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  • Is a Parent Liable When Their Child Commits a Crime?

    There are a variety of situations that parents need to worry about when it comes to their children. From schoolyard fights that end with broken bones, to shoplifting and even horrific acts of mass murder, the question of who can be held responsible for these acts is commonly raised by parents. In this blog, we answer the following question: Can a parent be held responsible for property or personal ...
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  • Challenging Sexual Assault Accusations

    There are a few different defenses that you can use to challenge an accusation of sexual assault . In this blog, we explain each of these defenses. Claiming Innocence The most basic defense against sexual assault accusations is claiming you are innocent. You can use an alibi to show that you could not have committed the crime because you were not at the location at the time the alleged assault ...
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  • 5 Mistakes People Make When They Are Charged with a Criminal Offense

    In this blog, we break down 5 common mistakes that people make when facing criminal charges . # 1: Making Decisions Without the Guidance or Advice of an Attorney Perhaps the worst thing you can do when you are being charged with a criminal offense is to agree to terms without first discussing your case with an experienced lawyer. In this situation, you should really consider getting advice from a ...
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  • Why You Should Hire a Lawyer If You Are Charged With a Drug Crime

    When you are charged with a drug crime, the first step you should take is to seek out an experienced lawyer who is familiar with drug crime laws. Hiring an attorney is important, especially if you want to preserve your reputation and future. In addition to the damage that these charges can have on your livelihood, they also carry heavy punishments and penalties. The following factors can impact ...
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  • Bills signed by the Governor on December 22, 2017; Effective: In 90 days

    Governor Kasich recently signed Senate Bill 33 into law. Senate Bill 33 amended certain sections of the Ohio Revised Code, and created one new section. The bill essentially makes two important changes for criminal defendants. First, it allows the State to disclose information from the law enforcement automated data system (LEADS) to defendants in criminal or traffic cases. Second, it allows judges ...
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  • Pre-Charge Representation: How It Works

    Sometimes a criminal accusation involves a crime so severe, the accused suffers extreme consequences without ever being officially convicted – or even charged. For example, someone accused of a sex crime can be shunned in social settings, lose employment opportunities, or even lose parental rights if they are going through a divorce. The best bet to keep reputations intact and to prevent ...
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  • How You Can Fight Back Against False Allegations of Domestic Violence

    Due to the tragic implications of a domestic violence accusation , law enforcement officials and investigators always take such accusations with the utmost seriousness. In some states or counties, police officers must make an arrest when responding to a domestic violence call, even if there is no evidence of violence actually at the scene. To this end, domestic violence accusations have become a ...
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  • What Happens if I Violate My Probation?

    Violating probation is a serious offense, but it does not necessarily mean you will automatically go to jail. The consequences of your violation will depend on a range of different factors, including the nature and seriousness of the violation, if you previously violated it, and if there were any other circumstances that might impact the severity of the situation. Punishment for violating your ...
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  • Do I Need an Attorney for a Misdemeanor?

    We all know that not every crime is treated equally. Depending on the severity of an offense, a punishment can be minimal or life-altering. As such, many believe that misdemeanors are on the lighter end of the offense spectrum and, therefore, might not be a big enough deal to warrant legal representation. This is a mistake, however, since misdemeanors can include jail time and, if you are not ...
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  • When Can a Juvenile Offender Be Tried as an Adult?

    Typically, the juvenile court is much more lenient in punishments than adult court. According to the law, kids are far more likely to respond well to rehabilitation and counseling, so a child might be assigned a less severe sentence than the average adult. However, in some cases, children do get charged as adults and serve adult sentences. Ohio law states a child can only be tried as an adult if ...
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  • Defenses for Marijuana Possession

    While medical marijuana was recently ruled more or less legal for some drug users with permission from their doctors, others who don’t have qualifying conditions or who want to use the drug recreationally might still be charged for possession of marijuana. Not only could you face prosecution by the state of Ohio, but you could also be federally charged. For those who are caught with the drug, ...
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  • Can I Apply for a Hardship License?

    When people have been arrested for and convicted of operating a vehicle impaired (OVI), they usually lose their licenses for a specific period of time. Driving, after all, is considered a privilege, not a right. However, for people who depend on their cars to get to and from work, for example, they might be able to apply for what is called a hardship license. Hardship licenses allow people to ...
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  • Is Marijuana Legal in Ohio?

    As of 2016, some people are allowed to use marijuana, but they must have medical permission to do so. Ohio’s new medical marijuana law gives patients an affirmative defense against a drug charge if they have a doctor’s note and meet certain criteria. According to the law, a patient’s doctor must certify in writing a bona fide relationship exists, the patient has 1 of about 20 qualifying ...
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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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