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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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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Ohio State Highway Patrol To Crack Down On Impaired Driving Over New Year's Holiday

    Earlier this week the Ohio State Highway Patrol issued a press release urging Ohio motorists to drive sober over the upcoming New Year's Holiday and notifying drivers that Troopers will continue the OSHP's crack down on impaired driving. According to the OSHP, troopers have arrested over 23,000 motorists this year for impaired driving. The Attorneys from DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder wish you a safe ...
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  • Ohio Senate To Consider Proposed Changes To Self Defense Law

    Last year, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford, Florida, this blog discussed the difference between Ohio's current self-defense law, commonly known as the "castle doctrine" and Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law of self defense. Ohio's castle doctrine states that an individual is entitled to use deadly force in the face of a credible threat only when he cannot ...
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  • OVI/DUI Checkpoints For Labor Day Weekend 2013

    Authorities have announced that they will be operating a OVI/DUI checkpoints in the following areas over the 2013 Labor Day weekend: Parma Heights, Ohio - Friday, August 30, 2013, on Pearl Road from 11 pm to 3 am. Logan County, Ohio - Friday, August 30, 2013, on Ohio 366 between 8 pm and 10 pm in the village of Russells Point. Bratenahl, Ohio - Saturday, August 31, 2013, on Lakeshore Blvd. The ...
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  • More Appellate Success For DiCaudo & Yoder.

    This week, Ohio's Ninth District Court of Appeals released another appellate decision ruling in favor of a DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder attorney. On August 14, 2013, in State v. Hurd, the 9 th District reversed a trial court decision finding the defendant guilty of domestic violence after a bench trial. In Hurd , the defendant was forced to defend herself at trial after she was unable to complete ...
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  • July 26-28, 2013 OVI/DUI Checkpoints

    Authorities have announced that they will be operating a OVI/DUI checkpoints in the following areas over the July 26-28, 2013 weekend: Garfield Heights, Ohio - Friday, July 26, 2013, on Turney Rd. from 8pm to 1 am. More information about checkpoints will be provided as it becomes available. As always, the Attorneys from DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder recommend that you designate a driver if you plan ...
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  • June 20-23, 2013 OVI/DUI Checkpoints

    Authorities have announced that they will be operating a OVI/DUI checkpoints in the following areas over the June 20-23, 2013 weekend: Cleveland, Ohio - Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Broadway Ave. and Baxter Ave. from 8pm to 1 am. More information about checkpoints will be provided as it becomes available. As always, the Attorneys from DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder recommend that you designate a driver ...
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  • United States Supreme Court Rules On Controversial DNA Testing Case

    At the beginning of this month, the United States Supreme Court issued a controversial decision in the case of Maryland v. King , determining that a Maryland state law permitting law enforcement officers to take DNA swabs from individuals arrested, but not yet convicted, of certain crimes is constitutional. The Court voted 5-4 in favor of reversing the Maryland Court of Appeals decision in King v. ...
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  • DUI Checkpoints In Summit And Portage Counties To Continue Throughout Summer.

    Those of you out of the road after 11:00 pm the last few weeks have probably noticed congested traffic and delays due to some of the check points throughout the Summit, and Portage County areas. We have been told that these check points are going to continue throughout the summer so be careful. Sobriety checkpoints function as a general purpose investigatory tactic where police can get a close ...
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  • DiCaudo & Yoder Obtain Expungments In Criminal Cases

    The law firm of DiCaudo and Yoder has had a great deal of success over the last year focusing on expungments throughout the State of Ohio. Attorney Nick Horrigan has focused his practice on the new expungemnet law and has helped dozens of people who were once told they were not eligible for an expungement. In the latter part of 2012, Attorney Horrigan represented a client who was charged and ...
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  • What You Need To Know About Getting Your Ohio Criminal Record Sealed

    Generally speaking, criminal records in Ohio are open to inspection by the public. This means that anyone can go online or to the courthouse and search the records to find out if an individual has ever been charged with or convicted of a crime. Every time you apply for a job, your criminal history is readily available to the company you want to work for. Often, people want to know how to get their ...
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  • DiCaudo & Yoder Achieve Dismissal Of Charges In Criminal Case

    Sometimes in a criminal defense attorney's life justice is served only through perseverance and unwavering belief that your client is innocent of the charge. Such is the case of a young boy that Attorney Yoder represented a few months back. The client was charged with inducing panic when a school official read his journal and found drawings of him allegedly murdering his fellow classmates. The ...
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  • What To Look For When Choosing Your OVI/DUI Attorney.

    I went to Google today and searched for Akron DUI lawyer. There were a number of websites that popped up. I began to scroll through them and noticed that the vast majority of the attorneys advertising as an OVI/DUI lawyer in Akron either were not from the Akron area or were attorneys who did not specialize in OVI/DUI law. They would be considered general practitioners who dabble in the criminal ...
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  • What You Need To Know About OVI/DUI's Before St. Patrick's Day

    The most commonly asked question of an OVI/DUI defense attorney is "What happens during an OVI/DUI stop and what should I do if I get pulled over? Although there is no definitive answer to this question, the police generally follow a common procedure which can be handled by keeping in mind several pieces of advice. An OV/DUI charge usually stems from a traffic stop of an individual during which ...
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  • DiCaudo & Yoder Obtains Not Guilty Verdict On Aggravated Murder

    Following a week-long trial in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder Attorney J. Reid Yoder was successful in securing a jury verdict of Not Guilty for a client charged with Aggravated Murder. Had the client been convicted, he would have been facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. Attorney Yoder's client was also indicted for Murder, however, the ...
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  • Recent Case Victory Defending Against Felony Aggravated Burglary

    Recently, our firm represented a client who was facing an aggravated burglary felony charge, that would result in 11 years of prison. One of our founding attorneys, Thomas DiCaudo, represented the client in court, where the client was asked to plead guilty if the charges were reduced. After sitting down with the client, Mr. DiCaudo had to inform the Prosecutor's Office that they were going to ...
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  • FDA Urged To Consider Reclassification Of Hydrocodone

    On January 25, 2013, the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee recommended that the Food and Drug Adminstration place tighter restrictions on hyrdrocodone, he most widely prescribed drug in the United States. The Committee advocated that hydrocodone should be reclassified from a schedule III drug, one defined as having moderate abuse potential, to a schedule II, those drugs with high ...
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  • Ohio's Fifth District Court Of Appeals Rules That Driving Slowly Is Not Grounds For A Traffic Stop

    Last Friday, Ohio's Fifth District Court of Appeals issued a decision in State v. Dean (5 th Dist. 2013), 2013-Ohio-313, holding that a traffic stop of a motorist traveling substantially under the speed limit is not permissible unless the driver is obstructing the flow of traffic. The case stems from a traffic stop by a Pataskala police officer of Alan Dean occurring on March 18, 2012. After ...
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  • December 28, 2012, DUI/OVI Checkpoint

    Authorities have announced that an OVI/DUI checkpoint originally scheduled for December 21, 2012, in Garfield Heights, Ohio, will be moved to Friday, December 28, 2012, starting at 10 pm. The checkpoint will be located on Broadway Ave. More information about this and other checkpoints this weekend and on New Year's Eve will be posted as it becomes available. As always, the Attorneys from DiCaudo, ...
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  • December 21, 2012, DUI/OVI Checkpoint

    Authorities have announced that they will be operating OVI/DUI checkpoint in Garfield Heights, Ohio, on Friday, December 21, 2012, starting at 10 pm. The checkpoint will be located on Broadway Ave. More information about this and other checkpoints this weekend and over the Holidays will be posted as it becomes available. As always, the Attorneys from DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder recommend that you ...
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  • DiCaudo & Yoder Attorneys Achieve Success On Appeal

    In two consecutive weeks, Ohio's Ninth District Court of Appeals has released appellate decisions ruling in favor of DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder attorneys. On November 28, 2012, in State v. Evans , the 9 th District affirmed a trial court decision sustaining DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder Attorney Tom DiCaudo's motion to suppress evidence illegally seized by police during a traffic stop. In Evans , ...
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  • Thanksgiving 2012 DUI/OVI Checkpoints

    Authorities have announced that they will be operating OVI/DUI checkpoints in the following areas over the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday: Parma, Ohio - Wednesday, November 21, 2012. A checkpoint will be operated in Parma on Ridge Rd. from 7pm to 12am. Brunswick, Ohio - Wednesday, November 21, 2012. A checkpoint will be operated on Center Road west of Pearl Rd. from 8:30 pm to 2a m Medina, Ohio - ...
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  • November 9-11, 2012 DUI/OVI Checkpoints

    Law enforcement has announced that there will be OVI/DUI checkpoints in the following areas this weekend: Cleveland, Ohio - Friday, Novmeber 9, 2012. Checkpoint will operate Friday night somewhere in the Second District. Exact time and location have not yet been announced. As always, the Attorneys from DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder recommend that you designate a driver if you plan on drinking over ...
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