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Blog Posts in January, 2016

  • What is Assault?

    The term “assault” has many definitions and covers a very broad range of crimes. It can be vaguely defined as when one person injures or tries to injure another person. Depending on the type of assault, it can be charged as a misdemeanor to a felony with varying penalties. Under Ohio law, you don’t even have to “try” to assault someone to face criminal charges. You can also face serious penalties ...
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  • What you need to know if you have been arrested for Domestic Violence

    In Ohio, domestic violence is unlike any other criminal law in that there is an official preferred arrest policy in place. First of all, let's understand what we mean by domestic violence. Domestic violence is basically to cause or attempt to cause physical harm to a family or household member. A family or household member could be a spouse, a person living as a spouse, children, or even brothers ...
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  • Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced recently that he is pledging $3 million grant to help colleges and universities improve services for campus sexual assault victims. The recent rise in sexual assaults on college campuses can be disturbing and have been on the rise. In 2013, Ohio campuses reported 242 sexual assaults which are up from 227 in 2012 and 195 in 2011. The unsettling part is ...
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  • What you need to know about Field Sobriety Tests

    In Ohio, there are three types of field sobriety tests that are commonly used by police officers who are investigating a possible DUI case. These tests have been promulgated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, otherwise known as NHTSA. The three tests commonly used are the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus , which most people refer to as the "eye test" or the "pen test", The Walk and ...
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  • Successful Alternate Solutions For Domestic Violence Cases

    Summit County is leading the way in how domestic violence cases are handled in the state of Ohio. Nearly four years ago, the court started ordering treatment in some cases rather than jail time or prison sentences. In 2011, the state’s first Domestic Violence Court was created and has had several success stories since then. The program’s objective is to uncover the core reason why the offense ...
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