potential penalties. Nearly every ...
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  • Juvenile Crimes

    In Ohio, a child can be charged as an adult and will be vulnerable to the same punishments for violating the law. Young people can make a mistake that will have repercussions for years. It can result in a criminal record, education and employment difficulties, and create a cycle of illegal activity. Some common juvenile crimes include: ●Traffic offenses ●Drug/alcohol possession ●Violent/fighting ...
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