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  • Assault

    The latest posts for Assault are listed below.
    • 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 ...

    Checkpoint

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    • Keeping Your Memorial Day OVI Free

      With Memorial Day weekend only a few weeks away, many people are planning festive celebrations to kick off the official beginning of summer. If part of your festivities involves drinking alcohol, ensure that you have a course of action to avoid an OVI arrest since there will most likely be a lot more Ohio police officers out this weekend to keep an eye out for drunk drivers, as well as OVI ...
    • DUI CHECKPOINT UPDATE

      The Ninth District Court of Appeals recently came out with an important decision regarding probable cause to arrest at DUI checkpoints. The case arose in Summit County, Ohio and is captioned State of Ohio v Steven Hopp. DUI checkpoints have been frequently used in Ohio. At these checkpoints the police set up at a location and stop motor vehicles passing through to check for signs of impaired ...
    • 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 ...

    Criminal Defense

    The latest posts for Criminal Defense are listed below.
    • What Does It Mean to Have Possession "With Intent"?

      Possessing drugs whit the intent to distribute them is a criminal offense that is punishable by both fines and imprisonment. In this blog, we explain the differences between possession , intent to distribute, and possession with the intent to distribute. What Is Possession? Possession of a controlled substance is illegal at both the state and federal level. Possession is not just the act of ...
    • What Is Identity Theft?

      Identity theft is an illegal offense where stolen information is used to commit fraud . Identity thieves steal and use your personal information to apply for credit cards, file taxes, or obtain medical services. An identity theft can ruin your credit history and cost you substantial amounts of money to restore your name. Unfortunately, you might not know that your identity has been stolen until ...
    • 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 ...

    Criminal Mischief

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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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Domestic Violence

    The latest posts for Domestic Violence are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Drug Crimes

    The latest posts for Drug Crimes are listed below.
    • What Does It Mean to Have Possession "With Intent"?

      Possessing drugs whit the intent to distribute them is a criminal offense that is punishable by both fines and imprisonment. In this blog, we explain the differences between possession , intent to distribute, and possession with the intent to distribute. What Is Possession? Possession of a controlled substance is illegal at both the state and federal level. Possession is not just the act of ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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, ...

    Drugged Driving

    The latest posts for Drugged Driving are listed below.
    • 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 ...

    DUI

    The latest posts for DUI are listed below.
    • DUI CHECKPOINT UPDATE

      The Ninth District Court of Appeals recently came out with an important decision regarding probable cause to arrest at DUI checkpoints. The case arose in Summit County, Ohio and is captioned State of Ohio v Steven Hopp. DUI checkpoints have been frequently used in Ohio. At these checkpoints the police set up at a location and stop motor vehicles passing through to check for signs of impaired ...
    • Police Dash Cams and Their Use in DUI Cases

      As technology continues to improve, the use of video cameras in dashboard cameras and body cameras by police has increased dramatically. These videos are now a crucial part of a DUI case. Dashboard mounted cameras are continuously running. Most will automatically turn on and record when the officer activates his overhead lights, but they can be manually activated as well. Once turned on the camera ...
    • What To Do If You Are Pulled Over and Have Been Drinking

      Police Officers everywhere are putting an increased emphasis on DUI enforcement. As a result more and more people are being pulled over for minor traffic violations. Every year many people who felt they were perfectly fine to drive are arrested for DUI. The following is an explanation of a common sense way to conduct yourself if you have been pulled over and have been drinking. The first thing you ...

    Expungement

    The latest posts for Expungement are listed below.
    • Ohio Expungement Eligibility

      A criminal record can have rippling effects years after the initial crime took place. Securing employment and housing may be difficult along with the stain left on your reputation for all to see. Ohio has a solution for this problem. For people who have paid their time, learned their lesson, and have been fully rehabilitated, there is a legal process called expungement. Expungement is a legal ...

    Felony

    The latest posts for Felony are listed below.
    • Examining Ohio's Criminal Law: Statute of Limitations

      Statutes of limitations set forth the maximum time period within which the government may charge an individual with the commission of a crime. Failing to level the charges within the applicable time period will likely result in dismissal of the case. Ohio Statute of Limitations While the statute of limitations usually varies with the crime, generally, violent crimes have a longer statute of ...
    • Supreme Court Rules Police Can Search Home Without Consent

      Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark 6-3 decision holding that police, under certain circumstances, may conduct a search of a residence over the objection of the owner. In Fernandez v. California (2014), Los Angeles, California police officers confronted the defendant, Walter Fernandez, who was suspected of involvement in a robbery, at his home. Fernandez told the officers ...
    • Ohio's Eight District Court of Appeals Addresses Propriety of Traffic Stop

      Last Thursday, Ohio's Eighth District Court of Appeals issued a decision in State v. Jones (8 th Dist. 2014), 99837, holding that police officers improperly detained a motorist for having an obstructed license plate after the officers had approached the vehicle and had no problem reading the plate. The case stems from a traffic stop by Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority police officers of ...

    Important DUI Info

    The latest posts for Important DUI Info are listed below.
    • 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 ...

    Juvenile Crimes

    The latest posts for Juvenile Crimes are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Marijuana Legalization

    The latest posts for Marijuana Legalization are listed below.
    • Ohio Votes Against Legalization of Marijuana

      On November 3, 2015, the voters in the State of Ohio voted against Issue 3 for the legalization of recreational and medicinal marijuana. In the past three years, the states of Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia have all passed the legalization of recreational marijuana. The vast majority of these states started by legalizing medicinal marijuana. Although the parties ...

    OVI

    The latest posts for OVI are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • Penalties for OVI & Child Endangerment

      The crime of “child endangerment” is a criminal act or failure to act which places a child’s health or safety at risk of imminent danger. Ohio law regarding endangering children is design to protect those who are unable to help themselves, such as children under 18 years of age and physically or mentally handicapped individuals under 21 years old. Creating a substantial risk to the health or ...
    • Keeping Your Memorial Day OVI Free

      With Memorial Day weekend only a few weeks away, many people are planning festive celebrations to kick off the official beginning of summer. If part of your festivities involves drinking alcohol, ensure that you have a course of action to avoid an OVI arrest since there will most likely be a lot more Ohio police officers out this weekend to keep an eye out for drunk drivers, as well as OVI ...

    privacy

    The latest posts for privacy are listed below.
    • What Is Identity Theft?

      Identity theft is an illegal offense where stolen information is used to commit fraud . Identity thieves steal and use your personal information to apply for credit cards, file taxes, or obtain medical services. An identity theft can ruin your credit history and cost you substantial amounts of money to restore your name. Unfortunately, you might not know that your identity has been stolen until ...
    • 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 ...

    Search and Seizure

    The latest posts for Search and Seizure are listed below.
    • 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 ...

    Search warrants

    The latest posts for Search warrants are listed below.
    • 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 ...

    Sex Crimes

    The latest posts for Sex Crimes are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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, ...
    • 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. ...

    The Fourth Amendment

    The latest posts for The Fourth Amendment are listed below.
    • 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 ...

    Violation of Probation

    The latest posts for Violation of Probation are listed below.
    • 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 ...

    White Collar Crimes

    The latest posts for White Collar Crimes are listed below.
    • Common White Collar Crimes

      White collar crimes are nonviolent crimes that can range from fraud to tax evasion. Many of these are considered federal offenses and carry steeper punishments and higher fines. These are often heard in the news regarding corporate America’s fortune 500 companies but anyone can be found guilty of a white collar crime. Some of the more common white collar crimes include wire fraud, identity theft, ...
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