1. Pre-Charge Representation: How It Works

    Dec 28, 2017 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 pr…Read More

  2. How You Can Fight Back Against False Allegations of Domestic Violence

    Dec 21, 2017 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 hav…Read More

  3. What Happens if I Violate My Probation?

    Oct 18, 2017 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 viola…Read More

  4. Do I Need an Attorney for a Misdemeanor?

    Oct 11, 2017 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…Read More

  5. When Can a Juvenile Offender Be Tried as an Adult?

    Sep 26, 2017 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 …Read More

  6. Defenses for Marijuana Possession

    Sep 12, 2017 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…Read More

  7. Can I Apply for a Hardship License?

    Aug 28, 2017 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 p…Read More

  8. Is Marijuana Legal in Ohio?

    Aug 9, 2017 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 qua…Read More

  9. Am I Eligible for Expungement in Ohio?

    Jul 26, 2017 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 …Read More

  10. What Crimes Require Sex Offender Registration?

    Jul 12, 2017 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 class…Read More