Federal vs. State Sexual Assault Charges
The U.S. Constitution and Title 18 of the United States Code govern federal courts. In contrast, state courts are subject to a dual jurisdiction governed by federal and state statutes. This dichotomy results in significant distinctions that directly influence the defense strategy for sex crimes and the legal proceedings defendants encounter. Whether a defendant faces […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
More People Required to Register as a Sex Offender
A recent incident in Baltimore, Ohio resulted in a new category being added to the list for those who must register as sex offenders in the state of Ohio. Police charged a man with public indecency after he was caught flashing school buses from his apartment. Public indecency is a crime committed “for the thrill” […]