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Blog Posts in 2016

  • 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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  • St. Patrick's Day and DUI checkpoints - Breaking News!

    BREAKING NEWS! Summit County Task Force is preparing for a significant presence on St. Patty's day! It is reported that there will be multiple DUI checkpoints throughout the Summit County area. It is confirmed that the Summit County Task Force will be conducting Checkpoints on Market street next to the WQMX radio station and on West Exchange between Rand and Maple from 7 PM to midnight. Please be ...
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  • Stealing Street Signs is a More Serious Crime than You May Think

    It’s common to see a street sign, stop sign, or construction sign in a college dorm, fraternity house, or apartment. Chances are that if you went to college, you’ve seen at least one of these during your time there. Have you ever wondered where those signs come from though? Is there a novelty sign store where you can purchase old signs or are they taken straight off the street? Stealing a street ...
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  • Probation Violation Consequences

    Some courts in Ohio do not take violating probation lightly and could really punish the violator. In some cases, a judge could order you to serve the remainder of your sentence in jail and can even add more jail time. Under Ohio law, a prosecutor must show a “preponderance of the evidence” that the violation occurred. This means that they must prove that it is more likely than not that the ...
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  • Law Enforcement Must Follow the Rules Too

    When it comes to OVI/DUI cases, there are rules for drivers to follow and rules for the police to follow. Failure to do so can result in consequences for both sides. For the driver, it can be anywhere from jail time to suspended license. The consequence for the law enforcement is to not be able to use that evidence against the driver. The Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administered Code states that ...
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  • Increase in Drugged Driving in Ohio

    Many drivers might not know that drugged driving results in the same penalties as drunk driving in the state of Ohio. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has reported that higher number of teens driving while under the influence of marijuana than alcohol. According to a survey, 1 in 6 teens reported to driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs within the last two weeks and 1 in 4 ...
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  • Understanding Search and Seizure

    The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution limits the power of the law enforcement to arrest, search people and their property, and seize objects. This article is the backbone of the search and seizure law. It is all about privacy. It protects people against “unreasonable” searches and seizures by state or federal law enforcement officials. On the contrary, it does allow “reasonable” searches ...
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