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Blog Posts in 2011

  • Ohio State Highway Patrol To Crack Down On Drunk Driving During Holiday

    Yesterday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol issued a press release stating that it "will be out in full force this holiday season removing dangerous and impaired drivers in an effort to reach historic lows in the number of people killed on Ohio's roadways in 2011." According to the press release, traffic fatalities increased to 1,080 over the record low of 1,022 recorded in 2009. The OSHP took the ...
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  • Obama Calls For Tougher Penalties For Financial Crimes

    In a speech given last Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama, called for improved oversight and accountability for financial firms, suggesting that harsher punishments should be imposed for criminal acts. Obama's proposal quickly followed that of chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission , Mary L. Schapiro , to raise the level of available civil penalties for violations of securities ...
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  • Defense Attorneys For Barry Bonds Request Leniency In Sentencing

    The SF Gate reports that Tuesday, defense attorneys for former Giant's baseball star Barry Bonds asked U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston for leniency in imposing sentence upon Bonds after he was convicted of obstruction of justice in connection with his testimony about steroids to a federal grand jury. Bonds was convicted in April of trying to thwart an investigation into steroid ...
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  • Increase In Ohio Arrests Over Thanksgiving Holiday 2011

    Today, the Ohio State Highway Patrol issued a press release stating that there were fewer traffic fatalities this Thanksgiving than the previous two years. During the reporting period, between November 23 and November 27, only 14 people were killed on Ohio's roadways, a decrease from 2009 and 2010 when 20 and 18 people lost their lives. Although traffic related fatalities were down, DUI/OVI ...
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  • Successfully Challenging Blood-Alcohol Testing In Ohio

    Over the last decade, blood testing has become the favored form of evidence against those accused of DUI/OVI in Ohio and across the nation. As a result, it has become necessary for attorneys defending such charges to familiarize themselves with the testing protocols and potential sources of error that could occur during the blood collection and analysis process. The process of blood collection and ...
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  • Common Causes of Error in Breathalyzers: Homeostatic Variables

    There are many common sources of error in the use of breathalyzers, devices designed to measure the amount of alcohol in an one's breath. Homeostatic variables, i.e. the differences in biological makeup of individuals, can have a drastic effect on the results of a breath test. The computers inside breathalyzers work by multiplying the amount of alcohol in an individual's breath sample by a factor ...
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  • Examining Ohio's Criminal Law: The Rights of the Accused

    In Ohio, individuals who have been charged with a crime have the benefit of certain statutory and constitutional rights designed to protect their interests. To determine what your rights are following an arrest on criminal charges, you must first determine what type of crime you've been charged with. Criminal offenses in Ohio are categorized into two categories, misdemeanors and felonies based on ...
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  • Barberton Man Sentenced to Two-Year Prison Term for Pit Bull Attack

    James O. Henderson, of Barberton, Ohio, has been sentenced to two years in prison for allowing his pit bull to charge another man and his puppy. Henderson, 48, plead guilty late Monday to felonious assault, a second-degree felony. Authorities state that on June 17, 2011, Henderson was walking his leashed pit bull in Barberton the dog attempted to attack another unidentified man's puppy. After ...
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  • Akron Woman Charged with Death of 13 Month Old

    An Akron woman stands charged with once count of reckless homicide and one count of child endangering after allegedly leaving the 13-month-old girl in her care inside a parked vehicle on a 90-degree day. Lisa Scott, 42, an Akron child care provider, is accused of leaving Aolani McCray inside an SUV for several hours on Sept. 2, 2011. McCray was found unresponsive at approximately 2 p.m. and later ...
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  • Second Ohio Woman Dies As The Result of Stop Sign Prank

    A second woman who had been injured in a crash at an Circleville, Ohio stop sign, concealed with petroleum jelly and plastic wrap as a prank, died Tuesday after being hospitalized for several weeks. Jeanne Shea, 81, of Circleville, was injured on August 17, 2011, when she drove through the hidden stop sign at Huber-Hitler Road and state Route 56 East, colliding with another vehicle. Shea's ...
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  • How to Get Your Felony Charges Dismissed in Ohio.

    The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides those individuals that have been accused of a crime with the right to a " speedy trial ." The Ohio Legislature codified this right with Ohio Revised Code Section 2945.70 , entitled "Time for Trial." The relevant portion of Section 2945.70 provides: A person against whom a charge of felony is pending: (1) Notwithstanding any provisions ...
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  • Former Ohio State Representative Robert Mecklenborg Pleads Guilty to Indiana Drunk Driving Charges

    On July 18, 2011, we posted a blog regarding now resigned Ohio State Representative Robert Mecklenborg's Indiana arrest for an April 23 drunken driving charge. Mecklenborg, 59, was driving 2004 Lexus with temporary Kentucky license plates on U.S. route 50 in Dearborn County at 2:47 a.m. when he was pulled over by an Indiana state trooper for having a front headlight out. After refusing to submit ...
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  • What Happens to Your Car After a DUI/OVI?

    In addition to other penalties and license suspension , Ohio mandates the immobilization or seizure of an individual's vehicle if they have multiple convictions for DUI/OVI . Those penalties are summarized in the following chart. No. of Offenses in 5-Years Impoundment of Plates Immobilization of Vehicle Vehicle Forfeiture Immediate Vehicle Seizure 1st Offense No No No No 2nd Offense 90 Days 90 ...
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  • Akron Man Arrest for Spring Hill Shooting

    Tuesday, 19-year-old Akron resident Darius Rashawn Junius turned himself in to police and was charged with aggravated murder and other felonies in connection with a fatal shooting that occured Sunday at Spring Hill apartments in Akron. The shooting claimed the life of Brielle Robins, 18, and injured two other men who were hit by gunfire during the incident. Robins was shot in the chest while ...
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  • The Real Cost of a DUI/OVI

    According to the recent article DUI: The $10,000 Ride Home , by MSN Money correspondent Christopher Solomon, the total expected costs of dealing with a first time offense for DUI/OVI can be in excess of $10,000.00. In the article, Solomon states, "If you need any more reasons not to drink and drive, consider this: A driving-under-the-influence conviction is a financial wrecking ball. A typical DUI ...
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