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  • Congratulations Benjamin Sorber: 2019 Super Lawyers Rising Star!

    Here at DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder, the legal team is proud to announce that Attorney Benjamin Sorber, one of our top-rated criminal defense attorneys in Akron, was selected by Super Lawyers as a 2019 Rising Star. This is Attorney Sorber’s first honor from Super Lawyers, and we are confident that we’ll see more to come in the future. Benjamin Sorber: A Brief Profile Benjamin Sorber has been an ...
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  • 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 ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 ...
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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 ...
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  • What to Do If My Child Faces OVI Charges?

    In Ohio, persons under the age of 21 who are charged with drunk driving offenses face a different situation compared to those who are over 21 years old. Although the BAC for those age 21 and over is .08%, the limit for those under the age of 21 is .02%. Those who under 21 years old are prohibited from consuming alcohol, which is why the limit is reduced significantly compared to those who can ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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